Register for Winter Bike to Work Day; Join the January Challenge

Register Today for Winter Bike to Work Day!

Join Commuting Solutions, Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), Way to Go, and cyclists across the Denver northwest metro region for Winter Bike to Work Day!

Commuting Solutions will have two locations! The first is outside of the Sport Stable in Downtown Superior, and the second at US 36 & Broomfield RTD Station!

The annual event encourages seasoned cyclists to brave the elements and ride to work on their bikes. Pledge to ride with DRCOG online today!

Participate in Way to Go’s Monthly Challenges!

Have you logged your trips for January through the My Way to Go platform? Don’t forget to do so! One lucky winner who logs 8 or more trips will receive a National Parks 2022 Calendar!

Visit https://mywaytogo.org/ to register and log your trips!

 

RTD January 2022 Updates: System Optimization Plan, Service Alert Systems

RTD Seeks Input on System Optimization Plan

As part of the on-going Reimagine RTD process, on January 10th RTD released a draft System Optimization Plan (SOP) for public review. The SOP provides a route-by-route guide for service growth between now and 2027.

RTD developed the draft SOP to:

  • Reverse / mitigate trends of ridership loss
  • Improve service performance / efficiency
  • Ensure fiscal sustainability
  • Address changing travel market demands
  • Remain competitive
  • Improve service quality

The Reimagine RTD team is working with the RTD Board of Directors to finalize the SOP in early 2022. RTD is planning to formally adopt the SOP in March of 2022, with the understanding that full implementation may not be possible until 2027 due to financial constraints and workforce limitations. Implementation of the SOP will be integrated into RTD’s existing service change process, which includes community notification, public hearings and board approval before being finalized.

To see how your trips may change and to let RTD know what you think, please access our online mapping tool online.

For more information about Reimagine RTD, visit the RTD website.

RTD Debuts Service Alert System

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) has debuted an enhanced Service Alerts system which will allow for signs up and notifications can now be sent by text message.

The new system offers more targeted notifications, including direction of travel and specific stops. Individuals can be notified by email, text message or both.

Customers will also be able to manage subscriptions to alerts and RTD newsletters.

To sign up, visit the Service Alerts webpage.

Downtown Superior Modes Wants to Hear From You

Whether your trip is 5 minutes long or 25 miles long, by switching your mode of transportation to Downtown Superior, you can save time, money and help the environment. Downtown Superior Modes can help you plan your trips!

Downtown Superior Modes is a program created to reduce vehicle trips to and from Downtown Superior. It assures that the lifestyle of the community is centered around positive travel behaviors that have less of an impact on the environment, US 36 and the surrounding roads.

Learn more about Downtown Superior Modes and take our survey! For those who complete the survey, you’ll be entered to win a $25 gift card!

Message from the Executive Director: Resiliency in 2022

Audrey DeBarros HeadshotWhile 2022 did not start off the way we thought or planned, it’s shown us one thing at Commuting Solutions. We are located in a resilient and thoughtful community, and that is something we are greatly appreciative of.

The Marshall Fire devastated our area and our community in Boulder and Broomfield Counties have rallied to support one another during this scary and stressful time. We are thankful of our partners and stakeholders at Boulder County, the City of Louisville, the Town of Superior, RTD, Via Mobility Services and so many more for what you’re doing to help keep transportation moving forward during these times.

We are also thankful for the support from our federal, state, regional and local dignitaries for stepping quickly when we needed help the most. Thank you to Gov. Jared Polis, Congressman Joe Neguse, Senators Hickenlooper and Bennet for your support and quickly getting FEMA resources to our communities and residents.

And thank you to President Joe Biden for showing your support and care and providing our communities with resources in a timely manner.

We are a resilient community, and we will be even stronger after this. We will need to continue to rely on each other and support each other.

Boulder County has created a webpage with transportation commuting resources available to those who have been affected. Commuting Solutions wants to help provide resources as well, and if you need support, please don’t hesitate to reply to this email and we will help.

Cheers,

Audrey DeBarros, Executive Director

Transportation Resources Available for Those Affected by Marshall Fire

This post has been updated as of Jan. 7, 2022.

The recent fire that devastated our area has brought a multitude of challenges. Commuting Solutions is providing resources from local and regional partners regarding transportation together to help those affected by the fire.

The list will be updated as resources are made more available.

Disaster Assistance Center

The Disaster Assistance Center is located at 1755 S. Public Road in Lafayette.

Boulder County Services

Boulder County is working with local and regional agencies to provide transportation assistance to and from the impacted communities as well as to the DAC. Boulder County has created a webpage with available information and resources.

RTD Services

As of Jan. 6, Route 228 is back to its normal route. For the schedule, visit RTD online.

Complimentary ride passes are available at the DAC for those who need them. Commuting Solutions can also provide ride passes— email cathi@commutingsolutions.org or call at 303-604-4383.

As of Jan. 5, US 36 & McCaslin Station is open and being services and FF1 and AB are being operated once again.

As of Jan. 6, customers booking FlexRide trips can book rides to any destination throughout east Boulder County including to/from Superior, Louisville, Lafayette and the Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) at 1755 S. Public Road in Lafayette.

To schedule a FlexRide trip, go to rtd-denver.com/services/flexride/trip-planner. FlexRide can also be scheduled by downloading the FlexRide app or by phone at 303-299-6000.

RTD customers who left their vehicle at the US 36 McCaslin Park-n-Ride can now pick up their vehicles. Customers must enter at the corner of McCaslin Blvd. and Marshall Road and may be asked to show identification to enter.

School Commuting

Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) is working with Boulder Valley School District to provide a resource which connects parents to available carpools to school. To register for the resource, email your name and where your student goes to school to saferoutes@bvsd.org. You will receive information about registering for your specific school, which will allow you to connect with other parents.

Ride Free Lafayette Service

As of Jan. 6, customers can book rides to any destination throughout east Boulder County including to/from Superior, Louisville, Lafayette and the Disaster Assistance Center using Ride Free Lafayette (RFL).

You can book a trip by visiting www.ridefreelafayette.com, by calling 833-456-3359 or via the On Demand Transit Rider app.

Via Mobility Service

Via Mobility Services’ Paratransit division can provide rides to people and assist with trips to the DAC Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by calling 303-447-9636. For assistance after those hours, please call 303-725-4160.

Car Share Services

Uber vouchers for general travel are available at the DAC. Lyft is offering two rides, up to $15 each, through their LyftUp Disaster Response program through Jan. 18.

Colorado CarShare is offering a variety of free services to those affected. Call 303-720-1185 or email info@carshare.org.

Bicycle Services

Community Cycles is offering free used bikes for transportation for those affected. To apply for a bike, email firebikes@communitycycles.org and include your height, address and a brief description of how you’ll be using the bike.

Louisville Cyclery is collecting and distributing used bikes. Visit their shop to donate or if you need a bike at 889 E. South Boulder Road in Louisville.

FullCycle & Colorado MultiSport is offering free one-day bike rentals and discounts on multi-day rentals. Visit their website to learn more.

Telework Services

Confluence Small Business Collective in Lafayette is offering free workspaces to those who have been impacted. Visit Confluence online for more information.

Ride Free Lafayette: Frequently Asked Questions

There’s a free shuttle service within the City of Lafayette called Ride Free Lafayette which anyone can use to run errands, go to appointments or go see friends!

What is the Ride Free Lafayette program?

The Ride Free Lafayette program is a free, on-demand bus service which connects people to places within the City of Lafayette.

How do I book a ride with Ride Free Lafayette?

There are three ways to book your ride with Ride Free Lafayette!

The first is to call (833)-456-3359, you can book your ride online or download the On Demand Transit: Rider App.

The Ride Free Lafayette Bus will arrive at your pick-up location at the designated time.

Trips can be booked online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Representatives can book a ride, using the phone number, during hours of operation Monday through Sunday.

How can I cancel my Ride Free Lafayette scheduled ride?

All rides on the Ride Free Lafayette service are free and there’s no penalties or fees for cancelation.

If the trip was booked via the app or website, log into your account and cancel the trip. If the trip was booked through a representative, please call 833-456-3359 to cancel or reschedule your trip.

What are the service times for Ride Free Lafayette?

The Ride Free Lafayette bus runs Monday through Sunday and holidays from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Can I walk onto the Ride Free Lafayette bus without a scheduled trip?

Riders can walk onto the bus if they see the Ride Free Lafayette bus in the community and the driver can make a trip for the rider via their tablet.

Where can you take the Ride Free Lafayette bus?

Ride Free Lafayette Service Area Map AreaResidents and visitors can use the Ride Free Lafayette service to connect to transit stops, go to medical appointments, run errands, get to work, visit the community center and more!

The start and finish destinations must be within the City of Lafayette or the Kestrel Community in the City of Louisville.

The service area operates throughout the City of Lafayette.

Is Ride Free Lafayette accessible?

Yes! The Ride Free Lafayette bus is accessible to people of all ages and ability levels.

The 14-seat bus features a wheelchair lift that accommodates all types of wheelchairs.

Service animals are allowed on the bus in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Non-service animals are not permitted on the vehicle.

Does the Ride Free Lafayette bus have a bike rack?

The bus features a bike rack, which has the capacity to hold two bicycles. Passengers are responsible for loading and unloading the bicycles onto the front of the vehicle.

What are the COVID guidelines for the Ride Free Lafayette service?

The Ride Free Lafayette bus is deep-cleaned each day and intermittent cleaning of high-touch points are cleaned throughout the day.

Distancing requirements are required on all buses.

Via Mobility does require all drivers and riders wear a non-surgical face mask while riding the bus.

 

Resources:

Colorado Energy Office Releases Report about Zero Emission Trucks

The Colorado Energy Office recently released an analysis which projects that’s aggressive zero-emission vehicle policies could result in greenhouse gas reductions of up to 4.4 million metric tons compared to projected levels annually by 2050.

The report states there is potential to deliver more than $20 billion in benefits to Coloradans over the next 30 years.

The report discusses how adopting clean truck policies would cut medium- and heavy-duty vehicle emissions by 45% or more by mid-century and estimates prevented pollution is worth more than $10 billion.

To read the study, visit Colorado Energy Office’s website.

Portion of US 36 Bikeway Closed during Construction

US 36 Bikeway DetourStarting in late October/early November, the US 36 Bikeway will be closed between West 92nd Avenue and West 88th Avenue to accommodate construction.

There will be a local detour during the duration of the construction through early 2023.

The Sheridan Underpass, also known as the Sheridan Boulevard Multimodal Transportation Improvement (MTI) Project, is a federal-aid transportation project with oversight from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). The project will provide improvements for all modes of transportation for the highly utilized corridor.

The project includes:

  • Installation of a pre-cast concrete arch underpass
  • A new US 36 bikeway underpass connecting Downtown Westminster to the RTD US 36 & Sheridan Station parking lot near Sheridan Boulevard and 88th Avenue
  • New traffic signals at the West 88th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard intersection
  • Widening Sheridan Boulevard to six-lane facility from Turnpike Drive to West 88th Place
  • Patterned concrete medians
  • Street and pedestrian lights
  • ADA ramps
  • Storm sewer drainage improvements

Its anticipated construction will start in November and be completed in 2023.

For more information on the project, visit the City of Westminster’s project webpage

RTD October 2021 Updates: Telephone Town Halls, Bike-n-Ride shelters

RTD LogoRTD Hosts Telephone Town Halls

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) is hosting a series of telephone town halls to discuss and gather input on the upcoming fare study and equity analysis, the building back of service as RTD moves through COVID-19, and to provide updates on key projects as RTD explores ways to revamp its services to meet the future needs of the district through Reimagine RTD.

On Oct. 18 District I Director Erik Davidson will be featured from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

On Oct. 21 District O Director Lynn Guissinger will be featured from 6-7 p.m.

To participate in a telephone town hall, call 855-543-3425 or visit RTD’s website to listen in with the audio player. The public can also pre-register to receive a call when the event begins by selecting an upcoming event and provide their information.

For more information, visit RTD’s website.

Two people putting bike into Bike-n-Ride shelterBike-n-Ride Shelters to Open in Broomfield and Westminster

Two new Bike-n-Ride shelters will open this fall along the US 36 Corridor in Broomfield and Westminster.

Bike-n-Ride shelters provide bicycle parking for transit riders making connections to and from RTD stations. The Bike-n-Ride program makes it easy to combine bus trips and bike rides by using the shelter to complete the first or final mile of your commute.

Commuters apply to receive a card to access the shelters. Shelters also provide weather-protected bicycle storage for people making connections! Commute stress-free knowing that your bike is sheltered from Colorado weather!

The two new shelters will be Westbound US 36 & Broomfield and Eastbound US 36 & Sheridan.

For more information on the shelters, visit Commuting Solutions’ website.

Bike-n-Ride Shelters: Frequently Asked Questions

Want to get from point A to point B but want to leave your car at home? Bike-n-Ride shelters are a great resource to use when you want to ride your bike and keep it locked up before loading onto the bus.

This fall, Commuting Solutions, the City & County of Broomfield, the City of Westminster and RTD have partnered to construct and operate two new shelters to add the list of available shelters already available in the northwest metro region! A shelter will be opened in Broomfield at the US 36 & Broomfield station on the westbound side, and one in Westminster at the US 36 & Sheridan station on the eastbound side.

Bike-n-Ride shelters are the second highest priority in the US 36 First and Final Mile Study’s corridor-wide recommendations.

Access cards for the shelters, along with the shelters throughout Boulder County, can be applied for on Commuting Solutions’ webpage.

What is a Bike-n-Ride shelter?

A Bike-n-Ride shelter provides bicycle parking for transit riders making connections to and from RTD stations.

The Bike-n-Ride program makes it easy to combine bus trips and bike rides by using the shelter to complete the first or final mile of your commute!

Shelters provide weather-protected bicycle storage and provides users an option to not have to load their bike onto the bus.

How do you access a Bike-n-Ride shelter?

Users apply for an access card to be able to access the Bike-n-Ride shelters. Receiving an access card allows the user to access shelters throughout Boulder County and two new locations in Broomfield and Westminster.

Once you apply for the card, access cards should arrive in the mail within five to 10 business days.

Where do I apply for a Bike-n-Ride shelter access card?

You can apply for a Bike-n-Ride access card on Commuting Solutions’ webpage!

Where are the Bike-n-Ride shelters located?

There are currently stations in Boulder County with two new locations opening in Broomfield and Westminster.

The following locations are:

  • Broomfield (Westbound US 36 & Broomfield)
  • Westminster (Eastbound US 36 & Sheridan)
  • Superior (US 36 & Eastbound McCaslin)
  • Louisville (US 36 & Westbound McCaslin)
  • Longmont (Hover Street & Highway 119/Diagonal)
  • North Boulder (30th Street & CO 119/Diagonal Highway)
  • Longmont (8th & Coffman)
  • US 36 & Table Mesa Station (near gate C)
  • Downtown Boulder Station (Walnut and 14th Street)

Do you need to lock your bike inside the Bike-n-Ride shelter?

Yes. It’s important to lock your bike inside the Bike-n-Ride shelter. Users should bring their own locks, and U-locks are recommended.

How much does it cost to use a Bike-n-Ride shelter?

Bike-n-Ride shelters are free to use, but users must have an access card to enter the shelters.

What other information do I need to know about the Bike-n-Ride shelters?

Users should not leave their bike in the shelter for more than 30 consecutive days.

The shelters are only for the storage of operable bikes and bicycle accessories.

 

Resources:

Commuting Solutions’ Bike-n-Ride shelter webpage

Boulder County’s Bike-n-Ride shelter webpage

RTD’s Bike-n-Ride shelter webpage