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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36 Commuting Solutions Goes to Washington, DC

April 20, 2016

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This month 36 Commuting Solutions proudly donned our advocacy hat and joined the US 36 Mayors & Commissioners Coalition (US 36 MCC) for an annual trip to Washington, DC (RTD, CDOT and HPTE also joined the coalition on their trip). Each year the coalition meets with a congressional delegation, the House and Senate transportation committees, and even federal transportation agencies! Each trip is focused on building relationships and setting the stage for future funding requests, and this year’s trip was no different.

During these meetings, the coalition thanked congressional members for their support of US 36 infrastructure improvements, found out more about new grant programs and discussed continued investments in the Northwest corridor. When thanking the delegation, we were able to share news of what these infrastructure improvements mean for the US 36 corridor – RTD reports that there is a 45% increase in US 36 ridership compared to August 2015, and CDOT reports that the US 36 Express Lanes have increased travel speeds by up to 29%.

The meetings are not just a time to provide updates, but to advocate for transportation and infrastructure improvements. These annual trips set the stage for acquiring transportation funding in upcoming years, and this trip helped identify 2016 and 2017 funding opportunities for both the US 36 corridor and arterial Bus Rapid Transit corridors. Specifically, we were able to identify both Federal Transit Administration Small Starts funding and a TIGER grant that the US 36 coalition will pursue in partnership with CDOT, RTD and the NATA.

And, while not directly related to the traffic congestion in our corridor, the coalition made a point of focusing on train horn noise and sharing feedback with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on train horn noise and quiet zone requirements (this is an issue specific to the Northwest region, where many residents and businesses are located near the Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail line).

The trip takes our coalition to the heart of transportation advocacy and legislation, and is a place where opportunities to improve the corridor’s transportation infrastructure are abundant. We left the trip with a number of action items that will help us improve the US 36 multi-modal transportation infrastructure and related technology.

Regards,

Audrey DeBarros

Hickenlooper: Bus rapid transit ‘would probably make more sense’ than northwest rail

Business leaders from Longmont, Boulder talk transit with governor

By Karen Antonacci

Staff Writer at Longmont Times-Call

Business leaders from Longmont, Boulder and Broomfield gathered at the state Capitol on Wednesday morning to discuss rail (or the lack thereof), bus rapid transit and other public transportation issues.

John Tayer, president and CEO of the Boulder Chamber, announced the combination of the three chambers of commerce into the Northwest Chamber Alliance at the mile-mark on the Capitol steps.

“When people bring solutions to the table, they then generally ask businesses to pay for them,” Tayer said. “So we thought we would come together and get a seat at the table early on.”

The group met with Gov. John Hickenlooper and made it clear that the new organization’s first priority is increased public transportation for Boulder and Broomfield counties.

“I appreciate the frustration in how long it’s going to take rail to get there,” Hickenlooper said. “Bus rapid transit would probably make more sense.”

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RTD’s Flatiron Flyer already shows a ridership increase of 45 percent

Average of 14,428 passengers utilize the Flatiron Flyer bus rapid transit service on weekdays, substantial increase in U.S. 36 corridor passenger trips

Denver – The Regional Transportation District’s (RTD) Flatiron Flyer bus rapid transit (BRT) services’ first three months of operation showed passenger trips well above what existed on the U.S. 36 corridor bus routes prior to the start of the BRT service.

The new Flatiron Flyer BRT routes began on Jan. 3, 2016, and have an average of 14,428 passengers per weekday, an increase of 45 percent from previous bus service along the corridor as of August 2015.

“The Flatiron Flyer was our only bus rapid transit service included in RTD’s 2004 voter-approved FasTracks plan, and we are thrilled to see how many people are using it already,” said Dave Genova, RTD General Manager and CEO. “Ridership for that corridor during all time periods is up since the beginning of service, and we couldn’t be happier at the amount of people who are utilizing the Flatiron Flyer for their commuting needs.”

Flatiron Flyer service is comprised of six all-stop and express routes that replaced the prior bus routes that operated along the U.S. 36 corridor. The BRT service runs every 3-15 minutes, depending on time of day and location. In addition to more frequency, the Flatiron Flyer provides an increase of 92 weekday trips and an increase of 42 weekend trips.

The Flatiron Flyer bus rapid transit service encompasses 18 miles of express and high-frequency bus service between downtown Denver and Boulder, with six stations along U.S. 36.

The new service offers a variety of benefits to riders including:

  • Easy connections along the corridor, with service from Downtown Boulder Station, Boulder Junction at Depot Square, Union Station and Civic Center Station.
  • Reduction of travel times due to the bi-directional managed lanes on U.S. 36.
  • Fare zone change to a local fare for service from the U.S. 36·Sheridan Station to downtown Denver.
  • One-seat ride from U.S. 36·Broomfield Station and U.S. 36·Sheridan Station to Civic Center Station.
  • New branded buses that include USB ports and 120-volt outlets for passengers to charge laptops, tablets and smartphones.
  • Enhanced passenger stations with large canopies and digital information screens with bus departure times.

“The Flatiron Flyer is a shining example of what regional collaboration can do to reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality, foster development opportunities, and enhance our overall quality of life,” Genova said. “As we continue to expand our transit alternatives, the success of this bus rapid transit service lets us know that it is a viable option for future projects.”

About RTD

RTD’s mission is to provide safe, clean, reliable, courteous, accessible and cost-effective bus and rail services in the eight-county district, and fulfills 100 million passenger trips annually. The public transit agency is creating a larger, better and more accessible system through innovation, public-private partnerships and transit-oriented communities.

US 36 Master EcoPass Pilot Program and local employers team together to reduce drive alone trips

LOUISVILLE, Colo.—The US 36 corridor’s recent multi-modal transformation provides an array of travel options, and through a two-year US 36 Master EcoPass Pilot Program, local employers are benefiting from the new transit system being a viable commute option for their employees. The US 36 Master EcoPass Pilot Program was launched in 2015 by 36 Commuting Solutions to provide free RTD EcoPasses to businesses located within walking distance of RTD’s McCaslin, Broomfield and Sheridan transit stations.

A mid-program analysis indicates that with 919 EcoPasses available at 20 businesses, an estimated 63,356 annual vehicle trips were reduced. 36 Commuting Solutions Executive Director Audrey DeBarros points out, “The annual vehicle miles traveled reduced (VMTR) by this group is estimated to be 1,710,601.” DeBarros adds, “This reduction is equivalent to about 69 trips around the earth’s equator.”

The 2015 program results are encouraging and point to significant transportation impacts for the US 36 corridor. In the pre- and post-survey analysis, 36 Commuting Solutions found that once commuters receive their EcoPass, they are reporting 19 percent fewer drive alone trips, compared to before they had the pass; and they are reporting a 111 percent increase in transit trips.

Employers such as Return Path, who participated in both 2015 and 2016, found the RTD EcoPass to be a valuable benefit for employees. Return Path Office Manager Angela Fitzgerald explains, “The EcoPass has proven to be an exceptional benefit for our employees, and provides a transportation option that fosters a lively and thriving environment. When employees are less worried about the time, cost and environmental impacts of getting to and from work, a happier and more productive atmosphere emerges. Our employees have taken full advantage of the EcoPass, and Return Path is excited to partner with 36 Commuting Solutions to provide the pass in 2016 for our 230 employees.”

Eight of the organizations who participated in 2015, representing 360 employees, have continued with the program for 2016. These eight organizations are paying 25 percent of the cost, while grants provided to 36 Commuting Solutions cover the remaining 75 percent. Twelve new organizations, representing 370 employees have joined the 2016 program. 2016 will be the final year of the subsidized US 36 Master EcoPass Pilot Program, as the grant funding this program was awarded to coincide with and introduce commuters to the benefits of the new and improved US 36 corridor.

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.