Safety & Mobility in the Downtown Core Project

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Project Information:

The “Safety and Mobility in the Core” project is a vision for a safe, connected, and vibrant downtown core in Aspen.

The City of Aspen has been exploring how right-of-way (ROW) space could be allocated differently to increase safety for all pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers. Whatever your mode of transportation, predictable behavior and communication with your fellow travelers are among the best ways to enhance safety; how space is used can reduce the risk of an unexpected situation and support safer traveling behaviors.

Additionally, the staff is looking at how the ROW space use could improve mobility and

Project Information:

The “Safety and Mobility in the Core” project is a vision for a safe, connected, and vibrant downtown core in Aspen.

The City of Aspen has been exploring how right-of-way (ROW) space could be allocated differently to increase safety for all pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers. Whatever your mode of transportation, predictable behavior and communication with your fellow travelers are among the best ways to enhance safety; how space is used can reduce the risk of an unexpected situation and support safer traveling behaviors.

Additionally, the staff is looking at how the ROW space use could improve mobility and connectivity, invite vitality into the public ROW, and prioritize transit and/or shared mobility options in the downtown core.

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    I know this isn't the Core, but...Why won't the City and County return the speed limit to 25 mph going east out of town past City Market? It changes to 35 mph at Cleveland Street, well within city limits. This is a high density area, with pedestrians and bicycles trying to cross the street or enter traffic. Nowhere else in town is 35 mph allowed.

    AJK asked 2 months ago

    Speed limit signs do not influence driver speeds rather roadway geometry, vehicle type and driver characteristics. Speed limit signs are based on speed studies that take these factors into consideration. Based on the Speed Studies done for this stretch of highway CDOT has determined that the speed limit needs to be 35 mph. In order to lower the speeds on this roadway, the roadway geometry would need to change.

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    Why does this project limit it's scope to the core? Cyclists and walkers need to get to the core from other areas of Aspen. In particular, the pedestrian through-way on Hopkins is extremely dangerous and burdensome for cyclists with the intersection of Hopkins with S Aspen, S Garmisch, and S 1st street. If Aspen wants to consider itself a bike-friendly town, it has a long way to go.

    vicmaj asked 2 months ago

    The core has been identified by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan as a barrier for connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists. In order to address the connectivity barrier, safe dedicated space for all users needs to be provided. The City works to improve bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure throughout town, the core is the focus of this project, and will include improvements to some key intersections. We are working on other connectivity projects in town that focus on providing safe routing into the core such as the Lake Ave pedestrian bikeway and a project in the Park and Midland Ave neighborhoods. Pedestrian and bicycle improvement projects occur incrementally by working with and gaining support from the community and Council.

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    How long will restaurants and other downtown businesses be allowed to use public right-of-ways for their private purposes? I was under the impression that expansion into public space was for a limited time, but have not seen plans to end this incursion. In addition to fairness issues (some get these spaces, others don't) some 'temporary' structures block sight-lines and create traffic safety problems. Can you tell the public when these eyesores will be eliminated?

    Tom Gorman asked 2 months ago

    The last day for permitted street activation is currently October, 31, 2021. The presentation on August 23 is to review the option to improve the safety for pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles; it will not focus on activation within the ROW. Staff is proceeding with Council for direction at a work session scheduled in September to discuss the future for any activation. 

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