January 23, 2018

Bike Lanes and "Sharrows" on Jackson

Among the many cool features of the new Jackson Street Corridor will be a colored bike lane designed to make it easier for cars and cyclists to know where they should be. This should make for a better, safer experience for both drivers and cyclists. Actually applying the color to the lane will take about a year – federal rules require that we do it slowly in phases so that they can collect data along the way – but we will get there. We’ll also have a short grade-separated section along a stretch where the bike lane and sidewalk are adjacent. In other words, one will actually sit a few inches higher than the other to help keep the pedestrians and cyclists separated, making it safer for both as well.

We will also probably add “sharrows” to the lane as well. This video shows both the sharrow markings and a colored bike lane something like we’ll end up with.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USKQUbFbYqg]

The Inhabitat blog has another example of what the colored bike lanes will look like.

Bike Lanes and “Sharrows” on Jackson

Among the many cool features of the new Jackson Street Corridor will be a colored bike lane designed to make it easier for cars and cyclists to know where they should be. This should make for a better, safer experience for both drivers and cyclists. Actually applying the color to the lane will take about a year – federal rules require that we do it slowly in phases so that they can collect data along the way – but we will get there. We’ll also have a short grade-separated section along a stretch where the bike lane and sidewalk are adjacent. In other words, one will actually sit a few inches higher than the other to help keep the pedestrians and cyclists separated, making it safer for both as well.

We will also probably add “sharrows” to the lane as well. This video shows both the sharrow markings and a colored bike lane something like we’ll end up with.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USKQUbFbYqg]

The Inhabitat blog has another example of what the colored bike lanes will look like.

Progress on the Jackson Street Corridor Project

Big street projects can be a hassle for neighbors and folks trying to get through, and the Jackson Street Corridor Project is no exception, but the end result is going to be really nice: great sidewalks, a good bike lane, and safer and easier crosswalks. It’ll look nicer as well as make it much easy for everyone – on foot, by bicycle, in a car – to travel the corridor. The other good news on this particular project is that it’s progressing really well. We got through one hurdle last week with the short closure of the intersection at Jackson and 24th. The next hurdle will be the two-week closure of Jackson itself, starting as soon as this week, with the detour relying on Arapahoe.

Looking south at 20th.


A 'bump-out' at Jackson and 21st giving pedestrians a shorter crossing distance and an improved crosswalk.


Another view of Jackson to the south from 20th.

Yeti Cycles

On Friday I was joined by City Councilor Bob Vermuelen, Chris Ball (the chair of our Economic Development Commission), and the city’s Planning and Development Director Steve Glueck on two great visits to local businesses.  Our first stop was at Golden’s own Yeti Cycles, manufacturer of high end mountain bikes.  Chris Conroy, one of Yeti’s principals, graciously took the time to give us a tour of their facility, including the very impressive shop where they design and build prototypes and bikes for their racing teams.  Chris emphasized the importance of good trail access in Golden to both their own presence here as well as to Golden’s recreation economy.  Yeti has also been really supportive of our mountain bike community, including contributing to the new mountain bike skills park at Grampsas.  Here’s a shot from their shop, and I put few other photos up on my Facebook page as well.

Large racks of high-end Yeti frames.

Jacob's Golden Update: Golden's New Transit Feasibility Study and Other News

Jacob’s Golden Update: November 28, 2009

1. Golden’s New Transit Feasibility Study
2. Jackson Street Corridor Project in the Works
3. New Email Newsletters Serving Golden
4. Council Adopts 2009 Building Code Including Radon Protections
5. Golden Vision 2030: Listening to the Community’s Stories
6. New State Transportation Funding
7. Rocky Mountain Deaf School Wins Approval for New High School
8. Adopting the 2010 Budget
9. Cindy Stevenson Awarded “Superintendent of the Year”
10. Other Upcoming Events
11. Next City Council Meeting: Thursday, December 3

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Jacob’s Golden Update: Golden’s New Transit Feasibility Study and Other News

Jacob’s Golden Update: November 28, 2009

1. Golden’s New Transit Feasibility Study
2. Jackson Street Corridor Project in the Works
3. New Email Newsletters Serving Golden
4. Council Adopts 2009 Building Code Including Radon Protections
5. Golden Vision 2030: Listening to the Community’s Stories
6. New State Transportation Funding
7. Rocky Mountain Deaf School Wins Approval for New High School
8. Adopting the 2010 Budget
9. Cindy Stevenson Awarded “Superintendent of the Year”
10. Other Upcoming Events
11. Next City Council Meeting: Thursday, December 3

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Video: The Story of Boulder's Bike System

One reader of this blog emailed me with a link to a really nice video about Boulder’s bike system.  It doesn’t get into the details of the system or its history, but it does offer a good sense of how robust and expansive it is.  Golden has a Bicycle Master Plan, and two years ago City Council and I appointed a Bicycle Task Force to assess our progress and make recommendations for updating the plan (you can also download a map of those recommendations).  You may have noticed some improvements just in the past year that flowed directly from their recommendations, including new bike lanes around town, good bike lanes on the new Washington Avenue bridge over Highway 58, and a reconfigured intersection at U.S. 6 and 19th St. (easier for bicyclists to trigger the lights, safe crossings).  The economy and reduced city revenues will mean that we can’t move as quickly as we’d like, and there is still a lot of work to do, but we’ve come a long way and my intention is that we keep making progress every year.  Incidentally, the Planning Commission is doing an annual review of how much work on the bicycle plan we completed this year.  We’ll be reviewing that at City Council sometime before the end of the year.

Video: The Story of Boulder’s Bike System

One reader of this blog emailed me with a link to a really nice video about Boulder’s bike system.  It doesn’t get into the details of the system or its history, but it does offer a good sense of how robust and expansive it is.  Golden has a Bicycle Master Plan, and two years ago City Council and I appointed a Bicycle Task Force to assess our progress and make recommendations for updating the plan (you can also download a map of those recommendations).  You may have noticed some improvements just in the past year that flowed directly from their recommendations, including new bike lanes around town, good bike lanes on the new Washington Avenue bridge over Highway 58, and a reconfigured intersection at U.S. 6 and 19th St. (easier for bicyclists to trigger the lights, safe crossings).  The economy and reduced city revenues will mean that we can’t move as quickly as we’d like, and there is still a lot of work to do, but we’ve come a long way and my intention is that we keep making progress every year.  Incidentally, the Planning Commission is doing an annual review of how much work on the bicycle plan we completed this year.  We’ll be reviewing that at City Council sometime before the end of the year.

Jacob's Golden Update: The Home Stretch on City Elections and Other News

Jacob’s Golden Update: October 19, 2009

1. City Council Elections: The Home Stretch
2. Golden Adopts Temporary Moratorium on New Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
3. New Bike/Pedestrian Connector to the Rec Center in the Works
4. Kyffin Elementary Wins Healthy Schools Grant
5. Jefferson County Board of Education Elections
6. Political Campaign Sign Violations
7. Smith for Golden Blog Roundup
8. Other Upcoming Events
9. Next City Council Meeting: Thursday, October 22

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Jacob’s Golden Update: The Home Stretch on City Elections and Other News

Jacob’s Golden Update: October 19, 2009

1. City Council Elections: The Home Stretch
2. Golden Adopts Temporary Moratorium on New Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
3. New Bike/Pedestrian Connector to the Rec Center in the Works
4. Kyffin Elementary Wins Healthy Schools Grant
5. Jefferson County Board of Education Elections
6. Political Campaign Sign Violations
7. Smith for Golden Blog Roundup
8. Other Upcoming Events
9. Next City Council Meeting: Thursday, October 22

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