Where do YOU want bike-sharing stations? Boulder B-Cycle wants your input

From the City of Boulder:

A community workshop will help plan the next 30 stations in the Boulder B-cycle system.

The City of Boulder and Boulder B-cycle, a local non-profit formed to own and operate Boulder’s public bike-sharing system, are co-hosting a community workshop from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at BJ’s Restaurant at 1690 28th St. (at Canyon Boulevard).

The workshop is being held to develop a public bike-sharing Master Plan of future station locations. Boulder residents, employees and visitors are welcome and encouraged to participate in the workshop. Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided, along with a no-host bar. Attendees are asked to RSVP by Friday, Nov. 9, to ensure workshop organizers can plan accordingly.

“We’re excited to start this conversation with the greater Boulder community and use their local knowledge of the places where they live, work, and play to guide Boulder B-cycle’s future station locations,” said Boulder B-Cycle Station Planner Amy Breunissen. “The B-Cycle system is all about the people who use it and where stations are needed, so getting community input is essential to our planning process.”

The workshop schedule includes:

An informational presentation on Boulder B-cycle, including guiding principles and criteria to consider in determining bike-sharing station locations; and
Focus group break-out sessions concentrating on geographical areas in the city of Boulder.
Geographic groups include: North Boulder, Gunbarrel, Central Boulder, Northeast Boulder, the University of Colorado and Hill Neighborhood, South Boulder and Southeast Boulder. See the map of current stations and geographic areas.

One of the main workshop objectives is to prioritize the top 10 stations to install in 2013 as part of the Federal Transportation, Community, and System Preservation (TCSP) program grant awarded to the City of Boulder.

“We are committed to continuing our partnership with Boulder B-cycle to help make bus-bike trips more viable,” said Marni Ratzel, City of Boulder bicycle and pedestrian transportation planner. “Creating new transportation connections starts with providing shared bikes for the last or first leg of local and regional transit trips to/from neighborhoods, commercial areas, and employee work sites.”

The long-term vision for a complete Boulder B-cycle system is 500 bikes and 50 stations. The full system is planned to connect people to transit, serve downtown Boulder, mixed-use neighborhoods, and outlying compatible population/employment centers throughout the city, including the CU campus.

For more information about Boulder B-cycle and the workshop contact Amy Breunissen, Boulder B-cycle station planner, at amy@boulderbcycle.com or 303-728-4568.

For more information about the city’s bicycle and pedestrian plans and the TCSP grant project, contact Marni Ratzel, City of Boulder transportation planner, at ratzelm@bouldercolorado.gov or 303-441-3266 or visit: www.goboulder.net.

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