Saturday, February 11, 2012

Public comment sought on Commerce City’s bicycle/pedestrian plan

COMMERCE CITY, COLO. – Commerce City is seeking community input on the city’s draft bicycle and pedestrian plan, known as Walk.Bike.Fit: Commerce City, until Feb. 27, 2012. The plan looks at how to improve and integrate active travel – which regularly engages people in walking, biking and other non-motorized transportation – throughout the city.

Based on input previously gathered during community meetings during the last year, Walk.Bike.Fit puts forth a vision and plan for a more walkable and bikable-friendly Commerce City, recommending 26 specific projects that could achieve this goal, including:
• 60th Avenue Crosstown Link. This project envisions 60th Avenue, from Dick’s Sporting Goods Park to Brighton Boulevard, as a complete street, with a mix of on-street bike lanes, sidewalks and off-street trails.
• Town Center Greenway. This is a proposed Concrete pedestrian bike path in a landscaped corridor with street trees and way finding signs linking the Sand Creek Trailhead to Fairfax Park.
• Kearney Street Connector. This project is a shared-use side path and complete street concept following Kearney Street from SH 2 to Monaco Park.
• 72nd Avenue Connector. 72nd Avenue would be transformed into a complete street by converting the present four lanes between Quebec Street and U.S. 85 to a three lane roadway, with new sidewalks and bicycle lanes to the future commuter rail station at Colorado Boulevard.

The plan also provides street and trail cross-section concepts for these projects and other recommendations for setting policies, planning, operations and maintenance, funding and building these improvements.

“The bicycle/pedestrian plan complements the city’s existing land use and transportation plans by providing more detail on how we can increase non-motorized trips and increase physical activity,” said Traci Ferguson, city parks planner. “Beyond the healthy benefits active travel can provide, the plan offers a blueprint for improving community connectivity and enhancing the natural environment that will guide capital investments in the city for years to come.”

The community can view the plan online at or in-person at the Conter Community Center, 6505 E. 60th Avenue. An open house will be held Feb. 22 (details below) to provide more information about the plan and obtain public comments.

Residents can also email comments to or send ideas via U.S. Mail to Commerce City, Attn: Traci Ferguson, 6060 E. Parkway Drive, Commerce City, CO 80022.

WHAT: Open House for Walk.Bike.Fit Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan

WHEN: 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012

WHERE: Civic Center Atrium, 7887 E. 60th Avenue, Commerce City.

Walk.Bike.Fit was funded through a grant from the Tri-County Health Department’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative. Following public comment, City Council is expected to adopt the final plan on March 5, 2012. For more information, contact Traci Ferguson at 303-227-8788 or
Review the draft plan and comment

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