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As Boulder grows, so does the congestion and environmental impact of our cars and buses. To achieve its goals of Net Zero by 2035, we must begin laying the zoning groundwork for a reimagined transportation structure that provides for mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented neighborhoods near key transit centers. Creating an infrastructure that promotes safe and efficient bike transit will help the city achieve its goal of reducing vehicle miles traveled and create a more connected community.
As a city council member, I will prioritize the following efforts:
Accessible Bike Paths
Our network of bike paths is one of the best in the country and an important resource for our residents that use them to commute to school or work. To address safety concerns and encourage continued bike transit, we need to make sure that these paths are kept clear of hazardous objects and debris and that underpasses are well lit and accessible to everyone.
Effective Bike Security Measures
Boulder is a biking town, and we want to encourage it to stay that way. However, with bike thefts on the rise, students and commuters are increasingly choosing to leave their bikes at home rather than risk having them stolen. We need to do more to protect these important modes of transportation. Building well-lit, security cages around schools and key commuter centers will help deter these thefts. We also need to expand community education and awareness regarding the need for bike registration and proper locking and storage techniques.
Expanded Public Transit Options
In the wake of the pandemic, RTD bus service in the Boulder area was severely impacted and has yet to fully recover. At the same time, the discussions regarding the commuter rail between Denver and Boulder seem to have hit an impasse. We cannot continue to put our transit needs on hold in the hopes that the rail service will become a reality. To retain our local workforce and minimize the impacts of in-commuting, we need to provide reliable and convenient regional transit options that consider the geographic footprint of our non-resident workforce.