Canyon Improvements Implemented as Cycling Season Gears Up

Just released from Boulder County today. These are not the improvements I thought we would see but they are improvements. Take a look at this article about improvements that were previously discussed.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Canyon improvements implemented as cycling season gears up

Boulder County, Colo. – Residents, motorists and cyclists that use Boulder County’s canyon roads will notice several improvements implemented by the Boulder County Transportation Department this spring in response to recommendations made by a group of local cyclists and canyon residents and the results of a survey of canyon users.

“The group produced some great ideas and, together with the tremendous response we received from the survey, we have been able to implement some significant improvements,” Boulder County Transportation Director George Gerstle said.

Improvements initiated to date include:
• Sweepers contracted to clean road shoulders more frequently and earlier than usual
• Construction and paving of pullouts where cyclists can congregate to prevent gathering in road
• Road maintenance staff assigned to regularly patrol canyon roads and remove debris from shoulders
• Construction of wider shoulders on westbound Lee Hill Drive from the Boulder city limits to Olde Stage Road

“Construction of wider shoulders on Lee Hill Drive will be accelerated at the suggestion of both the bicycling community and canyon residents who identified this section of road as particularly dangerous for both bicyclists and drivers,” Gerstle said.

Additionally, a county bicycle map has been developed that provides information on shoulder widths, traffic levels, steepness, pullouts, and other important information so cyclists can be more aware of the conditions they may encounter on different roads, and can choose the most appropriate route for their ride. The map will be distributed countywide in the coming weeks.

To increase safety for motorists and cyclists in the canyons, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office has collaborated with Transportation staff on outreach and education with the local cycling community. The Sheriff's Office continues to work with canyon residents, cyclists and motorists on how to make the roads a more enjoyable and cooperative place to live, drive and cycle.

The improvements and outreach efforts are based on the recommendations of the Boulder County Mountain Canyon-Cyclist-Motorist Working Group. The group, organized in the fall of 2009 by the county’s Transportation Department and Sheriff’s Office, collaborated to develop practical ideas for making mountain roads safer and to increase cooperation among users.

One of the ideas, which will be implemented soon, was the development of a code of signage and guidance to improve safety and reduce tensions between cyclists and motorists. Upon completion and approval, the code will be implemented on the roads of Left Hand Canyon, James Canyon and Lee Hill Drive. If successful there, the code could be adapted for implementation in other areas of Boulder County.

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@303cycling I like it especially sweeping the road and making a better place to meet. Filling pot holes is just a on going process I think. Some day a resurfacing would be great with a wider shoulder. My wish list, LOL.