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Appendix B of the proposed Colorado Springs Bicycle Master Plan includes this graphic, showing three bike/street alternatives and the bicycling community's comfort level with each. The "buffered" approach at far right is on the recently reconstructed Centennial Boulevard south of Garden of the Gods Road. The "separated" strategy - where cars are not parked beside the curb - is striped onto part of South Weber Street. According to a city spokesperson, the city has not yet built a "shared use path" configuration (note that it shows no on-street parking), but the possibility "is included in our toolbox."
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City asks for feedback on final draft of bicycle master plan - deadline Dec. 10

Nov. 13, 2017
       The public is being asked to provide feedback on the City of Colorado Springs' final draft of the Bicycle Master Plan.
       People can attend a meeting Tuesday, Nov. 14 - where the plan will be presented - and/or post comments online through Dec. 10 by going to https://coloradosprings.gov/bikeplan.
A costumed bicyclist added to the festive air of the 2006 St. Patrick's Day Parade (then held in Old Colorado City). Bike safety was not an issue, as Colorado Avenue was shut off for the parade.
Westside Pioneer file photo
That website provides links to the 36-page draft plan and to a survey people can take.
       Holding the meeting will be the Active Transportation Advisory Committee (ATAC) from 5 to 7 p.m. in the City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Ave., Suite 102.
       The document's "Vision Network" map shows a number of "planned facilities" on the Westside, including 30th and 31st streets, along the Highway 24/Colorado Avenue corridor, along the I-25 corridor and on the streets in the Garden of the Gods.
       “The Bicycle Master Plan will establish a vision and roadmap for how Colorado Springs can provide a level of programming and bike infrastructure across the entire city that accommodates the range of users who want/need to bicycle,” said Colorado Springs bicycle planner Kate Brady.
       The plan “ultimately will be used to guide and provide strategies for the implementation of bicycle infrastructure, policies and programs for all city departments, partner public agencies and the private development community,” a press release states.
       The plan has been developed over several months by Brady, ATAC and local bicycle advocates, with elements of public outreach included.
       According to the region's previous Nonmotorized Plan, bicycles are used for approximately 1 percent of the area's “transportation trips.” The draft plan's Introduction section acknowledges that there is currently “very low ridership," but contends that “thousands of Colorado Springs residents want a more bike-friendly city and would bike regularly if they felt safe. This plan was developed with these riders in mind."

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Transportation: General)

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