Keeping Regional Businesses and Governments in the Transportation Know

October 4, 2016

Keeping Regional Businesses and Governments in the Transportation Know
Commuting Solutions to host bi-monthly membership meeting on Tuesday, October 11

LOUISVILLE, Colo.—Commuting Solutions Membership Meetings provide a collaborative environment for regional businesses, governments and agencies to discuss and plan the future of the US 36 corridor.  Each meeting is dedicated to informing members on the latest transportation and economic development plans, and focuses on gaining their insight into key issues. These meetings assist in shaping Commuting Solutions’ advocacy efforts and help keep the Northwest region an attractive place to live and work.

Commuting Solutions is thrilled to announce that Superior Mayor Clint Folsom will speak at the upcoming meeting on behalf of the US 36 Mayors and Commissioners Coalition. If you’re interested in attending this meeting, contact info@commutingsolutions.org.

The meeting agenda includes:

US 36 Mayors & Commissioners Coalition Update – Mayor Clint Folsom, Town of Superior
An update on the political and public policy coalition building efforts underway for the Northwest region.

RoadX: Intelligent Mobility Xcelerator – Peter Kozinski, CDOT RoadX Program Director
RoadX is Colorado’s bold commitment to our customers to be a national leader in using innovative technology to improve our transportation system.

RTD’s Strategic Budget and Financial Plan – Heather Copp, RTD Chief Financial Officer
This segment will provide an update on RTD’s strategic budget and financial plan and the impacts to the Northwest region.

Transit Oriented Development Planning: Longmont 1st and Main Street Station – David Starnes, Longmont Redevelopment & Revitalization Manager
Longmont is investing in their community through the addition of a new transit facility. The City is currently exploring land use and transportation plans to maximize local investments. 

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Friends of the US 36 Bikeway Hosts a Series of Fall Rides for US 36 Communities

LOUISVILLE, Colo.—Friends of the US 36 Bikeway, a new cycling program launched by Commuting Solutions, will host a series of rides for US 36 communities this fall. Rides will take place in each US 36 community and will focus on introducing cyclists of all abilities and ages to the new 18-mile US 36 Bikeway, which opened in full on March 1 of this year.

With these rides, Friends of the US 36 Bikeway hopes to further their mission of inspiring a cycling culture in the US 36 corridor and increasing the number of cyclists who use the new bike path. Commuting Solutions Executive Director Audrey DeBarros says, “The upcoming rides are one simple step we are taking to raise awareness about the US 36 Bikeway and to encourage US 36 residents to be champions for cycling.”

The upcoming rides will be led by volunteers who are engrained in their communities and are passionate about sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm for cycling with others. Businesses and even governments have come forward to help lead rides for their communities. Broomfield City Council Member Stan Jezierski says, “The US 36 Bikeway provides an easy and safe way to bike from Broomfield to all US 36 communities, and Broomfield City Council Member Sharon Tessier and I are thrilled to be able to lead our residents on a ride along this amazing bicycling highway.”

Rides are currently scheduled to take place in:

  • Broomfield on Saturday, September 3 at 9 a.m.
  • Louisville/Superior on Saturday, September 10 at 8:30 a.m.
  • Louisville/Lafayette on Monday, September 12 at 6 p.m.
  • Boulder on Saturday, September 17 at 9 a.m.

*A date for the Westminster ride will be announced in September

Route details and information on the Friends of the US 36 Bikeway program can be found at commutingsolutions.org.

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A Vantastic Way to Reduce Traffic Congestion

August 24, 2016

A Vantastic Way to Reduce Traffic Congestion
Thanks to US 36 Express Lanes Project funding, Commuting Solutions adds eight new vanpools to US 36

LOUISVILLE, Colo.—A two-year social marketing campaign developed by Commuting Solutions and funded by the US 36 Express Lanes Project resulted in the formation of eight new US 36 vanpools and incentivized 48 solo drivers to start or join a vanpool. To date, the US 36 Congestion Mitigation Program’s 48 participating vanpoolers have reduced 6,717 trips and 161,212 vehicle miles traveled (VMT).

Aside from transit, vanpooling is one of the most efficient uses of roadways and provides significant cost benefits for their riders. Commuting Solutions Executive Director Audrey DeBarros explains, “The cost to drive alone is generally 57 cents per mile, meaning a 30-mile round-trip commute costs $376 per month, per driver compared to an average cost of $75-$150 per month, per vanpooler.” DeBarros goes on to add, “Moving multiple commuters in one vehicle maximizes HOV travel lane usage and ultimately reduces traffic congestion for all who travel in our region.”

Vanpooling is also an exceptional fit for employees who work outside of regular business hours. From January through June 2016, Commuting Solutions ran an offshoot of the US 36 Congestion Mitigation Program to target those unable to commute on transit due to their work schedules and longer trip distances. During this time, employees of select Commuting Solutions’ members received a $150 per person incentive to start or join a vanpool. Through the program, the University of Colorado Boulder added two new vanpools, bringing their vanpool count to 10.

“Because I come to CU before buses are running, and commuting 30 miles by myself is expensive, vanpooling is a great option. The monthly vanpooling fee covers all of my costs, from maintenance, to gas, to emergency roadside assistance. With the subsidies from CU and the City of Boulder, each person in the vanpool pays just $50 per month to participate.  And with the additional Commuting Solutions’ incentive, our initial vanpool costs were significantly lessened,” explains Miriam B., a CU-Boulder staff member.

The US 36 Congestion Mitigation Program runs through December 2016 and offers a $75 incentive for US 36 commuters who are willing to convert from driving alone to vanpooling. To find out if you qualify for this incentive, and others, visit: commutingsolutions.org.

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About Commuting Solutions:
Commuting Solutions is dedicated to delivering innovative transportation options that connect commuters to their workplaces, businesses to their employees, and residents to their communities. Through advocacy for infrastructure and transportation improvements, partnerships and education, we create progressive, flexible transportation solutions. Be part of the progress along US 36, visit commutingsolutions.org.

Transit group asking riders for feedback

Staff Report, Broomfield Enterprise
August 3, 2016

Commuting Solutions is teaming up with Regional Transportation District (RTD) to thank riders for using transit in their daily commute.

This morning, RTD transit riders will have the opportunity to meet RTD and Commuting Solutions staff at the U.S. 36 and Broomfield Station, located at the intersection of Wadsworth and Arista Place.

Customers have the opportunity to learn about RTD services, including the new rail services opening in 2016, as well as give feedback and suggestions on how to improve service.

The event will take place from 7 to 8:30 a.m. on the eastbound side of the bus slip ramp. Complimentary breakfast snacks will be available as well as RTD route and schedule information. Representatives from RTD Customer Care and RTD Service Planners also will be on hand to answer commuters’ questions. Commuting Solutions and RTD also plan to hold similar events at other station locations throughout the U.S. 36 corridor this summer.

For more information, please visit www.commutingsolutions.org.

Additionally, Commuting Solutions monthly meeting is Aug. 9.

Attendees can network with U.S. 36 employers and governments, learn about the latest regional transportation plans, and start the day with a cup of coffee and a sense of community.

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Highway 36 news in a hurry

Staff, Westminster Window

August 2, 2016

Workplace challenge helps get drivers off the road

More than 1,300 trips were taken by 163 cyclists from 32 companies during 36 Community Solutions’ Bike 36 Challenge, from June 13 to July 8 along the corridor’s U.S. 36 Bikeway. The organization said 1,351 trips were taken during the challenge, helping alleviate traffic along U.S. Highway 36 and promote good health.

The challenge, powered by Love to Ride, rewarded U.S. 36 employees for riding a bike during the challenge period. Businesses competed for the highest percentage of participation, and individuals competed for the most miles and most trip categories. New cyclists even had their own competition category.

One of the challenge’s top new female cyclists, Carli Dean of Boulder County AIDS Project, said the challenge helped change her commute.

“When I saw the Bike 36 Challenge occurring, I thought I’d hop on my bike to make the trek from Superior to downtown Boulder instead of sitting in traffic,” she said. “Cycling helped me get in the mindset to tackle the day’s work, enjoy the fresh air and take in the mountain views. Biking to work also gave me the chance to try a bus-then-bike commute, which was equally convenient and cheaper than driving.”

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With a little help from Friends (of US 36 Bikeway)

Cycling infrastructure considered after long construction period
Staff report, Westminster Window

With four years worth of construction in the rearview mirror, local transportation and infrastructure advocates are paving the way for future improvements to the area’s transportation network.

Transportation consultants Commuting Solutions, the transportation management organization for the U.S. Highway 36 corridor, has launched a new program — Friends of the US 36 Bikeway — aimed to bring together local cyclists, businesses and governments in developing the infrastructure making up the U.S. 36 Bikeway.

“Friends of the US 36 Bikeway is a unique intersection of public and private enterprises working with residents to address the issues U.S. 36 cyclists face,” said Commuting Solutions Executive Director Audrey DeBarros. “This group will provide key insight into what hinders cyclists from taking advantage of the existing infrastructure and will allow us to work with local governments to find solutions.”

The Friends program aims to promote cycling as a comfortable, safe and reliable transportation option through education. That means teaching the public safe cycling, equipping local businesses and their employees with information and materials, and facilitating meetings between cyclists and local governments.

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Commuting Solutions receives grant to fund signs

Louisville-based company receives $187,500 grant

By Anthony Hahn, Colorado Hometown Weekly

Commuting Solutions has received a $187,500 Station Area Master Plan (STAMP) grant from the Denver Regional Council of Governments to develop a plan for adding signs at nine RTD stations along the 18-mile U.S. Highway 36 Bikeway.

While the signs will serve to direct riders to the U.S. Bikeway and cyclists to the RTD stations, they will also provide guidance to places of interest along the route.

In addition, the grant also will be used in the final design and construction drawings and the costs associated with production and installation.

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Friends of the U.S. 36 Bikeway seeks volunteers

by , BizWest
June 27, 2016

LOUISVILLE — Friends of the U.S. 36 Bikeway, a community cycling program that launched on June 1, is looking for volunteers to lead rides for each community along the U.S. Highway 36 corridor between Boulder and Westminster, participate in biannual bikeway clean-ups and interface with businesses and local governments on the issues affecting bicyclists on the corridor.

The newly launched program falls under the umbrella of Commuting Solutions and was established to promote bike commuting on the route through community-led efforts. The program convenes cyclists, governments and businesses to address the issues that affect cyclists and provide viable, long-term solutions, while introducing, promoting and preserving the newly opened bikeway.

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Community bicycle ride to celebrate completion of U.S. 36 bikeway

A community ride along the U.S. 36 bikeway is set for Saturday to celebrate the opening of the 18-mile bike path along the Boulder-Denver corridor.

The community ride will start at 9:30 a.m. in the Avista Adventist Hospital parking lot in Louisville at 100 Health Park Drive and end at the RTD Table Mesa Station in Boulder for activities that will conclude at noon.

All ages and skill levels can attend, and there will be booths, speakers and giveaways at both ends of the ride.

“The U.S. 36 bikeway makes cycling in the corridor easy and enjoyable, and we hope that our upcoming community ride introduces even more riders to the offerings of this new path,” Commuting Solutions Executive Director Audrey DeBarros said in a statement. “We are delighted to see years of advocacy and hard work reveal a safe and accessible highway for cyclists.”

 

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Highway 36 team ‘challenges’ cyclists to ride

Free Bike 36 Challenge promotes wellness and exercise

June 6, 2016

Nonprofit commuting and transportation organization Commuting Solutions is seeking participants for the upcoming Bike 36 Challenge, running from June 13 through July 8 for businesses along the U.S. Highway 36 corridor.

Bike 36 Challenge is a free competition to encourage workers in businesses along the Highway 36 corridor to spend more time on their bikes — 10 minutes or more at a time — with teams that log the most ride competing for top prizes like movie ticket vouchers, local restaurant vouchers, bike gear and more.

The overall aim is to encourage team participation, but riders logging more miles and more trips will also earn more individual points, providing opportunity for individual prizes.

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