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North Foothills Bikeway Feasibility Study

North Foothills Bikeway Feasibility Study

North Foothills Bikeway Feasibility Study

Boulder County’s transportation Planning Division is working on Feasibility Study for the US 36/North Foothills Bikeway. The Study encompasses the eleven-mile-long corridor spanning from the intersection of Broadway and US 36 to the intersection of US 36 and CO 66. Since the start of the study the division has worked in collaboration with the steering committee which has representatives from Boulder County Parks and Open Space, City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks and City of Boulder Transportation, Town of Lyons, and CDOT.

View the Virtual public meeting presentation, April 16, 2024.

Background

The purpose of North Foothills Bikeway Feasibility Study is to determine the feasibility of a bikeway along US. 36/North Foothills Highway that is separated from motorized vehicle traffic. The study is looking at the 11 miles between the City of Boulder and the Town of Lyons. The study focuses on land that is within CDOT right-of-way. The Boulder County Transportation Planning Division is working with CDOT, County Parks and Open Space, the City of Boulder, and the Town of Lyons on the study.

The purpose of the bikeway is to improve safety and comfort for cyclists of all ages. This road has more crashes that involve cyclists than any other road in unincorporated Boulder County. The most common type of fatal or major Injury bicycle crashes are caused by a motorist rear ending a cyclist. A bikeway providing separation from motor vehicles would decrease or eliminate this type of crash on US 36/North Foothills Highway. The bikeway could also provide increased access to trails and connections to popular cycling routes along the corridor.

A map showing the North Foothills Bikeway Feasibility Study various features along the route being studied for the bikeway.

The Steering Committee has reached agreement for a proposed alignment for most of the bikeway corridor.
There are only 4 small areas totaling about 2 miles that need more analysis before being able to set the alignment.


Public Meetings

Upcoming Meetings

Past Meetings

Presentation to Boulder County Parks and Open Space Advisory Board (POSAC), April 25, 2024

Both the North Foothills Bikeway Feasibility Study and the US 36 Wildlife Crossings were on the agenda. View the video recording of the April 25, 2024 POSAC meeting.

Presentation to the City of Boulder Transportation Advisory Board, Feb. 12, 2024

Meeting Materials:

Written update to the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Board of Trustees. Feb. 14, 2024

Meeting Materials:


Motor vehicles and bicyclists on US 36 north of Boulder

Motor vehicles and bicyclists on US 36 north of Boulder

Bikeway Feasibility Study Contact

Alexandra Phillips, Project Manager
Email: aphillips@bouldercounty.gov
Phone: 303-441-4520

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