The Auraria Campus has been historically disconnected from its surroundings by three large arterials – Speer Boulevard, Colfax Avenue and Auraria Parkway. With the growing campus population and expansion plans underway for all three schools, the demand for better connections with surrounding neighborhoods such as South Lincoln, Golden Triangle, Pepsi Center area, and Downtown Districts continues to increase as those areas also grow and evolve. There is a great opportunity to improve existing connections to facilitate safer and more comfortable movements for all modes of transportation – especially bicycle and pedestrian movements. Incidents involving serious modal conflicts between pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, and vehicles in the last few years reaffirms the need to evaluate how all modes of transportation can operate safely and efficiently in and around the campus area.
The Connecting Auraria study effort worked to create a thoughtful, implementable short-term plan to enhance bicycle and pedestrian safety and comfort between the Auraria Campus and its surrounding neighborhoods and Downtown Districts. While the effort focused on implementation and near-term actions, recommendations resulting from the study were formed with the understanding that an engaging long-term vision for the area is still evolving to support broader social, economic and pragmatic linkages. This study focused on developing strategic projects to address operational, behavioral, and physical needs with recommendations that can facilitate multimodal connectivity as the campus and greater area continue to grow.
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