Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan

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Woman rides her bike across a bridge in Golden.

The Howdy Downtown! program is comprised of this and other projects focusing on Downtown Golden. Learn more about all of the Howdy Downtown projects and how you can share your input and be involved.

Background Information

City staff and residents have previously collaborated on multimodal issues through the 2003 Bicycle Master Plan and the 2008 Bicycle and Walkability Task Forces. Many of the project and policy recommendations from these documents have been implemented.

In 2020, the City adopted the Transportation Master Plan (TMP) to guide transportation policy, programs and capital investment. The community came together around a shared set of aspirational transportation values—Safe and Connected, Livable and Resilient and Prudent and Equitable. The TMP recognized the need for additional planning to achieve these values for walking and biking in Golden.

Why Create a Bike and Pedestrian Plan?

Golden is already recognized as a regional cycling destination with access to the foothills. On summer weekends, thousands of residents and visitors enjoy walking through Downtown Golden and along Clear Creek. A bike and pedestrian plan will provide the groundwork to ensure everyone—residents, visitors and commuters—has access to safe and efficient multimodal travel. More than just infrastructure, the Plan will focus on expanding our walking and biking culture through partnerships, programs and policy.

How is the City developing the Plan?

City staff will develop the plan in-house with technical support from Muller Engineering. Muller has completed extensive transportation and engineering analysis and projects for the City over the past several decades.

How can I get involved?

The first round of multimodal visioning outreach occurred from mid-July through the end of September 2022 and focused on determining the community's priorities and values specific to walking and biking. Please download the report to the right for a summary of what we've heard so far.

The second round of public engagement is focused on the Plan's vision, goals and objectives, evaluation metrics and draft policy and program recommendations. There are several ways to share your thoughts, concerns and questions with the City with more in development:

  • Howdy Downtown Public Open House: A public open house will be held on Tuesday, January 31 from 5:30 to 7:30pm at the Golden Community Center (1470 10th Street). The event will primarily focus on a unique and interactive workshop to help inform the community about parking management strategies in the Downtown Parking Study. Other activities during the open house will include a discussion of goals, evaluation metrics and draft policy and program recommendations for the Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan; recommended changes to the Seasonal Outdoor Business Program and Miners Alley Pilot Program; and ideas for a temporary pop-up plaza in West Downtown. The tentative open house schedule is below:
    • 5:30 - 6:00pm: Open house with city staff available at each project table
    • 6:00 - 7:00pm: Downtown Parking Study workshop
    • 7:00 - 7:30pm: Open house with city staff available at each project table
  • Office Hours: City staff will be available Mondays, 2-3pm on January 23 and 30 and February 6 and 13 at the Planning Department offices, 1445 10th Street. This is an opportunity to discuss your input and ideas on a one-on-one or small group basis.
  • Contact Staff: City staff can be reached at mwempe@cityofgolden.net, via phone at 303.215.8884 or in person at the City of Golden Public Works and Planning Building, 1445 10th St.

Please contact Matt Wempe (mwempe@cityofgolden.net; 303-215-8884) if you, a person you are assisting, or an organization needs additional help to engage with our planning process due to limited access to technology, a disability or a language access need.

The Howdy Downtown! program is comprised of this and other projects focusing on Downtown Golden. Learn more about all of the Howdy Downtown projects and how you can share your input and be involved.

Background Information

City staff and residents have previously collaborated on multimodal issues through the 2003 Bicycle Master Plan and the 2008 Bicycle and Walkability Task Forces. Many of the project and policy recommendations from these documents have been implemented.

In 2020, the City adopted the Transportation Master Plan (TMP) to guide transportation policy, programs and capital investment. The community came together around a shared set of aspirational transportation values—Safe and Connected, Livable and Resilient and Prudent and Equitable. The TMP recognized the need for additional planning to achieve these values for walking and biking in Golden.

Why Create a Bike and Pedestrian Plan?

Golden is already recognized as a regional cycling destination with access to the foothills. On summer weekends, thousands of residents and visitors enjoy walking through Downtown Golden and along Clear Creek. A bike and pedestrian plan will provide the groundwork to ensure everyone—residents, visitors and commuters—has access to safe and efficient multimodal travel. More than just infrastructure, the Plan will focus on expanding our walking and biking culture through partnerships, programs and policy.

How is the City developing the Plan?

City staff will develop the plan in-house with technical support from Muller Engineering. Muller has completed extensive transportation and engineering analysis and projects for the City over the past several decades.

How can I get involved?

The first round of multimodal visioning outreach occurred from mid-July through the end of September 2022 and focused on determining the community's priorities and values specific to walking and biking. Please download the report to the right for a summary of what we've heard so far.

The second round of public engagement is focused on the Plan's vision, goals and objectives, evaluation metrics and draft policy and program recommendations. There are several ways to share your thoughts, concerns and questions with the City with more in development:

  • Howdy Downtown Public Open House: A public open house will be held on Tuesday, January 31 from 5:30 to 7:30pm at the Golden Community Center (1470 10th Street). The event will primarily focus on a unique and interactive workshop to help inform the community about parking management strategies in the Downtown Parking Study. Other activities during the open house will include a discussion of goals, evaluation metrics and draft policy and program recommendations for the Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan; recommended changes to the Seasonal Outdoor Business Program and Miners Alley Pilot Program; and ideas for a temporary pop-up plaza in West Downtown. The tentative open house schedule is below:
    • 5:30 - 6:00pm: Open house with city staff available at each project table
    • 6:00 - 7:00pm: Downtown Parking Study workshop
    • 7:00 - 7:30pm: Open house with city staff available at each project table
  • Office Hours: City staff will be available Mondays, 2-3pm on January 23 and 30 and February 6 and 13 at the Planning Department offices, 1445 10th Street. This is an opportunity to discuss your input and ideas on a one-on-one or small group basis.
  • Contact Staff: City staff can be reached at mwempe@cityofgolden.net, via phone at 303.215.8884 or in person at the City of Golden Public Works and Planning Building, 1445 10th St.

Please contact Matt Wempe (mwempe@cityofgolden.net; 303-215-8884) if you, a person you are assisting, or an organization needs additional help to engage with our planning process due to limited access to technology, a disability or a language access need.

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    Walking and biking are ingrained into the City of Golden and part of our outdoor and sustainability ethos. We are seeking diverse feedback from residents, commuters, visitors and all who call Golden home. Your responses will help inform the multi modal vision of the Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan. This survey will open starting August 1 and remain open until September 16.

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    This SRTS Assessment Survey will complement the Multimodal Visioning Survey by working to specifically understand the transportation needs of students, parents, and staff affiliated with our Golden schools. This survey is specific to either students, parents, or staff of Jeffco Public Schools in Golden. Please only fill out this survey if you fall into one of these categories. 

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Page last updated: 26 Jan 2023, 10:23 AM