Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Larimer County Adopts Policy Regarding E-Bikes on Soft-Surface Trails

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Beginning July 1, 2021, Larimer County will allow those with mobility issues to ride Class I and Class II electric-assist bikes (e-bikes) on soft surface trails that allow bicycles. This change follows results of a pilot program allowing e-bikes at Devil's Backbone Open Space as well as extensive public input. The policy will update a policy adopted in 2011 allowing mobility assistance devices on all Larimer County trails and open spaces. County rangers may enforce the new policy by asking e-bike users about a mobility disability; however, rangers may not ask for details on the specific condition.

Public opinion, greater accessibility for those with disabilities, and support for alternative modes of transportation all played major roles in the County's decision. Class I and II e-bikes are already allowed on Larimer County paved trails and open spaces. E-Bike regulations by trail surface type vary among other land managers in Larimer County such as Fort Collins, Loveland, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and the US Forest Service.

Read more on Larimer County's decision from the Loveland Reporter-Herald.

Electric-Assist (E-Bike) Classification - Under Colorado and Fort Collins law, e-bikes are defined as bicycles with two or three wheels, fully operable pedals, and an electric motor.
  • Class I E-Bike - Provides electrical assistance only while the rider is pedaling, up to 20 mph
  • Class II E-Bike - Provides electrical assistance regardless if the rider is pedaling or not, up to 20 mph
  • Class III E-Bike - Provides electrical assistance while the rider is pedaling, up to 28 mph. Class 3 e-bikes must be equipped with a speedometer, and may not be ridden by people under 16 (unless as a passenger).  People under 18 must wear a helmet.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Bustang adding Weekday, Weekend & Holiday Service

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Beginning May 23, Bustang is is adding service to its North, South, and West Lines. The additional service will bring Bustang close to its pre-pandemic service levels. Seating restrictions will also be lifted, but masks will still be required for passengers and drivers. 

The North Line currently makes stops in Fort Collins and Loveland, with four routes Monday-Friday. The service changes will add another two roundtrips Monday-Friday, as well as two roundtrips on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays. 

Courtesy of CDOT, see full details of the additional service below:

· North Line between Fort Collins and Denver 

o   Four routes are currently operating Monday through Friday.                         

ADDING: Two roundtrips Monday through Friday, plus

two roundtrips on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays 

·  South Line between Colorado Springs and Denver

o   Four routes are currently operating Monday through Friday

o   Two routes currently operating Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays

ADDING: Two roundtrips Monday through Friday

·  West Line between Grand Junction and Denver/Glenwood Springs and Denver/Vail and Denver

o   Three routes currently operating Monday through Friday

ADDING: Three roundtrips (one for each West Line route) on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays


In addition, full capacity seating – 51 passengers - has returned to all Bustang coaches.  However, public safety measures will continue, including:

·     Face masks required for drivers and passengers

·     Additional personal protective equipment issued for drivers

·     Hand sanitizer wipes offered to passengers when boarding the bus

·     Coaches cleaned and disinfected upon completion of each route and after completion of each day’s routes, including all seats, safety belt buckles, head rests (front and back) and armrests

 

“The addition of these routes brings us very close to our pre-pandemic service levels,” said the Chief of the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Office of Innovative Mobility Kay Kelly. “To help ensure that we continue on this trajectory, we are continuing to follow federal law with respect to face masks, and are also asking passengers to please purchase tickets in advance, as much as possible, in order to minimize physical interactions with the drivers.”  

 

Please visit ridebustang.com for specific route, schedule and fare information.

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Bustang and Bustang Outrider help further CDOT's multi-modal mission, and fulfill a key responsibility to alleviate congestion and offer more travel choices for longer-distance commuters on the state's urban and rural corridors. 

Monday, May 17, 2021

Construction season continuing in Fort Collins, Windsor, and on I-25

Traffic on I-25.

Construction season is kicking off throughout the region. Be aware of construction happening in the following areas:

  • Harmony Road between Shields Street and the BNSF railroad will be repaved today, and this project should last around 10 days. 
  • Larimer County Road 5 between SH392 and Oakmont Drive will be closed to allow widening of SH392 through June 7.
  • Starting 9 p.m. Sunday and through 5 a.m. May 23 there is a scheduled full closure of eastbound and westbound Larimer County Road 14 to install new bridge girders for the southbound Interstate 25 bridge over County Road 14 and reconstruct Larimer County Road 14 under I-25.
  • The I-25 Frontage Road between SH60 and Larimer County Road 14 will close permanently as part of the new widening of I-25.
  • Monday through June 3, there will be intermittent nightly single lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. on County Road 16 to install deck panels over the road.
These projects are explained in more detail in this article from the Coloradoan.

Friday, May 14, 2021

CDOT building mobility hub using stimulus funds

Rendering of new Berthoud mobility hub

Federal funds from Congress' second stimulus package will be used to build the $6 million mobility hub in Berthoud. The bus stop will be located in the middle of I-25, similar to the mobility hub being built at Kendall Parkway, north of US34. A park-n-ride will be built with special tunnels dug underneath I-25 to connect to the bus stop. The bus stops can serve Bustang and other regional transit. The location is close to a large new development, which could eventually house 8,000 people.

Read more in this interview and article from KUNC.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

CDOT looking for input on US 34 and WCR 17 intersection improvement designs

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Do you use the intersection of US 34 and WCR 17? If so, CDOT wants to hear from you. The intersection has been identified as a high crash location along US34, and designers are looking at ways to improve safety and mobility. Three alternatives have been developed, which are described in a short video available at https://www.codot.gov/projects/us34-cr17-intersection. There is also a brief survey in English and Spanish, available at the same link, for the public to provide their input.

As noted in the CDOT press release, no funding is currently identified for project implementation, so it is unknown when construction could begin. However, due to the importance of the intersection, CDOT is preparing the design so the project can advance quickly once funding is identified.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Greeley kicks off Greeley on the Go, looking for feedback on plan



Greeley is updating its Transportation Master Plan, called Greeley on the Go. City staff need your help better understanding how people use the existing transportation system, how the network can better serve needs, and what your priorities are. By taking the survey, you can be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card. The survey can be reached at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GreeleyTMPsurvey. La entrevista está disponible en español también en https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/GreeleyTMPSpanish

Friday, May 7, 2021

Air Quality Around the World: #AQAW2021 Day Five

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Did you know that over 90% of the global population experience pollution that exceeds WHO guidelines? Air quality is a concern around the globe, and certain atmospheric conditions can allow pollution emitted in one country to travel long distances, impacting air quality in faraway locations.

In 2020, the U.S. Department of State released ZephAir, an air quality app that provides data from reference-grade monitors located at U.S. embassies and consulates around the world. 

Learn more about global air quality by visiting https://www.airnow.gov/aqaw/around-the-world/.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Environmental Justice & Air Quality: #AQAW2021 Day Four

 

EJSCREEN

The focus of day four of Air Quality Awareness Week (AQAW) is Environmental Justice (EJ), which is defined as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.

Air pollutants are often found in higher concentrations in minority, low-income, tribal, and vulnerable communities. The EPA, as well as the NFRMPO, consider environmental justice in their work and strive to achieve the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people. 

One tool to screen locations for potential environmental justice issues is the EPA's EJSCREEN online map. To learn more about EJSCREEN and other EJ resources, visit https://www.airnow.gov/aqaw/environmental-justice/.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Citizen Science & Sensors: #AQAW2021 Day Three

 

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As air sensor technology has advanced, low-cost and portable sensors are becoming increasingly available, opening the door to more public participation in scientific research on air quality. Last year, the EPA and U.S. Forest Service started a pilot to add data from over 7,000 low-cost sensors to the AirNow Wildfire and Smoke Map. While the low-cost sensors do not meet the rigorous requirements of regulatory monitors, they provide additional data points and can be used by the public to get information on wildfire smoke in their area.

You can learn more about citizen science and low-cost sensors at https://www.airnow.gov/aqaw/citizen-science-sensors/.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Asthma & Your Health: #AQAW2021 Day Two

 

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Ground-level ozone, a pollutant of concern in the North Front Range region, can trigger asthma and worsen attacks. More than 24 million Americans suffer from asthma, which is a serious, sometimes life-threatening chronic respiratory disease.

Asthma can be controlled through medical treatment as well as management of environmental triggers. Learn more about environmental triggers and how to use the Air Quality Index (AQI) to reduce your exposure to air pollution by visiting https://www.airnow.gov/aqaw/asthma-your-health/.