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.

#          #         #

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.

Smart signs help improve safety on U.S. 36

July 15, 2016                  

Public Testing Begins Next Week

ADAMS/BROOMFIELD/BOULDER COUNTIES—The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) begins field testing its Smart Signs system on U.S. 36 on Monday, July 18.

Located between Federal Boulevard in Westminster to Table Mesa Drive in Boulder, the overhead signs, which have been tested behind the scenes for the last year, will help drivers anticipate and prepare for congestion and lane closures caused by accidents, disabled vehicles and other obstacles.

The testing period begins at 9 a.m. Monday, and continues through 9 a.m. Friday, July 22. During this period, the traveling public will be provided with real-time incident information and CDOT will be observing driver behavior when the signs are activated. CDOT also will be making sure the equipment is working properly and displaying correct information.

U.S. 36 is one of two corridors in Colorado to have this system. The Smart Signs also will be implemented on southbound Interstate 25 from 120th Avenue to U.S. 36, as part of the North I-25 Express Lanes.

“For years, CDOT has studied similar traffic management systems in other states. We took the best practices of those states and are applying those to our highways,” said CDOT Transportation Systems Management and Operations Director Ryan Rice. “This is the first time a system like this has been installed in the state and we anticipate it’ll improve safety on the corridor by allowing drivers to be better prepared for problems ahead.”

In other states where similar traffic management systems have been employed, crashes
have been reduced by an average of 30 percent and the road capacity has increased approximately 22 percent.

The Smart Signs system uses input from cameras and vehicle detectors to collect and process information about current traffic conditions, 24 hours a day. Information is then posted on the overhead digital signs, displaying whether a lane is open or closed, or provide advisory speed limits to avoid the need for sudden braking that can lead to secondary accidents.

Advisory speed limits will be used to incrementally slow drivers as they approach congestion. The lowest advisory speed will be 35 mph, even if traffic is moving slower. Just like a static speed limit sign, adverse traffic conditions may require slower speeds than the posted limit.

If a lane is closed, the status signs will direct drivers to merge into an open lane in advance of the closure.

Full-time activation of the U.S. 36 Smart Signs system is expected to begin within the next several months.

To view videos of similar systems in other states, please see:

http://www.dot.state.mn.us/smartlanes/signsinuse.html

http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/smarterhighways/

CDOT’s Smart Signs system is a component of the multi-modal U.S. 36 Express Lanes Project. In addition to two free general purpose lanes in each direction, it includes Express Lanes that accommodate High Occupancy Vehicles (HOV), Bus Rapid Transit (BRT- implemented January 2016), and tolled vehicles. The project also replaced several bridges, built a bikeway, added BRT improvements, and installed Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) for tolling, transit and traveler information, and incident management. Phase 1, from Federal Boulevard to 88th Street in Louisville/Superior, opened in July 2015. Phase 2, from 88th Street to Table Mesa Drive in Boulder, opened in March 2016.

For more project information, please call 303-944-2008 or go to www.codot.gov/programs/expresslanes.

###

 

US 36 Express Lanes Project receives national recognition for innovative public-private partnership

July 15, 2016

CDOT’s first P3 receives award from American Road & Transportation Builders Association

DENVERThe High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE), the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Plenary Roads Denver (PRD) today were recognized as models of excellence in innovative transportation financing by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).

The Project of the Year Award, which was presented to CDOT, HPTE and PRD, spotlights a project that demonstrates the high value and innovation Public-Private Partnerships (P3) bring to transportation development in the U.S.  It was presented during ARTBA’s 28th Annual Public-Private Partnership (P3) in Transportation Conference, held in Washington D.C.

“CDOT and HPTE are committed to finding innovative ways to finance transportation projects, like P3s, and we are proud to receive this accolade by a national organization for our partnership with Plenary Roads Denver,” said HPTE Director David Spector. “The US 36 Express Lanes Project will serve as a successful model for years to come on how to deliver multi-modal P3 projects.”

The US 36 Express Lanes Project is a multi-modal, public-private partnership led by CDOT, HPTE, the Regional Transportation District (RTD) and PRD. The project was completed on the busy U.S. 36 corridor between Denver and Boulder and includes the successful build out of two free general purpose lanes in each direction, one tolled Express Lane in each direction, and a bikeway along the US 36 corridor. The project offers users the choice to ride the bus, carpool, bike, use the two free reconstructed general purpose lanes or pay a toll in the Express Lanes. The Express Lanes accommodate High Occupancy Vehicles (HOV), Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and tolled vehicles.

“The US 36 Express Lanes Project is all about innovation in transportation financing and serves as proof that regional collaboration can make this type of multi-modal project successful for project partners and the general public,” said Dale Bonner, Plenary Group Executive Chairman.

The delivery of the project was split into two phases. The $318 million first phase was procured as a design-build contract, which began initial construction work. The $179 million second phase was procured as a P3, with PRD as concessionaire to finance, design, build, operate and maintain Phase 2 construction work, assume TIFIA loan obligations and operate and maintain Phase 1 work that was done.

The lanes opened to traffic in January 2016 and tolls commenced in March for the second phase. The PRD project team included Plenary Group, Ames Construction Inc., Granite Construction Company, HDR Engineering, Broadspectrum, and Goldman Sachs.

For more information about the project, visit www.codot.gov/programs/expresslanes.

About Express Lanes: Express Lanes increase roadway capacity and help to manage congestion on the highways. The use of toll pricing during peak travel times reduces delays, manages congestion and maintains reliable travel times. Express Lanes currently span seven miles on I-25, between downtown Denver and US 36. For more information, visit expresslanes.codot.gov.

About the High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE): The HPTE operates as a government-owned, independent business within CDOT. It seeks out innovative ways to finance projects to help Colorado fulfill its commitment to increase travel choices through options that include Express Lanes, transit, biking, walking and carpooling. For more information, visit www.coloradohpte.com.

About Plenary Roads Denver (PRD): PRD is a Denver-based consortium of industry leading firms established to efficiently deliver improvements to the US 36 corridor. By creating a team of experts from each part of the infrastructure industry, PRD is able to ensure an integrated roadway, bus rapid transit system, and bikeway that serve the needs of all residents. PRD’s team consists of Ames Construction, Granite Construction, HDR and Broad Spectrum, and is led by Plenary Group, an investor, developer and operator of public infrastructure projects in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Plenary Group’s U.S. headquarters is located in Los Angeles, Calif., with additional offices in Denver, Colo.

###

 

Tolls begin tomorrow on North I-25 Express Lanes, US 36 to 120th

July 11, 2016

Toll prices range from $1 to $3 for ExpressToll pass holders

DENVER — The High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) and Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) are reminding the public that toll collection on the North I-25 Express Lanes, between US 36 and 120th Avenue, will begin tomorrow, Tuesday, July 12.

The North I-25 Express Lanes will provide much needed relief for congestion on this stretch of I-25. The Express Lanes reduce time spent in traffic for not only people in the Express Lanes, but also for people in the general purpose lanes.

“We need to explore new ways of using our existing infrastructure to provide congestion relief and make commuting easier,” said HPTE Director David Spector. “The North I-25 Express Lanes will improve mobility and accessibility for thousands of businesses and neighborhoods and will reduce travel times in this critical corridor connecting the north metro area to Denver and I-70.”

The toll rates on the North I-25 Express Lanes will range in price depending on the time of day to ensure a reliable travel time for people in the Express Lanes. For example, on the southbound North I-25 Express Lanes during peak travel times, 7:15-8:15 a.m., the toll rate for drivers with a pass will be $2.25, and the License Plate Toll (LPT) will be $5.56. On northbound I-25, between US 36 and 120th Avenue, toll rates from 4:30-6 p.m. will be $3 for drivers with an ExpressToll account and pass, and $6.75 for a LPT. The complete toll schedule is available online.

The North I-25 Express Lanes, from 120th Avenue to the existing reversible Central I-25 Express Lanes, which end at US 36, opened for testing in March 2016. If you are planning to use the North I-25 Express Lanes, CDOT recommends getting an ExpressToll account and pass to save money and the higher LPTs. Drivers are never forced to pay a toll and can always use the free general purpose lanes or choose to carpool (free for vehicles with two or more people and a switchable transponder pass)*. Drivers can save money on tolls by visiting www.expresstoll.com to set up an ExpressToll account.

*NOTE:

  • CDOT is in the process of making changes to motorcycle and carpooling pass requirements to make it easier to use CDOT’s HOV Express Lanes
  • As of Jan. 1, 2017, all carpoolers will be HOV 3+, or driver plus two passengers to use the HOV Express Lanes for free with a transponder
  • Go to gov/programs/expresslanes for upated information

About Express Lanes: Express Lanes increase roadway capacity and help to manage congestion on the highways. The use of toll pricing during peak travel times reduces delays, manages congestion and maintains reliable travel times. Express Lanes are currently open on I-25 between downtown Denver and 120th Avenue, US 36 between Denver and Boulder, and on I-70 between Idaho Springs and Empire. For more information, visit www.codot.gov/programs/expresslanes. To get an ExpressToll account and pass, visit www.expresstoll.com.

About the High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE): The HPTE operates as a government-owned, independent business within CDOT. It searches out innovative ways to finance projects to help Colorado fulfill its commitment to increase travel choices through options that include Express Lanes, transit, biking, walking and carpooling. For more information, visit www.coloradohpte.com.

Visit www.codot.gov/projects/I25NorthExpressLanes for more information on North I-25 Express Lanes.

 

###

RTD Civic Center Station now closed for renovation

Station will be closed for approximately 12-18 months;
bus service will be rerouted

DENVER, July 5, 2016 – Civic Center Station, one of the Regional Transportation District’s (RTD) busiest regional bus transit centers, is now closed for renovations. The closure will last approximately 12-18 months.

Once completed, the renovated Civic Center Station will be a state-of-the-art transit hub to complement Union Station and will provide improved connections and convenience for RTD passengers.

During the closure, bus routes from Civic Center Station will be assigned temporary bus gates along Broadway and Lincoln Street.

Passengers using routes 90L, 122X, FF4, and R/RC/RX will board buses on Lincoln between 17th Avenue and Colfax Avenue.

Gates on Lincoln Street:

GATE A: 90L

GATE B: 122X, FF4

GATE C: R/RC/RX

Passengers using routes 0L, 3L, 83D, 83L, 87L, 100L, 116X, CV/CS/CX, EV/ES/EX and P will board buses on Broadway between 14th and Colfax.

Gates on Broadway:

GATE D: 0L, 3L, 83D, 83L, P

GATE E: 87L, 100L, 116X, CV/CS/CX, EV/ES/EX

Passengers on routes 16 and 16L will board Colfax Avenue between Lincoln and Broadway.

FREE MallRide shuttles will detour from the 16th Street Mall with the final stop at Broadway/Colfax and resume travel at Court. FREE MetroRide passengers will board at the existing stop at 16th Avenue and Broadway.

Civic Center Station currently serves 18 bus routes and sees an average of 15,000 passengers daily. The station also serves as the endpoint for the 16th Street FREE MallRide and the FREE MetroRide.

The new Civic Center building design includes:

  • Nine bus bays
  • Glass-enclosed terminal building
  • Bus concourse rebuild
  • Bus ramp extension connecting Broadway to Lincoln
  • Open view from 16th Street Mall to the State Capital
  • Building structure that is easier to maintain and repair long-term
  • More open and welcoming environment
  • Land parcel preserved for future development opportunities

Plans for the Civic Center Station renovation began in 2011, with a report by Merrick& Company that surveyed the facility and made recommendations. During that process, it was determined that the cost for repairing and keeping the same design were comparable to redesigning and building a new facility.

For more information about the project and to sign up to receive construction updates, visit www.rtd-denver.com/civiccenter.

About RTD

RTD’s mission is to provide safe, clean, reliable, courteous, accessible and cost-effective bus and rail services in the eight-county district, and fulfills 100 million passenger trips annually. The public transit agency is creating a larger, better and more accessible system through innovation, public-private partnerships and transit-oriented communities.

Civic Center Stops

Map of temporary bus gates

Tolls will begin next month on North I-25 Express Lanes, US 36 to 120th Avenue

June 16, 2015

Toll collection starts July 12; CDOT reminds drivers to get a pass

DENVER – The High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) and Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) today announced that toll collection will begin on the North I-25 Express Lanes, between US 36 and 120th Avenue, on Tuesday, July 12. The Express Lanes opened for testing in mid-March with tolls waived, allowing drivers to learn how to use the lane and sign up for an ExpressToll account to get their pass, and for CDOT to test equipment.

“The North I-25 Express Lanes is the third Express Lanes project to open in Colorado in the last year – US 36 opened last July followed by I-70 Mountain last December,” said HPTE Director David Spector. “Based on the success of our Express Lanes, we anticipate the North I-25 Express Lanes be successful in managing traffic congestion on this busy corridor. The tolls will be less expensive in the off-peak times and higher for peak travel times, to ensure a reliable travel time.”

The base toll rate for ExpressToll account and pass holders will be between $1 and $3. CDOT encourages all drivers to save money each trip with an ExpressToll account and pass. Without a pass, using License Plate Toll, drivers will pay the toll plus an additional fee to cover the increased costs of processing the transaction without a pass. The License Plate Tolls range from $3 to $6. The complete toll schedule is available online.

Drivers can choose to pay a toll in the Express Lanes or carpool for free with a driver plus another passenger. By no later than Jan. 1, 2017, carpools will need a driver plus two passengers to use the lanes for free as all Express Lanes move to HOV 3+. New rules for are being developed to include no pass requirements for motorcycles and free passes for people who only carpool in the lanes and never plan to pay a toll. Check here for updates. Travelers not wishing to pay a toll or carpool can always choose to travel in the adjacent free general purpose lanes.

The North I-25 Express Lanes used existing infrastructure to expand the capacity of I-25 for six miles, from US 36 to 120th Avenue, by adding an Express Lane in each direction on the inside shoulders. In addition, the project resurfaced the existing lanes in this 6-mile stretch, lowered the profile of I-25 under the 88th Street bridge to increase truck traffic safety, reconstructed the connection area of the existing Express Lanes and their ramps to I-25, constructed new concrete noise barriers, and installed new highway signage and a new Active Traffic Management system that alerts drivers of incidents. Construction began in 2013.

What you need to know about the North I-25 Express Lanes:

  • The North I-25 Express Lanes will be available 24 hours a day, however, the existing Central I-25 Express Lanes that they connect to are reversible lanes that are open in certain directions at different times of the day. As part of this project, there is a new connection to the existing Express Lane section that will force southbound traffic back on I-25 by 70th Street when the reversible lanes are northbound.
  • Drivers wishing to access the northbound Express Lane can enter and exit at two entry points -– 84th Avenue and just north of 120th
  • If you are driving from the US 36 Express Lanes to the northbound North I-25 Express Lane, you must exit the US 36 Express Lanes and then re-enter the North I-25 Express Lanes at 84th Avenue.
  • Do not cross the solid white line; enter and exit at the designated areas only, shown with a white dotted line.
  • Travelers will be charged the toll price posted when they entered the Express Lane. If the price should increase or decrease while they are in the lane, drivers will pay the price posted upon entry.
  • Get a Pass! ExpressToll saves money each time. Go to expresstoll.com to get the pass that is right for you.
  • The same ExpressToll passes (stickers or switchable transponders) that are used on US 36, E-470, Central I-25 (existing) and Northwest Parkway will work on the North I-25 Express Lane.

CDOT and HPTE encourage all drivers to have an ExpressToll account and pass to save money on every trip in the Express Lanes. The ExpressToll pass works on all Colorado’s Express Lanes and toll roads such as the Northwest Parkway and E-470, and allows drivers to save money every time. Drivers can save money on tolls by visiting www.expresstoll.com to set up an ExpressToll account.

###

About Express Lanes: Express Lanes increase roadway capacity and help to manage congestion on the highways. The use of toll pricing during peak travel times reduces delays, manages congestion and maintains reliable travel times. Express Lanes currently are open between 120th Ave. and US 36 on North I-25 and, US 36 from Denver to Boulder and on the I-70 Mountain Express Lane. For more information, visit www.codot.gov/programs/expresslanes. To get an ExpressToll account and pass, visit www.expresstoll.com.

About the High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE): The HPTE operates as a government-owned, independent business within CDOT. It searches out innovative ways to finance projects to help Colorado fulfill its commitment to increase travel choices through options that include Express Lanes, transit, biking, walking and carpooling. For more information, visit www.coloradohpte.com.

For more information on the North I-25 Express Lanes, go to: www.codot.gov/projects/I25NorthExpressLanes

US 36 Corridor Celebrates Bikeway Opening with Community Ride on June 18

June 6, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Colo.—The US 36 Bikeway opened on Tuesday, March 1, sparking a buzz around cycling in the US 36 corridor. The bikeway was a major component of the US 36 Express Lanes Project, and on Saturday, June 18, Commuting Solutions will host a community ride to celebrate the completion of the bikeway project.

The “US 36 Bikeway Community Ride” encourages riders of all levels and ages to get out and try the US 36 Bikeway. The event will begin in Louisville/Superior at the Avista Adventist Hospital parking lot at 9:30 a.m., and cyclists will ride to the RTD Table Mesa Station for festivities that will conclude at noon. Each end of the ride will have booths, speakers and giveaways.

Commuting Solutions Executive Director Audrey DeBarros says, “The US 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.”

The 18-mile concrete path stretches from Westminster to Boulder, is 12-feet wide and includes underpasses, wayfinding signage and provides a safe thoroughfare for cyclists to travel the US 36 corridor and connect to Denver. One section of the bikeway, near the 1ST BANK Center, has seen over 27,000 trips in just under one year. DeBarros adds, “We are delighted to see years of advocacy and hard work reveal a safe and accessible highway for cyclists.”

The commuter bikeway is part of the US 36 Express Lanes Project, which was a multi-modal, public-private partnership led by the Regional Transportation District (RTD), Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) and Plenary Roads Denver (PRD). In addition to the bikeway, the project included two free general purpose lanes in each direction and one tolled Express Lane in each direction – offering users the choice to ride the bus, carpool, bike, use the two free reconstructed general purpose lanes or pay a toll in the Express Lanes.

The event is co-sponsored by RTD, CDOT, HPTE and PRD.

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.

#     #     #

Bike to Work Day in the US 36 Corridor

There’s still time to volunteer, register and support this great community event

June 6, 2016

Louisville, Colo. – Last year’s Bike to Work Day boasted more than 32,800 cyclists in the Denver metro region. With an average commute of 9.2 miles, these cyclists rode an estimated 603,612 miles and prevented 274,613 pounds of CO2 from being emitted into the air!

This year’s Bike to Work Day will be held on Wednesday, June 22 and over 10,000 cyclists have registered so far. For those who have not yet registered, there is still plenty of time to register and find the route that works best for you. This year’s festivities will include breakfast stations (from 6:30 to 9 a.m.), water stations (from 3:30 to 6 p.m.) and parties throughout the afternoon. For a full list of breakfast stations, group rides and bike route maps visit biketoworkday.us.

Commuting Solutions will host two breakfast stations along the US 36 corridor (one at Paul’s Coffee & Tea in Louisville and another at Interlocken East Park in Broomfield). The latter was the second largest station in the Denver metro region in 2015, seeing over 300 cyclists pass through. Commuting Solutions represents more than 190,000 employees along the corridor and is coordinating Bike to Work Day for the US 36 corridor in partnership with the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG).

For those who want to help on Bike to Work Day but cannot commit to hosting a station, there are opportunities for sponsorship and volunteering. Businesses and organizations that are interested in hosting a Bike to Work Day breakfast station or sponsorship can contact Commuting Solutions at info@commutingsolutions.org. Individuals who are interested in volunteering can contact the Bike to Work Day station nearest to their home or office.

To register for Bike to Work Day and for more information visit biketoworkday.us.

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.

#     #     #

With a Little Help From our Friends (of the US 36 Bikeway)

June 6, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Colo.—As communities along the US 36 corridor ease into routine after four years of construction, one group is already thinking ahead to future US 36 improvements. Commuting Solutions, the Transportation Management Organization (TMO) for the US 36 corridor, is launching a new program that brings together local cyclists, businesses and governments to address what the future of the US 36 Bikeway, and improvements, may look like.

Commuting Solutions Executive Director Audrey DeBarros explains, “Friends of the US 36 Bikeway is a unique intersection of public and private enterprises working with residents to address the issues US 36 cyclists face. 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.”

Friends of the US 36 Bikeway aims to promote cycling as a comfortable, safe and reliable transportation option through educating the public on safe cycling, equipping local businesses and their employees with informational materials, and facilitating meetings between cyclists and local governments. This group will plan cycling events for each of the communities along the US 36 Bikeway, will have a fall and spring cleanup and will report maintenance issues as they arise.

Broomfield Mayor Randy Ahrens adds, “Providing a variety of safe and reliable transportation options is essential to the growth of the US 36 corridor, and cycling is one mode where there is unique area for growth. The City and County of Broomfield is pleased to partner with Friends of the US 36 Bikeway to improve cycling infrastructure and promote safe cycling education, making cycling in our corridor a safe and enjoyable experience.”

The program’s objectives extend beyond maintenance and feed in to promoting a cycling culture within the US 36 corridor. This program’s one-year goal is to double the number of cyclists on the Bikeway, increasing from an estimated 100 cyclists/day to 200 cyclists/day. The program launched on June 1 and is open to businesses, individuals and governments.

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.

About Friends of the US 36 Bikeway:
Friends of the US 36 Bikeway is a new Commuting Solutions program created to inspire a cycling culture within the US 36 corridor. This group unites cyclists, business and governments to promote cycling as a viable travel option, advance cycling education and advocate for continued improvements to the US 36 Bikeway.

#     #     #

Commuting Solutions Launches the Bike 36 Challenge

Breaking down the barriers to get more commuters out of their cars and on a bike

June 6, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Colo.—The US 36 Bikeway is up and running, and from June 13 to July 8, Commuting Solutions will host a challenge for employees along the US 36 corridor. The Bike 36 Challenge encourages employees to register at lovetoride.net/bike36 where they receive support, guidance and prizes just for giving bicycling a try. Even a 10-minute ride, anywhere, contributes to points earned by the challenge team.

Commuting Solutions Executive Director Audrey DeBarros explains, “With the construction and completion of the US 36 Express Lanes Project, Commuting Solutions has been working to ease traffic through our US 36 Congestion Mitigation Program. We are excited to expand our program efforts by rolling out the Bike 36 Challenge, which we hope, with its personalized approach, will result in an increase in cyclists in our corridor.” Unlike other online challenges, this challenge creates a local community and rewards cyclists for their participation no matter how far or how hard they ride.

US 36 Express Lanes Project Director Scott Rees adds, “The US 36 Express Lanes Project is one of the first CDOT projects to have a dedicated bike component. With the full opening of the bikeway and corridor-wide programs, such as Love to Ride, we hope that more people will be exposed to the simplicity of traveling US 36 via bike.”

The Bike 36 Challenge has already gained the attention of Oracle, Lowe’s and the Reed Group. These organizations account for over 1,000 employees and are among 13 of the organizations already signed up for the Bike 36 Challenge.

The Bike 36 Challenge is powered by Love to Ride, a platform successfully used by cities around the world to encourage their residents to trade their four wheels for two. This unique platform tailors a user’s experience based on their experience with cycling and offers words of encouragement throughout the challenge.

Registration for the Bike 36 Challenge is now open. For more information, visit www.lovetoride.net/bike36

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.

#     #     #