The Community Cycles advocacy committee has been monitoring the discussions of the Boulder County Subdivision Paving Group. This group is working with the county to decide what to do about deteriorating subdivision roads in the county and who will pay to repave them. Many of these roads are very local - not through roads- and simply access houses in the various subdivisions in the county. The county does repairs and snow removal on these roads, but does not have the funding to repave them. The policy of the county not repaving these roads is fairly old. The subdivision residents may have know this for years and should have been informed when they purchased their homes, but the county admits they have done a poor job in the past making residents aware of this policy.
Community Cycles does not support using county funds to pave these roads, since county funds are very limited and these roads serve a very small portion of the county population. Also, if county funds are used to pave these roads, we may very likely see a reduction in shoulder paving for bicycles, a reduction of paving on county arterials, and a decrease in funding for the county trails network.
There is a good KGNU discussion on this topic (including talk from some members of this sub-committee about moving money from bike projects to subdivsion road paving) on the Feb 22 Morning Magazine ( http://kgnu.org/ht/news.html#morningmag ) go to the archive for 2/22 and it is about 35:50 into the show.
More info on the subcommittee from the Boulder County wed site:
So what can you do? The Longmont -Times Call is having an informal poll today on their web site. Please go and vote (and tell your friends) that the burden of paving subdivision roads should be paid for by the residents of those subdivisions. Again, using limited county funds to pave subdivision roads used by a small number of people may very well take money from county bike projects and county arterials used by many more residents of Boulder County. See below: