With a little help from Friends (of US 36 Bikeway)

Cycling infrastructure considered after long construction period
Staff report, Westminster Window

With four years worth of construction in the rearview mirror, local transportation and infrastructure advocates are paving the way for future improvements to the area’s transportation network.

Transportation consultants 36 Commuting Solutions, the transportation management organization for the U.S. Highway 36 corridor, has launched a new program — Friends of the US 36 Bikeway — aimed to bring together local cyclists, businesses and governments in developing the infrastructure making up the U.S. 36 Bikeway.

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

The Friends program aims to promote cycling as a comfortable, safe and reliable transportation option through education. That means teaching the public safe cycling, equipping local businesses and their employees with information and materials, and facilitating meetings between cyclists and local governments.

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36 Commuting Solutions receives grant to fund signs

Louisville-based company receives $187,500 grant

By Anthony Hahn, Colorado Hometown Weekly

Commuting Solutions has received a $187,500 Station Area Master Plan (STAMP) grant from the Denver Regional Council of Governments to develop a plan for adding signs at nine RTD stations along the 18-mile U.S. Highway 36 Bikeway.

While the signs will serve to direct riders to the U.S. Bikeway and cyclists to the RTD stations, they will also provide guidance to places of interest along the route.

In addition, the grant also will be used in the final design and construction drawings and the costs associated with production and installation.

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Friends of the U.S. 36 Bikeway seeks volunteers

by , BizWest
June 27, 2016

LOUISVILLE — Friends of the U.S. 36 Bikeway, a community cycling program that launched on June 1, is looking for volunteers to lead rides for each community along the U.S. Highway 36 corridor between Boulder and Westminster, participate in biannual bikeway clean-ups and interface with businesses and local governments on the issues affecting bicyclists on the corridor.

The newly launched program falls under the umbrella of 36 Commuting Solutions and was established to promote bike commuting on the route through community-led efforts. The program convenes cyclists, governments and businesses to address the issues that affect cyclists and provide viable, long-term solutions, while introducing, promoting and preserving the newly opened bikeway.

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Community bicycle ride to celebrate completion of U.S. 36 bikeway

A community ride along the U.S. 36 bikeway is set for Saturday to celebrate the opening of the 18-mile bike path along the Boulder-Denver corridor.

The community ride will start at 9:30 a.m. in the Avista Adventist Hospital parking lot in Louisville at 100 Health Park Drive and end at the RTD Table Mesa Station in Boulder for activities that will conclude at noon.

All ages and skill levels can attend, and there will be booths, speakers and giveaways at both ends of the ride.

“The U.S. 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,” 36 Commuting Solutions Executive Director Audrey DeBarros said in a statement. “We are delighted to see years of advocacy and hard work reveal a safe and accessible highway for cyclists.”

 

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Highway 36 team ‘challenges’ cyclists to ride

Free Bike 36 Challenge promotes wellness and exercise

June 6, 2016

Nonprofit commuting and transportation organization 36 Commuting Solutions is seeking participants for the upcoming Bike 36 Challenge, running from June 13 through July 8 for businesses along the U.S. Highway 36 corridor.

Bike 36 Challenge is a free competition to encourage workers in businesses along the Highway 36 corridor to spend more time on their bikes — 10 minutes or more at a time — with teams that log the most ride competing for top prizes like movie ticket vouchers, local restaurant vouchers, bike gear and more.

The overall aim is to encourage team participation, but riders logging more miles and more trips will also earn more individual points, providing opportunity for individual prizes.

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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, 36 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.

36 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 36 Commuting Solutions:
36 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 36commutingsolutions.org.

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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.

36 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. 36 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 36 Commuting Solutions at info@36commutingsolutions.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 36 Commuting Solutions:
36 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 36commutingsolutions.org.

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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. 36 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.

36 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 36 Commuting Solutions:
36 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 36commutingsolutions.org.

About Friends of the US 36 Bikeway:
Friends of the US 36 Bikeway is a new 36 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.

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36 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, 36 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.

36 Commuting Solutions Executive Director Audrey DeBarros explains, “With the construction and completion of the US 36 Express Lanes Project, 36 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 36 Commuting Solutions:
36 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 36commutingsolutions.org.

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