Boulder prioritizing cyclist, pedestrian safety for Canyon Boulevard improvements










Leesah Patt and her son, Gavin, 2, cross Canyon Boulevard at 13th Street on Tuesday on the way to them visiting the Pearl Street Mall for lunch.


Leesah Patt and her son, Gavin, 2, cross Canyon Boulevard at 13th Street on Tuesday on the way to them visiting the Pearl Street Mall for lunch. (Paul Aiken / Staff Photographer)

The Boulder City Council moved closer on Tuesday evening to making a decision regarding proposals for improvements to Canyon Boulevard — with the main focus being the safety of pedestrians and cyclists — sending city staff away with two of their favorite proposals to hopefully distill to one.

“The safety rating is a pretty big deal to me,” Councilman Sam Weaver said. “We’ve been hearing a lot from the public about safety.”

The city is in the early stages of making improvements to Canyon Boulevard between Ninth and 17th Streets. Staff started off with 10 possibilities and have narrowed them to seven and now three.

Each option includes two vehicular lanes in each direction. While there has been concern about decreasing the drive time in the area — especially with regard to public transportation — the primary concern revolves around safety.

However, Councilwoman Jan Burton posed the question that while the city is an advocate for cyclists and pedestrians, drivers might wonder who is looking out for them.

“I’m concerned this would increase the time it takes a car to get through the area,” she said. “That is what people are telling us they are pissed off about.”

Of the three possibilities, council members appear to prefer the proposal that calls for a protected bike lane on both sides of Canyon Boulevard with planted separation, north and south amenity zones — which are spaces for art, benches and bus shelters — sidewalks, tree rows…

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