Colorado Pedals Project
In September of 2015, Governor John Hickenlooper announced a $100 million plan (a combination of public and private funding) to make Colorado “the best state for biking.” The four year initiative – dubbed the Colorado Pedals Project – will have a positive impact on the state’s economy, lend to a cleaner environment, bolster tourism and elevate health and wellness.
Where will the money come from?
- Great Outdoors of Colorado (GOCO) will provide $30 million for trail connectivity through grants that help develop bike and pedestrian infrastructure.
- The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) coupled with federal Transportation Alternatives Programs and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program funds will provide $60 million to support pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure projects as alternate forms of transportation.
- CDOT will provide an additional $10 million to better maintain and grow Colorado’s Safe Routes to School program.
With the groundwork laid and funding in place, here is what to expect from the Colorado’s Pedal Project in 2016 (as outlined by Bicycle Colorado):
- Pilot a program to replace Share the Road signs with 3 Feet to Pass signs, which have been shown to be more effective in increasing safety on our roads
- Internally promote bicycle-friendly intersections through trainings for CDOT engineers
- Increase the number of bike lanes on state highways; track and report on current mileage
- Create a public safety campaign to increase awareness of bicyclists and pedestrians
- Track and report on compliance with complete streets policy
OEDIT, CDOT and the Department of Public Health and Environment
- Quantify the impact of biking and walking in Colorado though an economic and health impact study
Colorado Tourism Office
- Develop a tourism campaign to promote Colorado cycling opportunities
Department of Natural Resources
- Identify and promote key missing trail connections between communities
Bicycle Colorado and Colorado Pedals Project Team
- Work with state agencies to help guide the projects above
- Work with local communities to connect them to Pedals Project opportunities
- Coordinate a state-level, cross-departmental task force to move state bicycle priorities forward
- Raise the remaining private funds needed to build more capacity at Bicycle Colorado
- Pilot a program in Medicaid-dense communities to promote active transportation
The Colorado Pedals Project, under the guidance of business man Ken Gart, will entail the collaboration and support of many; including the private sector, state entities and a number of local and regional bike organizations. BikeState38 fully supports this initiative and looks forward to being a part of the conversation, having offered itself as a catalyst for the project.