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THE NEW FRONTIER Boulder pushes to make biking better T he City of Boulder wants to increase bike trips by women seniors and families with childrengroups that often dont feel comfortable or safe sharing the road with cars. The latest bike network plan for retrotting existing roads and bike lanes aka Bike 2.0 aims specically at getting more people out of their cars and on to two wheels. So the city has been working hard to gure out which streets and intersections to updateand what innovations to adoptto create safe comfortable connections and increase the opportunities for bicycle travel for all levels of riders. Imagine biking a busy boulevard along an old poorly marked three-foot-wide bike lane. Now imagine that bike lane doubled in width and with a two- to three-foot buffer zonea no-go area between bikes and carsmarked with paint or collapsible poles high enough to catch the eye of the most distracted motorist. This rendering of northbound Folsom Street demonstrates how rightsizing involves repurposing travel lanes to enhance bicycle facilities. These new lanes will be completed in 2015. LOW-STRESS BICYCLE CORRIDORS GO Boulder and transportation staff has extensively analyzed four candidate corridors and are considering pilot installations this summer on 55TH STREET Arapahoe Avenue to Pearl Parkway 63RD STREET Gunbarrel Avenue Nautilus Drive to Lookout Road FOLSOM STREET Arapahoe to Valmont avenues IRIS AVENUE Broadway to Folsom Street With an average trip length of approximately four miles many trips in Boulder could be accomplished by bike. With that GO Boulder is staying focused on creating a network of bicycle facilities that feel safe and comfortable for people of all ages and abilities. Check out BoulderLivingLab.net to learn more about program details and how to share your thoughts and ideas. THE RIGHTSIZING CONCEPT As part of Bike 2.0 the city is considering new pilot projects to enhance multimodal access and safety. Phase II of the Living Lab program introduces the concept of Rightsizing specic corridors by creating an equitable allocation of space on the road for vulnerable users to improve their comfort and safety. Rightsizing also provides benets to motor vehicle drivers by lowering trafc speeds which can reduce the severity of collisions when they do occur. As part of the 2014 Transportation Master Plan TMP update and through GO Boulders Living Lab program the City of Boulder introduced new infrastructure for bicycle safety around town. You may have seen or biked some of the protected or buffered bike lanes on University Avenue Baseline Road or Spruce Street. Now these new ways of protecting bicyclists are coming to some of Boulders most important arteries as pilot projects for 1218 months 55th Street 63rd Street Folsom Street and Iris Avenue. With the TMP updates the goal is for a continuous network for safe and convenient bicycle travel for everyone. The city is rening a low-stress bike network analysis tool to identify areas where new treatments may address the safety concerns of potential bicyclists. Check out the map at right. This story was written by Dave DK Kemp and Marni Ratzel senior transportation planners at GO Boulder. 16 BIKELIFE BOULDER COUNTY NEWS NOTES