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Get around Durango logoDurango is a community that encourages alternatives to using a single occupancy vehicle. Whether you use your feet, your bike, our popular Durango T bus and trolley system, carpool, or other forms of transportation, our Multi Modal Division has resources for you. To the left, you’ll find a wealth of information about getting around Durango by modes other than a single occupancy vehicle. 

Multi Modal News and Events:

Clean Commute Week June 20-25, 2015
The Annual Clean Commute Week was a huge success! Big thanks to everyone who participated and supported the events! Visit the Clean Commute Week page for pictures and more information about the festivities. 

Congratulations to the Winners of the Clean Commute Week Business Commuter Challenge! 

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The 2nd and 15th Connectivity Project
Updated July 22, 2015
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The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the FTA 5317 (New Freedom) funded construction on the 2nd and 15th Connectivity Project. 

The 2nd & 15th Connectivity project intent is to provide safe and accessible connections to Transit, bicycle and pedestrian networks in the area. In includes the construction of a sidewalk and ADA improvements at the Animas River Trail in Rotary Park as well as ADA, safety, sidewalk, and bikeway improvements to 15th St. Detailed improvements include: 5-8 foot sidewalks, ADA ramps at all intersections, improved driveway access, sidewalk connections at Animas River Trail, safer crosswalks at intersections, and shared lane markings.

The $503,000 project was awarded to local contractors. Goff Engineering provided the design and engineering services and Kennebec Construction Inc was awarded the construction.

Give us your feedback! Do you like the new track crossing? For more information on the project, call Amber Blake, Director of Transportation and Sustainability, at 375-4949.  

The Needham Connect Project
The City of Durango recently received a $291,000 Safe Routes to School Grant to improve infrastructure around Needham Elementary with the purpose of increasing the safety of school children in accessing Needham Elementary School.  This project, "The Needham Connect," was identified as a project in the City's Multi-Modal Transportation Master Plan as a safety project.

This project will improve sidewalks, bringing them in to compliance with the American's with Disabilities Act, the City's Land Use Development Code, as well as provide much needed safety improvements to the project area. You can find a schematic design of the project here.

The City hosted a public meeting on Monday, December 8 at Needham Elementary to discuss the Needham Connect Project. At the meeting, Amber Blake, Director of Transportation and Sustainability, presented proposed infrastructure changes, gathered neighborhood input and answered questions. You can find minutes from the meeting here.

Amber also presented at Needham Elementary's Parent Coffee Talk in January.

For more information about this project, give us a call at 375-4901.

24th Street Bridge and Brookside Park Connectivity Project
The 24th Street and Brookside Park Connectivity Project was identified by the public as an area of need during the Multi Modal Transportation Master Plan process. The implementation of this project helps the City of Durango and Durango Transit improve accessibility to transit stops. It is funded by FTA 5309 State of Good Repair and FTA 5317 New Freedom. 

The project scope includes the construction of a sidewalk connecting the Brookside Transit Stop at Camino del Rio and Brookside Park. The sidewalk was constructed adjacent to the park along the alley to 24th Street. A mid-block crossing at the alley was installed across 24th Street. New ADA curb ramps were installed at the intersection of West 2nd Ave and 24th Street. A new sidewalk was installed along the north side of 24th Street, providing accessible pedestrian access across Junction Creek on the existing bridge deck. The project was completed in the Spring of 2015. 

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Sharing the Road: Navigating the new Green Bike Features in Durango

The Colorado Department of Transportation, in coordination with the City of Durango’s Multi-Modal unit, has incorporated new safety features for cyclists as part of its US 160/US 550 Continuous Flow Intersection project (which includes many cycling, pedestrian and vehicle safety features through 9th Street).

Here’s how to navigate the new features….

Colored Bike Lane
Motorists are expected to yield right of way to bicyclists at these locations.  The dashed colored bike lanes are placed at areas of potential conflict, such as the start of right-turn lanes, right turns at signalized intersections from a through lane, and where right turns cross a bike lane. Motorists and cyclists should travel with added caution through the dashed areas.

Bike Box
A bike box is a designated area at the head of a traffic lane at a signalized intersection that provides bicyclists with a safe and visible way to get ahead of queuing traffic during the red signal phase. Bicyclists will have better left-turn positioning at intersections during the red signal phase and within the box, bicyclists are grouped together so they can clear an intersection quickly, minimizing the impediment to motorized traffic. As shown, motorists are instructed to WAIT HERE in advance of the bike box.

2-Stage Bike Box
Two-stage turn queue boxes offer bicyclists a safe way make left turns at multi-lane signalized intersections from a right side bike lane. The two-stage boxes also improve safety by separating turning bicyclists from through bicyclists (note the box is positioned adjacent to the through bike lane).

Signal Detection
Both types of Bike Boxes have multi-radar cyclist detection that turns the signal green for cyclists regardless of waiting motorized traffic. The same traffic detector is also used to turn the light green for motorists waiting in their respective lanes.

Pedestrians and cyclists have the right to travel along and across roadways, and increases in congestion are leading more people to choose walking and biking for transportation. While pedestrians and cyclists have historically represented a small portion of the total traffic volume along roadways, typically less than two percent nationwide, in 2012 they accounted for more than 14 percent of all traffic fatalities. As a result, legislation and policies are being enacted across the US to help protect these highway users—including here in Colorado (CRS 43-1-120).The field of bicycle and pedestrian transportation is rapidly evolving, and new highway features to accommodate these modes of travel may be unfamiliar to many. But it’s only a matter of time until these features become very recognizable, as cities and states continue to deploy them nationwide.  ~Colorado Department of Transportation

Momentum Newsletter
You can view our most recent e-newsletter here.

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Contact Info
Multi Modal Transportation

Amber Blake
Multi Modal Administrator

Transit Center
250 W. 8th St.
Durango, CO 81301

Ph: (970) 375-4949

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