Boulder: City to Eliminate Vehicle Lanes to Encourage Biking

A plan to remove vehicle lanes to allow for wider bike lanes will move forward on three major streets: Folsom Street, Iris Avenue and 63rd Street. Supporters say it will reduce car accidents and make it easier for pedestrians to cross the street, as well as provide wider bike lanes and buffers for cyclists. They say it will encourage more people to ride their bikes because it creates a safer environment.

Two City Council members, Mayor Matt Appelbaum and Councilman George Karakehian, voted no on the project. The majority on Council seemed to think that an increase in traffic congestion and drive times are reasonable trades for better bike lanes. The unintended consequences of the plan remain to be seen. For example, will the plan result in more drivers using different routes to avoid these streets? How will that impact adjacent residential and commercial neighbors?

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