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1/9/2017: Streets update

The Public Works Department worked through the weekend to clean up after the storm.  They will be sanding roads before leaving for the evening, however they urge people to please use extreme caution during this uncharacteristic weather.

Thank you.

Boulder County announces second annual Winter Bike Week

Boulder County announces second annual Winter Bike Week

Winter Bike to Work Day Jan. 25; register and track trips today

Boulder County, Colo. – Winter Bike Week (Jan. 23-27, 2017) is an annual celebration of year-round cycling that encourages residents, students and employees to get on their bikes for commuting, errands or just for fun.  For riders unaccustomed to riding in the cold or snow, free Winter Cycling 101 classes will be offered around the county in the upcoming weeks. Winter Bike to Work Day, held on Wednesday, Jan. 25 features over 20 FREE breakfast stations around the county. Learn more about Winter Bike to Work Day and see breakfast station locations on the county’s event website.

Riders are encouraged to register and track bike trips taken during Winter Bike Week to earn recognition and prizes. The week-long event is open to all residents and commuters in Boulder County and is a partnership between Boulder County, the cities of Boulder, Longmont, Louisville, Lafayette and the Town of Superior.

Winter Bike Week activities include:

  • Winter Biking Skills Class – Thursday, Jan. 12, 6:30 p.m. at Community Cycles, 2805 Wilderness Pl. #1000, Boulder
  • Winter Biking Skills Class – Friday, Jan. 13, 5:30 p.m. at  Shoes & Brews, 63 South Pratt Parkway Unit B, Longmont
  • Winter Biking Skills Class – Thursday, Jan. 19, noon at  the Boulder County Courthouse, 2025 14th St. in Boulder
  • Winter Biking Skills Class – Thursday, Jan. 19, 6:30 p.m. at Community Cycles, 2805 Wilderness Pl. #1000, Boulder
  • Fatbike Demonstration with Boulder Mountainbike Alliance (BMA) – Saturday, Jan. 21, morning demos, at the Brainard Lake recreation area
  • WINTER BIKE TO WORK DAY! – Wednesday, Jan 25 – FREE breakfast stations open from 7 to 9 a.m.
  • Happy Hour to Celebrate with Those Who Rode – Wednesday, Jan. 25, 5 p.m. at Twisted Pine Brewing, 3201 Walnut St, Boulder

For more information, to register or to view a map of the breakfast stations, visit www.winterbikeweek.us.

“This year we are excited to offer more Winter Cycling Skills classes than ever before,” said Alex Hyde-Wright, Bicycle Planner, Boulder County.  “These informal classes are designed to prepare fair-weather cyclists for some of the unique challenges of riding in cold or snowy weather, and include discussions on clothing, lights, bike handling and planning.”

While the weather on January 25 is usually sunny with a high of 52, if it does snow, Boulder County generally plows arterial roads first, followed by collectors and select local roads.  For Boulder County snow removal policies, visit: http://www.bouldercounty.org/roads/driveways/pages/snowremoval.aspx.

For snow removal policies within area cities and towns, please contact them directly.

If you live too far from work or school to bike the whole way, consider keeping a bike in one of Boulder County’s Bus-then-Bike shelters.  These are secure bicycle parking facilities that extend the range of transit, like the Flatiron Flyer service on US 36, by allowing you to ride the bus and then bike the last couple miles.  For a free access card, sign up at www.BusThenBike.com.

FREE B-Cycle offer

If you’d like to try out B-Cycle, sign up during Winter Bike Week with the promo code “wbw16” for one free month of riding!

Public Hearing at the Planning Commission for consideration of Short Term Rental Regulation on January 25, 2017 starting at 7PM

The Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing on January 25 starting at 7pm regarding establishment of Short Term Rental regulation and enforcement. Public comment will be accepted during the meeting and all interested citizens are encouraged to attend. 

The Commission will consider the proposed Short Term Rental Licensing Program and Enforcement for rentals under 30-days or less. The Commission has discussed the establishment of these regulations at meetings in 2015 and 2016. Public Hearing notice has appeared in the newspaper.

Streets Update

The Public Works Department is working on sanding roads now.  They will be working on grading Valleyview and Peakview tomorrow to widen these roads.

Carpoolers Need Three to Ride for Free on CDOT’s HOV Express Lanes

Carpoolers Need Three to Ride for Free on CDOT’s HOV Express Lanes

I-25 and US 36 Express Lanes are now HOV 3+


DENVER—
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) today remind carpoolers that CDOT’s High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Express Lanes is now HOV 3+.

The change began Jan. 1, 2017. HOV 3+ equals a driver and at least two passengers.

The change affects the US 36 and I-25 Express Lanes (Speer to US 36 and US 36 to 120th Avenue), corridors that offer free carpooling in the Express Lanes. The move to HOV 3+ is needed to provide uncongested travel now and in the future on the Express Lanes, as well as to provide funding to help offset costs of the lane—including operations and maintenance.

CDOT and HPTE are working with the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), the Regional Transportation District (RTD), Smart Commute Metro North, 36 Commuting Solutions, North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization (NFRMPO), Lyft, Uber and others to help people find and use additional ways to carpool, or take other modes of transportation. To explore different options, visit the HOV 3+ solutions website. Drivers also always have the option of driving in the free general purpose lanes.

Carpool purists—drivers who use their Switchable HOV Transponder in carpool mode only—will be able to receive the $15 transponder for free in spring 2017 as another way to ease the transition. Drivers can get a Switchable HOV Transponder at ExpressToll.com.


Learn more about CDOT’s Express Lanes

Express Lanes increase roadway capacity and help to manage congestion on the highways. The use of toll pricing during peak travel times reduces delays, manages congestion and maintains reliable travel times. Express Lanes are currently open on I-25 between downtown Denver and US 36, I-25 from US 36 to 120th Avenue, US 36 between Denver and Boulder, and on I-70 between Idaho Springs and Empire.

About the High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE)

The HPTE operates as a government-owned, independent business within CDOT. It searches out innovative ways to finance projects to help Colorado fulfill its commitment to increase travel choices through options that include Express Lanes, transit, biking, walking and carpooling. Learn more.

Update to 2012 ICC Building Codes effective January 1, 2017

PLEASE be aware that the Town of Nederland has adopted the 2012 ICC Building Code suite, with new codes taking effect as of January 1, 2017.

The Town will also be looking for passive solar site orientation to reduce overall energy costs for new development.  An example of passive solar orientation planning and a low-energy use home is available on the Town’s website under the “How-To Applicant Guide” section found at this link: http://nederlandco.org/building/ .

Online Firewise webinar on the Home Ignition Zone

Get to Know the Home Ignition Zone, Tuesday, August 16, 3 pm EDT (1 pm MDT)
Gary Marshall, NFPA Wildfire Field Rep
Discover the three distinct areas surrounding structures within a home ignition zone and identify how mitigation and maintenance in each section plays a distinct role in improving survivability during a wildfire. This in-depth look into the three unique distances encompassing a home will have you viewing the landscape through a different set of eyes.

http://www.firewise.org/online-courses-and-education/virtualworkshops.aspx?sso=0&mc_cid=3263430077&mc_eid=f3c9298993

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FIRST PHASE OF ONLINE STATEWIDE TRAIL MAP AVAILABLE

THE FIRST PHASE OF A COMPREHENSIVE statewide trail map that is a key component of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s Colorado the Beautiful initiative is now available online as work continues to complete the project.
In recognition of National Great Outdoors Month, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is putting a preview of the project — the Colorado Trail System (CTS) — online (cpw.state.co.us/cts) to demonstrate the power of providing easy access to public recreational information to more readily connect people with the outdoors.
CTS is making tracks to connect people, trails, and technology while promoting and enhancing Colorado’s world-class system of recreational trails through targeted, curated content in a geographic context for a wide variety of outdoor enthusiasts. A dynamic and accessible tool, CTS will make public trail data from across management jurisdictions available to anyone looking to get out and enjoy Colorado’s amazing and beautiful trails.
CTS is a statewide effort, in collaboration with local, state, and federal trail managers and support staff. The map will grow, enhance, connect, and market statewide outdoor recreation resources.
CPW has invested in the development of an online platform to display recreational data, but the power of the map will be driven by the data inside it. In the coming months, CPW will reach out to local governments in the state to offer them the ability to integrate their trail information into this system.
More information for local governments is available in the CTS — Data Integration Guide (visit cpw.state.co.us/cts and click on Data Integration). A beta launch of CTS is slated for fall 2016, and a full launch is planned for spring 2017.