Transportation News from Northglenn

Transportation News from Northglenn

Smart Commute works hard to serve our two-county, ten-city area, including Northglenn, located in the heart of the north metro.  This month for our newsletter, are featuring the progress Northglenn is making to transportation in the community.

  • Connect Northglenn Adoption: In February, the City adopted its first bicycle and pedestrian master plan, Connect Northglenn. This forward-thinking, long-range plan provides background information on the extensive data analysis that went into developing recommendations and provides the framework for implementing both active transportation infrastructure and programming improvements throughout the City.
  • Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Grant: Also in February, the City completed the first Connect Northglenn implementation project, installing bicycle-friendly infrastructure in the community through a partnership with LiveWell Colorado. The project included a new bicycle repair station and air kit located at Northwest Open Space and placement of 24 custom Northglenn logo bike racks throughout the City. The City is currently exploring additional grant opportunities to continue the successful program.
  • Second annual Bike Rodeo: On June 2, in partnership with Bicycle Colorado, Northglenn hosted its second bike rodeo and learn to ride obstacle course in conjunction with the City’s popular Derby Day event. Nearly 50 youth participated in the activities. The City also raffled off 50 refurbished children’s bicycles donated by the City’s bike repair volunteers as well as new bicycle helmets courtesy of the Northglenn Community Foundation.
  • Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) Update: The City is currently updating its Zoning Ordinance, which will include several new and enhanced regulations to encourage bicycle and pedestrian-friendly development and redevelopment. Staff will provide public engagement opportunities to weigh in on the draft UDO throughout late summer and early fall, with adoption scheduled for early 2019.
  • 112th Avenue Corridor Improvements – Design work is underway for roadway and pedestrian improvements along 112th Avenue, which will provide access to the new rail station on RTD’s N-Line. The TIP funded project includes a trail connection along 112th Avenue and pedestrian crossing enhancements at both York Street and Fox Run Parkway intersections.
  • Road to Zero Grant: Northglenn is proud to be one of 26 municipalities across the state partnering with Bicycle Colorado to implement a Safe Systems Innovation grant which will offer educational safety classes for both cyclists and motorists over the next year.
  • New on-street bicycle facilities: Following a successful bike lane pilot project (the City’s first!) as part of Connect Northglenn community engagement efforts, the City will be striping bike lanes and adding sharrows to two local roadways in late summer/early fall through the residential streets repaving program. Northglenn will continue to add bicycle and pedestrian improvements to the street network next year via Community Development Block Grant funding.
  • Regional bike share exploration: Northglenn is one of several Adams County communities that has participated in a task force with Smart Commute over the past year to research opportunities for implementing a regional bike share system. Northglenn City Council discussed the concept at a study session in June and will be following up with a second session this fall to review the City of Thornton’s pilot program launch and potential discuss next steps for the City.