Bikes & Mass Transit – The Future of Commuting

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Bicycling options in and around Boulder are plenty, and the options for commuting within Boulder County and down to Denver are growing. Some are designed to help you connect your bike with the bus — which makes commuting easier if you’re uncomfortable with sections of your trip, like hills, high-traffic roads, or just a long distance. Here are some of the ways your ride can get easier.

THE US 36 BIKEWAY

The new 18-mile US 36 bikeway is a commuter highway for cyclists. The 12-foot-wide bikeway runs from Table Mesa station in Boulder to 80th Avenue in Westminster. The bikeway features protective barriers, numerous underpasses, and signage to help cyclists easily get to their destinations. The US 36 Bikeway also connects to six US 36 RTD Park-n-Ride stations, making riding to the bus stop a breeze.

BUS RAPID TRANSIT

Have you seen the new blue buses around town? The Flatiron Flyer is RTD’s brand new bus rapid transit service (BRT) connecting Boulder to metro Denver. There is a Flatiron Flyer leaving between every 4 and 15 minutes, Monday through Friday, making it the first service of its kind along north US 36. What’s more, between the six transit stations along the US 36 route, there are 200+ bike racks and lockers for safe bike storage, as well as available storage for bikes on the bus itself. Even better, there are two racks on the front of the bus, plus available storage underneath it, so you can bring your bike with you!

 
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THE FIRST & FINAL MILE

The City of Boulder, Boulder County, and the US 36 Commuting Solutions organization have been working to ease the stress of the First and Final Mile along US 36 (the First and Final Mile refers to how you get from home to the bus stop, and from the busstop to your final destination). New way-finding signage, pilot Ecopass programs, programs to encourage electric-assist bikes, expanded B-Cycle bike share programs, and secure bicycle parking shelters make it safer and easier for you to get to and from transit stops by bike.

BUS THEN BIKE SHELTERS

A particularly successful project has been the “Bus Then Bike” shelters, which provide long-term, secure and weather-protected bicycle storage for commuters who take the bus. Today, there are four “Bus Then Bike” stations with two more opening in the next year at Boulder Junction and McCaslin.

  • 28th St & Iris St, North Boulder
  • 8th & Coffman, downtown Longmont
  • US 36 & Table Mesa Station
  • Downtown Boulder Station – Walnut and 14th Street

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THERE’S MORE IN STORE

Despite all this progress, the City and County of Boulder still think it can be easier to ride your bike to the bus stop. Right now, there are two big plans in the works. The first would give Flatiron Flyer -like bus routes (fast and frequent) to State Highway 7 (East Arapahoe) and State Highway 119 (the Diagonal). The other would bring a number of improvements to East Arapahoe Ave. (from Folsom in Boulder to 75th St.). The East Arapahoe Transportation Plan includes biking and walking enhancements and bus rapid transit, to help ease local and regional transportation congestion, while improving options for walking, biking, and public transit.

 

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