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September 7, 2022

September Mobility and Access Coalition (MAC) Agenda and Newsletter

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Mobility & Access Coalition meetings are virtual, 2nd Monday of the Month

September 12, 2:00-3:45 p.m.

To Register in Advance: boco.org/MACMeeting

Welcome & Introductions

Updates

  • Can Do Colorado eBike Share Program, bCycle & Community Cycles (10 min)
  • City of Lafayette MMTP Public Engagement Opportunities (10 min)
  • 287 BRT Feasibility Study, Jeff Butts (15 min)
  • MAC 10th Anniversary Ceremony and Awards (10 min)

Presentation

  • School Travel Study, Darcy Kitching (20 min)
  • Forward 42, Anthony Pratt (20min)

BCAAA Age Well Planning Session

  • Lindsay Neville (20 min)

Conclusion

It is Boulder County policy to make county programs, meetings, activities, and services accessible to individuals with disabilities, according to the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you need special assistance, contact the ADA Coordinator at 303-441-3525 at least 72 hours before the scheduled event.

Events


September 8

Lunch and Learn: Connecting with Our Neighbors with Disabilities, Mobility for All and ACL

September 14

RTD Nederland Travel Training to Boulder Farmers Market, Mobility for All

September 15
Fall Employee Transportation Coordinator Meeting, Boulder Transportation Connections

September 15

Low-Vision and Visual Impairment Workshop, Mobility for All & CPWD

September 24

Fiesta and Food Trucks Event, Latino Chamber of Commerce

September 27

Baseline Road Transportation Safety Project Biking Tour, City of Boulder & Community Cycles

October 22

Listening Sessions for the Clean Truck Act, Commuting Solutions

November 3

Mobility and Access Coalition 10th Anniversary Celebration

Human Stories


CPWD, Beyond Vision, and M4A Visually Impaired & Blind Workshops


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Mobility for All and CPWD are looking for visually impaired or blind folks or individuals who work with these communities to participate in a series of interactive feedback sessions to critically evaluate our transportation workshops to make them more accessible to low-vision folks. The workshops teach folks how to use smartphone based transit applications, including Uber, Lyft, Google Maps, the Transit App, and RTD Mobile Ticketing. Your input will be valuable to creating more accessible workshops for the greater Boulder County Community.

When? Our workshops will be the third Thursday of every month from 12:00PM – 2:00PM.

  1. September 15th: 12:00PM – 2:00PM
  2. October 20th: 12:00PM – 2:00PM
  3. November 17th: 12:00PM – 2:00PM
  4. January 19th: 12:00PM – 2:00PM
  5. February 16th: 12:00PM – 2:00PM

Where? We will be hosting our workshops at the Center for People with Disabilities at 1675 Range Street, Boulder CO 80301. Please let us know if you need transportation assistance to the CPWD office. We can offer RTD bus tickets or Uber or Lyft credits to help get you to the workshops.

Compensation: We will be offering refreshments at the workshops. Please let us know if you have an dietary restrictions beforehand. We will also be providing a $50 gift card at the end of the inclusive planning process for active participants. We offer Uber and Lyft credits or RTD mobile tickets as compensation, as well as transportation to and from the workshops.

Sign Up: Please sign up for the workshops here.

Contact: Please contact Angel Bond at abond@bouldercounty.org or Chloe Grant at cgrant@bouldercounty.org for further questions and interest.


MAC 10th Anniversary Celebration Award Survey


10th Year Anniversary Celebration

SAVE THE DATE! This year, we are celebrating 10 years of the Mobility and Access Coalition. We will be hosting the celebration on November 3rd from 12:00PM - 3:00PM. The celebration will be held at the Boulder Jewish Community Center. Register for the celebration here.

We would like to recognize drivers and other transportation and transit professionals. Please nominate your transit heroes by taking this survey to determine your favorite bus driver, school bus driver, transportation professional, for-profit driver, and volunteer driver. We look forward to celebrating all of the wonderful community members in transportation in November!


Re-Introducing RTD MyRide Cards


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RTD MyRide is a new account-based fare payment system. The system includes an updated mobile app and customer web portal as well as a new MyRide card. The system also includes new validators on buses and rail platforms, improved security, and features like fare capping.

The new system launches this month, September 2022. To get started download the RTD MyRide App and create an account. You can request to transfer the balance on existing MyRide cards to a new RTD MyRide account. For more information, click here.


Nederland to Boulder Farmers Market Travel Training


Couple boarding FLEX Express bus

Mobility for All and The Town of Nederland are hosting a travel training event on the RTD NB bus on September 14th. The travel training will take folks from the Nederland Park-n-Ride to the Boulder Farmers Market. Participants will learn how to ride the bus and how to use EcoPasses on the bus.

If interested, meet the team at 3:00PM at the Nederland Park-n-Ride to ride the bus together to the market. Riders will arrive back in Nederland at 6:41PM. Mountain residents without an EcoPass are encouraged to attend and will be provided a bus pass to participate.

Sign up and view the agenda for the training here.


Community Cycles Low-Income E-Bike Program


Partners for Charge Ahead Colorado

Community Cycles and Boulder BCycle are partnering to bring free BCycle passes to low-income essential workers, especially those who participate in low-income, affordable, or subsidized programs. This program is designed to demonstrate that electric bikes are a safe, healthy, and convenient way to take essential trips for commuting around town. Folks are eligible to apply if they live near a BCycle B-Station and by committing to commuting to work at least 3 days a week via BCycle bikes. Find out more information about the program here and apply for the program here.


Ambassador Volunteer Shout Out: Lisa


Lisa Ambassador

Lisa, an ambassador volunteer with Mobility for All and a volunteer grant writer for Via Mobility Services, is featured in this article titled "Disabled Does Not Mean Unable to Help." Lisa is a regular Via rider and a passionate advocate for mobility in Boulder County. Read about Lisa's experience using Via by clicking here.


Get Involved

www.walk2connect.com

Drive Electric Week: September 23 - October 2 is Drive Electric Week. Find an event near you to celebrate and participate, and check out EV Myth Busters from Commuting Solutions to learn more about EVs.

Safety Questionnaire: The Baseline Road Transportation Safety Project is a multi-year initiative to improve safety for all modes of travel along Baseline Road from 30th Street to Foothills Parkway. Fill out this questionnaire to help Be Heard Boulder understand your experience traveling on Baseline.

Go-Tober Challenge: Way to Go is rewarding companies who offer telework or support their employees getting to the office without taking a personal vehicle. Join the challenge and win prizes throughout the month of October.

Lyons Flyer to School: Students living in Lyons that attend schools in Boulder are encourage to use the new Lyon Flyer that connects Boulder to Lyons via US 36. The bus is free with no fare or pass needed and operates three daily rounds M-F during morning, afternoon, and rush. See the current schedule here.

DRMAC Travel Training Survey: DRMAC is looking to improve their travel training services and are in the process of revamping their Travel Training program. The survey takes 5-10 minutes to complete. Take the survey here.

Nominate Youth Leader: The Vision Zero for Youth Leadership Awards recognizes places in the United States that are leading the way in prioritizing pedestrian and bicyclist safety for children and youth. Nominate your town, city, county, or advocate here. Nominations are due October 21.


Opportunities Learn and Grow

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Transportation Annual: The 2022 Colorado Transportation Annual Report is out with information about upcoming transportation plans and updates for the state.

Webinar: Urban Institute is hosing a virtual webinar on September 13th at 12:30PM MST called Pursing Data-Driven and Equity-Centric Transportation Projects: Challenges and Opportunities for Local Actors. The webinar will review Urban Institute's findings on the obstacles local agencies face when applying for federal funding. Register for the webinar here.

RTP Virtual Open House: DRCOG recently created an on-demand virtual open house for users to explore the 2022 update to the 2050 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and allow users to provide comments on the plan.

Grant Opportunities

1. Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) Grant Program applications are now being accepted. TAP provides funding for programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives, including pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects improving mobility, community improvement activities, environmental mitigation, recreational trails, and more. The draft application deadline is October 2nd. Expanded guidelines for the grant can be found here.

2. The Reconnecting Communities Pilot Discretionary Grant Program funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is the first ever grant program to help reconnect communities that have been previously cut off from economic opportunities by transportation infrastructure to restore communities through removal, mitigation, or replacement of eligible transportation infrastructure. Apply by October 13, 2022 to be considered for funding.

Job Opportunities:

Want to have a meaningful career giving back to your community? Many of our amazing community partners are hiring for positions that help connect people with transportation resources or provide transportation services. Check out the opportunities today!

  1. Radian: Design Justice Architect
  2. Boulder County: Policy Analyst
  3. City of Lafayette: Senior Planner
  4. Cultivate: Outreach Specialist
  5. Community Cycles: Production Manager
  6. Center for People with Disabilities: Beyond Vision Skills Trainer and Youth Independent Living Advisor
  7. RTD: Multiple Open Positions with Signing Bonuses!
  8. Via Mobility Services: Bus, Paratransit, and Volunteer Driver Positions
  9. Boulder Valley School District: Bus Drivers
  10. St. Vrain School District: Bus Drivers

In the News

Image Multimodal Options

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Colorado Climate: Metro Denver set to drop I-25 and I-70 expansions as planners shape climate-minded transportation future, CPR News

Equitable Design: 'Segregation By Design' Reveals the Ugly Side of your City, Next City

Ridehailing: Can Uber-like Public Transit Replace Old-Fashioned Buses? PEW

Electric Buses: Electric school buses are in Colorado's future. But districts need help paying for them., CPR

Marketing: Two barriers that keep pop culture from embracing public transportation, Mobility Lab

Community: He saw a woman sitting in the dirt at a bus stop. So he started making benches., The Washington Post

Accessibility: Regulators Make Headway on Wheelchair Access for Ride-Hail, Streetsblog Cal

I-25: WATCH: Colorado's top transit experts talk about I-25 and your drive, CPR News

Disaster Relief: Mathematical model predicts human mobility in response to storms and pandemics, Phys.org

RTD Free Fare: Free fare month is over. Will it spawn a new era for transit in Colorado? CPR News

Equity: The growing importance of equity in planning cities: recognizing the value of improved mobility for those at exclusion risk, The University of Sydney


Learn about mobility options and resources in our region:

Boulder County Mobility and Access Coalition's Vision is an equitable transportation network that empowers people of all ages and abilities to move in and beyond the Boulder County community.