Transportation, mobility some of Golden’s ‘biggest challenges’

Golden seeks public input as it drafts Transportation Master Plan

Posted 6/18/19

Whether it’s frustration about a street in town overcrowded with traffic or a concern for safety at an intersection where accidents happen frequently, people in Golden care about mobility and …

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Transportation, mobility some of Golden’s ‘biggest challenges’

Golden seeks public input as it drafts Transportation Master Plan

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Whether it’s frustration about a street in town overcrowded with traffic or a concern for safety at an intersection where accidents happen frequently, people in Golden care about mobility and transportation.

Those issues, said Golden City Councilmember Casey Brown, along with allocating the funds to address them, “are some of the biggest challenges we have in Golden.”

On June 11, the city and the consultant firms that recently completed a mobility assessment in Golden, hosted an open house to gather input for a citywide Transportation Master Plan.

“We put a lot of pressure on our roads and transportation” network, Brown said. The master plan “will be a tool and resource to help guide us to get the best outcomes for Golden residents.”

Once adopted, the plan will help prioritize multimodal transportation investments throughout the city for the next five to seven years, while addressing the challenges of fiscal constraints in the city’s budget and limited state and federal funding, according to information on the city’s website Guiding Golden.

Resident Kathy Doyle, one of the approximately 35 people who attended the meeting, liked the idea of a master plan “to help put everything into context, project by project.”

People in Golden use many different types of transportation to get around town, Doyle said. Besides driving, some walk, ride their bicycles or use public transportation.

“It’s important for everybody to be able to get around town safely, using the mode of transportation that they prefer,” she said.

Kimley-Horn, a Denver-based transportation-planning firm, largely took on drafting the Transportation Master Plan’s mobility assessment. The mobility assessment differs from the actual Transportation Master Plan in that it is a necessary component of the plan itself.

A workshop meeting took place Dec. 6, and the community participated in providing input on a variety of mobility- and transportation-related questions dealing with travel origins and destinations in and around Golden, existing barriers preventing residents from walking more often, preferred routes for bicyclists, better accommodations for public transit and improvements for traffic flow, including in areas of current and future growth.

The city will be offering additional public input opportunities in the near future. City staff expects Golden’s planning commission and city council to discuss the Transportation Master Plan in August, with a goal for its completion this fall.

“Transportation has a fairly large affect on our daily lives,” said Jacob Emmel, a Golden resident who decided to remain in Golden following his graduation from the Colorado School of Mines a few years ago. “Your voice has the most impact now while the city is seeking your input. It’s best to give it now instead of after the fact, when they’re (the city) is putting the plan into action.”

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