Planning for Active Transportation

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Active transportation is defined as a means of traveling using human-powered mobility, primarily walking and biking.

A number of citywide plans include active transportation objectives aimed to provide Longmont with an efficient transportation system. Ideally, this system will enhance mobility, equitably support multiple modes of transportation, reduce environmental impacts and promote a healthier community.

Active transportation is defined as a means of traveling using human-powered mobility, primarily walking and biking.

A number of citywide plans include active transportation objectives aimed to provide Longmont with an efficient transportation system. Ideally, this system will enhance mobility, equitably support multiple modes of transportation, reduce environmental impacts and promote a healthier community.

Please feel free to ask any questions regarding transportation projects in Longmont. We can't wait to hear from you!

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  • It seems like Macintosh lake gets all the hype (and rightfully so), but Union Res has a lot of potential, too, and us East-siders would like to see a loop trail around it! Are there any updates as to when construction of the loop around Union Res will actually begin? In the meantime, I'll patiently dream about how nice it's going to be. Thanks!

    MtnViewPace asked 14 days ago

    Hi there!

    The loop trail around Union Reservoir is partially funded in the 5-year Capital Improvement Program. The trail will be built in phases from 2020 to 2022, beginning with the west section of trail which runs from Jim Hamm Nature Area along the west side of the Reservoir. Here’s a link to the Union Reservoir project website

    Another exciting connection for east-siders (and all trail users) is the Spring Gulch #2 Greenway Trail, which will begin construction later this fall and will connect Stephen Day Park out to Union Reservoir. 

    The City is excited to get rolling on these highly anticipated eastern trail connections. Your patience has been appreciated as some of these trail projects were delayed in order to rebuild trails damaged in the 2013 flood. Another great place to view Longmont’s upcoming bike and trail projects is on the City’s Active Transportation Projects Map

    Hope this information is helpful. Thank you for the inquiry. -CJW

  • Hello, I see the Sunset Street redesign seems to be finished. It looks nice and I would be comfortable riding on it but is something going to be done with the blocks on either end (@ Pike & Ken Pratt Blvd.)? There isn’t a safe way to get to/from the new lanes. At least re-doing the sidewalks (making them wider) would be helpful. As it is, I still will not be using Sunset. Thanks

    TerriJ asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Terri,

    The work on Sunset was completed this year as a restriping project as part of an asphalt overlay on South Sunset Street. The timing worked well to complete this section of the project in 2019. 

    In 2020, there are two projects that will address the Pike and Ken Pratt intersections with South Sunset. One is the Pike Road (Sunset to Main Streets) project and the other is specific to the Ken Pratt/Sunset intersection. We hope to also address the “missing gap” section of South Sunset Street between Ken Pratt and Nelson Road as well, with the planned project next year.

    Thank you for reaching out!

    -CJW

  • Hello, I realize there is still a lot of work to do to repair the biking/hiking trails from the 2013 flood. What I don't understand is all the "closed trail" signs I run across, especially on weekends. From what I can see, the trail looks fine past the signs. I can see closing during the week when crews are working on the landscaping, etc. Why can't they open them on weekends so we can safely get around. A couple weekends ago it was the trail behind Best Buy and this weekend it was the trail that goes under S. Pratt Parkway. It's very dangerous trying to get across that street now that it's wider, cars are going faster and there is a hill that partially blocks the view (using Boston Ave to cross). I noticed the trail is under construction & unusable a little west of S. Pratt but it would be so much safer if we could use the underpass (which loo ks complete besides landscaping) at least on weekends. Please consider! Pretty soon I will be too old to ride my bike and want to have fun while I still can! Thanks!

    TerriJ asked 4 months ago

    Hi Terri,

    Our apologies for the slow reply to your inquiry.

    Due to safety, liability and to avoid confusion, trails remain closed for construction projects until the entire project is substantially completed. Even when trails may appear to be fine past the signs, there may still be construction equipment stored on the trails, which makes them unsafe for use. 

    The City does not open and close trails on nights and weekends for a number of reasons including the added public confusion as to whether they are open/closed, additional hours required from contractors and potential safety/trespassing issues.

    Once the Resilient St. Vrain Project (RSVP) City Reach 2a project is completed later this year, the greenway trail between Main St. and upstream of S. Pratt Parkway (including the underpass) will be opened for public use. Please note that the trail between a point upstream from S Pratt Parkway and Boston Avenue will be closed for 2020 and part of 2021.

    You can learn more about RSVP at https://www.longmontcolorado.gov/departments/departments-n-z/water/stormwater-drainage/resilient-st-vrain, and see our ever-evolving trail status map at https://www.longmontcolorado.gov/departments/departments-n-z/parks-open-space-and-trails/directory-of-parks-trails/greenways-trails/trails-status-map.

    Thank you for reaching out, and happy riding!

    -CJW

  • I see that the Enhanced Multi-use Corridor Plan includes a proposal for improving pedestrian and bike routes along Emery Street. What's the latest news on these plans -- are they on hold or are they scheduled for a particular timeframe? Thanks!

    cammckay asked 5 months ago

    Hi there!

    Emery Street is one of ten corridors (not including Coffman Street) identified as an Enhanced Multi-Use Corridor (EMUC).

    The City is currently developing the next 5-year Capital Improvement Program (2020-2024) that includes a partially funded project (TRP132) to design and construct the proposed improvements. Given the limited Street Fund resources, staff is proposing a “phased” implementation plan for the EMUC improvements. For example, re-striping a street for buffered bike lanes is a lower cost improvement that is more easily implemented than replacing an existing 4’ sidewalk with an 8’ concrete multi-use path.

    The EMUC plan included prioritization of the various segments. TRP132 is currently focusing on the highest ranked sections: Mountain View Avenue and 21st Avenue.

    We hope this helps. Thank you for your interest!