Photo above by Tim Stone
What C4C Has Done and Is Doing
A $425,000 Grant in 2025 for a Boulder – Louisville/Lafayette Separated Bikeway – C4C’s committed a $5,000 contribution to the local match for a federal grant for $425,000 to be paid in 2025 and to fund a study for a separated multi-use path between Boulder and Louisville/Lafayette. This is yet another step in a network of separated paths along commuter highway routes where cycling is otherwise dangerous.
Why so many studies? If a project is in the Transportation Master Plan it then is moved on a decision making basis into the capital improvement (funded) plan. Sometimes, a complex project like separated bikeways must first go to a study phase due to the complexities of right-of-way and topography.
A Waitlisted Grant for $1,920,000 for Construction of the Jay Road Segment of the LoBo Trail – C4C committed $5,000 towards the local match of this grant application as well. The granting institution (DRCOG) has wait-listed this application. C4C will hold the funds until the status of the application is resolved.
A Professional Engineering Feasibility Study Commissioned by Boulder County for a Separated Bikeway between Boulder and Lyons – After years of work, this is happening in spring – summer (-fall) 2023. The final report is due spring 2024. Follow C4C for updates. This is the first real step in fixing one of Colorado’s most dangerous roads for cyclists.
Porta-potty Outreach (ongoing) – C4C along with its supporting partners pay for porta-potties in locations across rural Boulder County in an effort to improve relations between locals, drivers, and cyclists. This simple gesture provides basic facilities and removes a cost burden from small towns or businesses.
The Boulder County Cycling Community – C4C communicates with around 80 clubs, retailers, and industry organizations in Boulder County where the cycling population is likely around 10% of Boulder County’s 330,000 person population. C4C keeps them up to date while not interfering with them.
Successful Support for Boulder County Ballot Measure 1C (2022) – Cyclists 4 Community successfully supported the passage by 81% of 2022’s Boulder County Ballot Measure 1C which extends the one penny on $10 sales tax that funds the “baseline” category of county transportation projects. This sets the conditions for continued improvements on a modest scale. It also sets the conditions for the county’s ability to apply for even more federal grants to fund more of the Transportation Master Plan which is good for everyone, not just cyclists.
$30,000 Contribution to Boulder County (2022) – A $30,000 contribution to Boulder County to help pay down the community match portion of the federal grant for $400,000 to fund the feasibility study for a bikeway between Boulder and Lyons. These monies leverage infrastructure level outcomes in the tens of millions of dollars that reduce serious injuries and fatalities for subsequent cyclist-users to effectively zero.
Signage Standards (ongoing) – Part of C4C’s ongoing work includes supporting Boulder County’s road signage update. The update includes use of the preferred “3′ to pass” sign, the “bikes in lane/road” plaque, the “do not pass bikes in curves” sign, the “bikes may take full lane” sign, and other related signage practices.
This is a great start since it’s an affordable way to improve safety on old, mountain roads that resist easy engineering fixes but where volumes, speeds, and mixed use have all risen resulting in predictably dangerous circumstances.
$400,000 in grant funding for a Feasibility Study for a Boulder – Lyons Bikeway (2021) – Two years of C4C staff work in partnership primarily with Boulder County resulted in $400,000 to commission a professional feasibility study for a Boulder – Lyons bikeway. Data demonstrates that this is one of the, if not the, worst roads for killed and seriously injured vulnerable users in Boulder County or all of Colorado. The goal is to separate drivers and vulnerable users on this route.
SHIFT Driving – Delivered starting July, 2023. Now the goal is to apply this to drivers ed, alternative sentencing, and in other ways to begin to reach Colorado’s four million drivers.
Digitized Bicycle Friendly Driver Classes (2019-Present) – C4C contributed $27,000 to Bicycle Colorado’s project to digitize Bicycle Friendly Driver content into its SHIFT Driving program for high quality online materials regarding how to share the road. Initially, this is a $245,000 project however it’s intended to be a long term endeavor. It has the potential to scale educational content to tens of thousands of road users. It also has the potential to be adapted broadly to insurance, drivers education, and diversion class (for cited road users) applications. C4C’s intention is to fundamentally affect awareness of sharing our roads with civil regard for all users.
Bicycle Friendly Driver Classes (2018) – C4C donated $20,000 in order to achieve the matching component of a grant totaling $100,000 to administer classroom based Bicycle Friendly Driver classes taught by certified Bicycle Colorado staff. This program reached around 700+ mostly commercial drivers in Boulder County.
“One Road” Video Shared with It Could Be Me – C4C contributed $10,000 to the shared cost of the production of “One Road,” a share-able public service announcement reminding people in positive terms that we all share the road.
Variable Message Board (2017) – C4C donated $17,000 to Boulder County for the purchase of a variable message board. That VMB is dedicated to cycling related messages from April to November during daylight hours. At night it tends to communicate DUI related messages. The rest of the year, it’s used at Boulder County’s discretion.
Cold Springs Fire Relief (2016) – C4C contributed funds to help families coping with recovery from the wildfires that consumed areas near Nederland in 2016.
Trip Tracker (2015) – C4C contributed funds to help support the Boulder Valley School District’s Trip Tracker program, which provides incentives to kids to get to school by bike, bus, or foot, reducing traffic congestion and promoting active transportation.
Lyons Community Foundation (2014) – On the one year anniversary of the floods, C4C organized and put on a festival and fundraiser in Lyons at Bohn Park which raised more than $40,000 for the town’s Community Foundation, which was set up to help flood victims.
Rebuild Jamestown (2013) – Following the floods of 2013, the town of Jamestown was devastated and recovery was questionable. Cyclists 4 Community (prior to its official founding) rallied the cycling community and put together a fundraiser just three weeks following the flood, which raised more than $120,000 to help the town recover.
Donations to Jamestown established an ethic of partnership at C4C. It’s an act that to this day has left better relations between residents, drivers, and bicyclists in James and Lefthand Canyons.
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