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MAP Carbondale - Carbondale Mobility & Access Plan

The Town of Carbondale is working on a project to study transportation challenges, identify mobility issues, and develop recommendations to make Carbondale comfortable and accessible by any mode.

Over the summer, we gathered your input about specific transportation issues in town with an online commenting map. That input was used to develop recommendations for improving mobility in Carbondale.

Mobility and access improvements are split into three main categories: Intersection Improvements, Traffic Calming, and Multimodal Facilities. Based on the initial public feedback for MAP Carbondale, a handful of intersections and segments in Town have been identified as priority locations for these improvements.

The commenting map has been updated to illustrate each of these priority locations. With this commenting map, you can review the priority improvement locations and tell us which ones are most important to you.

Thank you for your continued participation, comments, input, and involvement in the project!

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MAP Carbondale - Carbondale Mobility & Access Plan

The Town of Carbondale is working on a project to study transportation challenges, identify mobility issues, and develop recommendations to make Carbondale comfortable and accessible by any mode.

Over the summer, we gathered your input about specific transportation issues in town with an online commenting map. That input was used to develop recommendations for improving mobility in Carbondale.

Mobility and access improvements are split into three main categories: Intersection Improvements, Traffic Calming, and Multimodal Facilities. Based on the initial public feedback for MAP Carbondale, a handful of intersections and segments in Town have been identified as priority locations for these improvements.

The commenting map has been updated to illustrate each of these priority locations. With this commenting map, you can review the priority improvement locations and tell us which ones are most important to you.

Thank you for your continued participation, comments, input, and involvement in the project!

https://fhueng.mysocialpinpoint.com/carbondale-transportation-toolkit/carbondale-transportation-toolkit-map

Project Background and Objectives

Background

Carbondale has historically been a community that values mobility and access which has been a theme of each Comprehensive Plan and restated in the Town’s recent 2022 Comprehensive Plan Update. For many years, the Town has intended to create a bike and pedestrian friendly environment. The first concrete step was the formation of priority corridors in 2013. The Town has undertaken projects since to improve mobility and access, such as the 8th Street project, but has done so project by project without an overarching guide or plan. Since 2013 Carbondale has experienced unprecedented growth which has impacted existing infrastructure and mobility corridors. This growth has impacted the community’s ability to move freely and comfortably throughout town. Carbondale continues to face pressure from population growth, increased density and changing demographics which will only further stress the existing infrastructure and impact Carbondale’s small-town character and its accessible and connected small-neighborhoods. As such, Carbondale desires to create an integrated multi-modal system to provide guidance for future growth to ensure Carbondale’s values and character are preserved and enhanced.

In 2022, the Town updated portions of its Comprehensive Plan. The 2022 Comprehensive Plan Update took place over a 2-year period and involved a significant amount of public outreach and inclusion as well as feedback and input on overarching values and specific action items. Many of these action items are captured in the 2022 Comprehensive Plan’s Implementation Matrix. Goal Topic 5 focuses on Multi-Modal Mobility and Access and includes a specific recommendation to develop a Transportation Master Plan. The Multi-Modal Mobility and Access Goal Topic informs the Town’s direction for the Multi-Modal Mobility and Access Plan (M3AP) and lays out strategies and actions related to the plan’s contents including but not limited to:

  • Revisiting the community’s long-term vision for multi-modal transportation based on a comprehensive community outreach process.
  • Conduct a bicycle and pedestrian facility inventory and identify missing gaps.
  • Develop an interconnected, integrated, and safe multi-modal system that is sustainable as Carbondale grows.
  • Improve safety and convenience for pedestrians in town with a focus on highway crossings and connectivity between different parts of town.
  • Optimize the existing trail network.
  • Identify options to enhance First /Last mile connectivity.

Objectives

Upon completion of the M3AP the Town desires to use the plan to support town-wide goals and objectives in the following ways:

  • Support the Town’s vision as a pedestrian and bike friendly community and prepare a framework to communicate and consistently honor that vision.
  • Provide a road map to preserve and strengthen Carbondale’s pedestrian and bike infrastructure in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Support a holistic and transparent approach to transportation planning decision making.
  • Position Carbondale well for external funding opportunities.
  • Ensure the planning and development process considers pedestrian, bicycle, and transit infrastructure as a critical element.
  • Enable Carbondale to proactively preserve its character as an equitable, eco-friendly, socially engaged, small-neighborhood, highly accessible community and to consider this in all growth and development decisions.
  • Position Carbondale as a model community in its approach to transportation infrastructure.
  • Commit Carbondale to a culture which ensures every individual has full and safe access to schools, neighborhoods, health and wellness facilities, cultural activities, shops, and other essential community resources without reliance on an automobile.
  • Inform public relations and community education campaigns to improve understanding of Carbondale’s multi-modal objectives, encourage community feedback, and build pride in the town’s unique character.

When developing the M3AP the selected consultant should ensure that components of the plan are consistent with the principals of Complete Streets and Vision Zero as well as the Bike, Pedestrian and Trails Commission’s definition of a multi-modal corridor:

Multi-Modal Corridors ( are a connected system of streets, pathways and sidewalks on which the needs of all users (regardless of age, ability or mode of transportation) are of equal importance and all users have the same rights to safe and comfortable use.

Components and recommendations of the M3AP should consider equity, sustainability and environmental concerns as well as ease of implementation and integration into the town’s building codes, land use and zoning and development approval processes

The town is seeking help to focus these strategies and provide a plan which will guide achievement of Carbondale’s multi modal mobility and access goals.

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    Diane

    by Diane, 4 months ago

    I grew up in Boulder and have biked all over and think that we may be at the point of needing to put in longer merge lanes and stoplights. The sheer volume of traffic that is mixed with drivers from all over the place are too unpredictable for me to cross HWY 133 safely.

    I don't see any affordable way to fix it. My vision would be to put HWY 133 underground for a half mile, top it with a pedestrian path with trees; my other dream is for ped/bike overpasses a la Basalt's. The underpasses tend to be scary... Continue reading

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    Worst Parking Lot Ever

    by SusanC, 4 months ago
    Our City Market parking lot is poorly designed and dangerous. With traffic lanes and parking spaces going in both directions, the opportunity to back into another car or back into anyone behind is magnified in comparison to one way lanes more common in such designs.


    I sent suggestions to CMkt website and the store itself, no response beyond a form "thank you". I also mentioned this poor design to a Cdale policeman in the lot and his response was "we can't do anything, it's private property." Meaning, nothing can be done unless there's an actual accident. Small child run over... Continue reading

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    Intersection 133 and Hendrick

    by Judie Blanchard, 4 months ago
    The intersection at 133 and Hendrick by the Wells Fargo bank is one of the most dangerous in town. I have been almost hit by cars multiple times when trying to cross with lights flashing and other cars stopped. It's cars traveling south in the middle lane who keep going despite all other cars being stopped.
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    Complete the sidewalk on NE side of Cowen Drive

    by nikidelson, 7 months ago

    Carbondale has many sidewalks that are inadequate for current pedestrian traffic. We also have sidewalks that end in the middle of a block, forcing pedestrians to walk in the street. An example is along the north side of Cowen Drive, where the sidewalk abruptly ends after Red Hill Animal Hospital. Pedestrians who want to cross 133 have 3 have three bad options .1) walk in the street Cowen Drive facing oncoming traffic, and make a left turn onto Highway 133 facing cars who are making a left turn onto Cowen and unable to see pedestrians. 2) walk on the grass... Continue reading

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    133 and Village

    by Mike., 7 months ago
    This intersection is very dangerous for pedestrians and bicyclists, especially coming from Village and crossing 133. Currently the only crosswalk across 133 originates from the SE corner of this intersection, but there is no sidewalk on Villlage on that side. Due the this configuration, a bicyclist or pedestrian must activate the crossing signal to cross village and then activate a second signal to cross 133. Due to human nature, many, including children, take unsafe short cuts to avoid a double crossing, sometimes even going against the flow of traffic on the south side of Village Rd where vehicles are turning... Continue reading
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    Dolores Way and Highway 82

    by nikidelson, 7 months ago

    The dangers at this intersection have been addressed in numerous traffic studies dating back more than 10 years. Satank, on the west, is populated by residences and businesses. A roundabout at La Fantina Plaza was recommended in 2013, long before the increased traffic from the new development along Highway 133. If a roundabout were constructed, cars heading south on 133 could turn right onto Dolores, and cars heading North would drive only a short distance to the roundabout to turn left onto Highway 133 North.

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    Intersection Highway 133 N and 82 E is dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians

    by nikidelson, 7 months ago
    The intersection of Highway 133 N and Highway 82 East is dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians. Many cyclists and pedestrians cross Highway 82 to access Red Hill for hiking and cycling. Pedestrians and cyclists must cross four lanes of traffic. Traffic merging onto Highway 82 is accelerating, looking to their left for oncoming traffic and not paying attention to the barely visible crosswalk. The best safety solution is an underpass. In the meantime, at a minimum there should be flashing yellow lights at the crosswalk.
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    Crosswalk and left turn nightmares

    by Chefmatt, 8 months ago
    Anyone who drives 133

    Knows it is merely a matter of time before a jaywalking pedestrian gets hit by a car in front of city market. Likewise, a driver could die from old age trying to turn left out of La Fontana plaza at the wrong time of day.


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    more in-town public transit

    by Illene, 9 months ago
    I suggest we have a van, not a huge bus, that provides more bus stops in housing areas around town to take people downtown, to the Rec Center, the Roaring Fork Family Physicians and the City market shopping center. People need that option particularly in winter when roads are icy and seniors are less likely to walk, ride a bike or drive.

    Senior housing should be served and wherever else people express a desire for better access to public transit.

Page last updated: 07 Dec 2023, 06:40 PM