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

Cycling infrastructure considered after long construction period


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.

“This program can help to improve communication between users and the local governments that maintain the trail for maintenance and future capital improvement projects,” said Westminster’s Open Space Superintendent Heather Cronenberg.

The group will plan cycling events for each of the communities along the U.S. 36 Bikeway, will have a fall and spring cleanup, and will report maintenance issues as they arise.

“Providing a variety of safe and reliable transportation options is essential to the growth of the U.S. 36 corridor, and cycling is one mode where there is unique area for growth,” said Broomfield Mayor Randy Ahrens. “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.”

Cronenberg said the city has eight major connections from the U.S. 36 trail to the city’s own trail network.

“The City of Westminster is excited to support the Friends of the US 36 Bikeway program,” she said. “We want to help promote cycling in the corridor for transportation and recreation. The U.S. 36 trail is a vital asset to our transportation and trail network.”

The program’s objectives extend beyond maintenance and feed in to promoting a cycling culture within the U.S. 36 corridor, according to 36 Commuting Solutions. They hope in the next year to double the number of cyclists using the bikeway to about 200 a day.


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