FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 25, 2016
Contact: Audrey DeBarros, Executive Director Commuting Solutions
Preserving the US 36 Bikeway for Today and the Future
Two new projects maintain and improve the US 36 Bikeway
LOUISVILLE, Colo.— As part of an ongoing effort to improve and maintain the newly opened US 36 Bikeway, Commuting Solutions and US 36 local governments have teamed up to launch two programs focused on enhancing the US 36 Bikeway experience. The Unified Maintenance Agreement and the Northwest Corridor Wayfinding Design and Implementation Plan both take effect this month and are significant milestones for the US 36 Bikeway and the corridor’s ongoing efforts to support cycling as a viable travel option.
The six communities where the US 36 Bikeway connects (Boulder, Boulder County, Louisville, Superior, Broomfield and Westminster) and Commuting Solutions have a Unified Maintenance Agreement, a contract stating that the US 36 Bikeway will receive ongoing maintenance year-round. The agreement includes clearing debris, concrete repairs and snow removal, the latter being a key issue for those cycling along the bikeway during the winter months. Louisville Mayor Bob Muckle explains, “Ensuring cyclists are able to commute by bike between communities is a high priority for us. We are committed to providing a consistent level of service for cyclists, just as the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) maintains roads for vehicles.”
The second project beginning this month is the Northwest Corridor Wayfinding Design and Implementation Plan. The project is the first step in planning and designing wayfinding signs for the US 36 Bikeway and US 36 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) stations. Once complete, mile markers will be placed along the US 36 Bikeway and wayfinding signs will be installed within communities to direct commuters to the US 36 BRT stations. Commuting Solutions Executive Director Audrey DeBarros says, “Small improvements such as the addition of wayfinding signs create transportation options that are easy to access and are a key component in making cycling and transit feel safe for all travelers.”
The 18-mile US 36 Bikeway stretches from Westminster to Boulder and was a fundamental piece of the multi-modal US 36 Express Lanes Project. Current daily ridership along the US 36 Bikeway is 267 in Boulder, 344 in Broomfield and 132 in Westminster. Projects that maintain and improve the US 36 Bikeway will be an integral component of growing ridership in the corridor over the coming years and decades.
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