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Education & Outreach
Clean Commute Week
Clean Commute Week is held in June each year. It is an annual celebration of walking, biking, carpooling and riding the bus around Durango. The week includes many events, such as Bike to Work Day, a Community Forum, the Love Your Commute Celebration, and the Business Commuter Challenge.
Winter Bike to Work Day
Winter Bike to Work Day is held each year in February. It is a fun celebration of winter commuting, complete with coffee and breakfast snacks, free bicycle tunes, lots of free giveaways, and a whole lot of fun!
Bike Walk Bus Day
The City of Durango participates in Fort Lewis College's annual Bike Walk Bus Day, with the purpose of encouraging clean commuting among college-aged students.
Bike Walk Bus Day raises awareness on FLC's campus about the transportation options that are available to students, and offers incentives to students through the Way to Go! Club and raffle prizes.
Bike Walk Bus Day is held in October each year.
Way to Go! Club Member Party
The annual Way to Go! Club Member Party is held in September each year. It is the City of Durango's way of thanking Way to Go! Club members, who have committed to sustainable transportation in our community.
To get in on the fun, join the Way to Go! Club by clicking on the link in the left hand menu.
Safe Routes to School Education and Encouragement
The City of Durango provides innovative Safe Routes to School projects and programs. Addressing first and last mile issues with walking and bicycling is a cornerstone of Safe Routes to School infrastructure projects. In addition, encouragement strategies developed through Safe Routes to School funding aim to develop model programs and encourage behavior change research.
In conjunction with National Bike and Walk to School Day in May and International Bike and Walk to School Day in October, the City of Durango hosts Walk-n-Roll-a-thon events to encourage elementary aged students to bike and walk to school. Past events have included bicycle rodeos, bike parades, raffle prizes, rootbeer floats and poster contests. A snapshot infographic of parent survey responses from April 2017:
Custom travel training for businesses
Are you interested in promoting alternative modes of transportation to your employees? Through our travel training program, we will come to your place of business to evaluate strengths and potential barriers to commuter success and work with you on options for increasing the commuter-friendliness of your workplace.
We will conduct a training with your wellness coordinator(s), management staff, or all employees about the different modes of transportation, routes specific to your location, and tools to successful clean commuting.
Give us a call at (970) 375-4955 to schedule your evaluation and training today. This is a free service offered by the City of Durango's Multimodal Division.
For small groups and individuals
Are you interested in getting out of your lonely car and commuting by bike, foot, carpooling, or public transit? Please call (970) 375-4955 to schedule an in-person training session and we will help you find the best routes from your home to the places you want to go in the Durango community.
We will provide you with tools to be successful and safe in your new travel modes. If you need extra help, we will even hop on the bus or the travel the route with you.
If a typical street is not complete, what makes it a Complete Street?
Complete Streets, as defined by Smart Growth America, are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Complete Streets make it easier to cross the street, walk to shops and bicycle to work. They allow buses to run on time and make it safer for people to walk to and from transit stations.
Complete Streets rendering for Las Tunas Drive in Temple City, CA
Creating Complete Streets means transportation agencies must change their approach to roadway design. By adopting a Complete Streets policy, as within City of Durango's Land Use and Development Code communities direct their transportation planners and engineers to routinely design and operate the entire right-of-way to enable safe access for all users, regardless of age, ability, or mode of transportation. This means that nearly all transportation projects will make the street network better and safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers and transit users -- making Durango a better place to live.
A Complete Street is a traffic calming feature. The design elements of a Complete Street, such as road diets, neighborhood traffic circles, roundabouts and protected bike lanes, may be introduced one at a time to make spot improvements street-by-street, or they may be implemented on an area-wide basis, with multiple streets treated at the same time with suitable traffic calming treatments. However, spot treatments are not as effective as area-wide improvements, according to the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Traffic Engineering Handbook, because they tend to simply shift traffic problems from one neighborhood street to another (2009, p.534).
The City of Durango is investigating the implementation of traffic calming features in order to provide a safer environment for all users by enhancing drivers' ability to see, increasing the available time needed to react, diminishing severity of crashes and reducing incidence of drivers overtaking cyclists. If it is determined that traffic calming features are appropriate as a multimodal transportation enhancement, the City will host public processes to determine where and how they can be implemented.
Traffic calming features can have the following benefits:
- Reduced motor vehicle speed.
- Decrease the likelihood that crashes will occur, by increasing drivers' response time and minimizing motor vehicles overtaking movements.
- Decrease likelihood of an injury resulting from a crash.
- Improve bicyclist level of comfort and benefit pedestrians and residents by reducing traffic speeds along the corridor.
- Establish and reinforce bicycle priority on roadways.
- Provide opportunities for landscaping and other community features such as benches, message boards, and colored pavement at an intersection, benefiting all roadway users and residents.
The final Multimodal Transportation Plan and all associated projects adhere to the City's Land Use and Development Code (LUDC), in particular all Complete Streets Policy from Chapter 4: Site Design and Natural Resource Stewardship. An example of an implemented Complete Street in Durango is Florida Road, which features bike lanes, reduced travel lanes, a shared-use path and a neighborhood roundabout.
The City is currently in the process of implementing the following Complete Street projects:
- College Drive and 8th Avenue Traffic Calming. This project will include the construction of a road diet (reconfigure 4 traffic lanes to 3 lanes) along College Drive from East 2nd Avenue to East 8th Avenue and along East 8th Avenue from Santa Rita Drive to 8th Street. College and 8th was awarded a $779,883 Highway Safety and Improvement Program grant for the road diet. Project design is near completion and construction will commence in 2022.