Pueblo Active Community Environments (P.A.C.E.)

2009 Accomplishments

Liveable Community Workshop in Pueblo August 12, 2008
The Livewell Pueblo 2008 grant allowed the Pueblo City-County Health Department to host a workshop for community leaders and residents with Dan Burden, a nationally recognized authority on bicycle and pedestrian facilities and programs, street corridor and intersection design, traffic flow and calming, and other design and planning elements that affect roadway environments. See Dan Burden video.

Walkability Challenges hosted in Pueblo
Walkability assessment sessions were completed in three neighborhoods in Pueblo County: Mesa Junction neighborhood, the Eastside neighborhood, and the Downtown Judicial Center redevelopment area. A total of 112 people attended these sessions. In all three neighborhoods, sidewalks were found to be cracked and crumbling, areas where there were sidewalks ended, bushes and trees blocking walkways and some unsafe areas to walk due to fast traffic.

The data collect from the walkability assessments has been used to assist in grant writing by the Pueblo City Planning Department for new redevelopment projects. The Planning Department has used the feedback from the work on this strategy in several grant proposals to improve walkability and bikeability in the targeted neighborhoods. The City Planners have become champions for increasing bikeability and walkability and speak to businesses that apply for building permits regarding the concepts of active community environments and how their building project can incorporate these concepts.

Bike Route Map

  • The Bike Route committee updated the 2003 bike route map using a beginner, intermediate and expert rating for routes. The map also includes mountain biking trails in surrounding open space areas and educational graphics to improve cyclists and motorists following the rules of the road for everyone’s safety.
  • Two public comment sessions were held in June 2009 prior to Bike to Work Day that provided valuable feedback and modifications to the plan.
  • The 2009 Livewell Pueblo Grant provided $3,500 as the cash match to a $7,500 CDOT grant to print and distribute the map. The printing was delayed until early 2010 to allow the CDOT contract to go through the entire process.
  • The 2009 Livewell Pueblo Grant also provided $3,500 for bike route signage along the highlighted commuter routes as Phase One of signing routes in the City of Pueblo

Bikeability Challenge hosted in Pueblo

Saturday, October 3rd 2009, 26 Pueblo cyclists attended our first bikeability challenge.

  • A League Cycling Instructor gave a quick class and discussion on the route, how to safely ride with traffic, near parked cars and the dangers of sidewalk riding compared to riding on the road.
  • The 8.1 mile route included green and blue on-road routes, part of the River Trail and bike lanes downtown. All cyclists were given a map and checklist to rate the route and add comments on what improvements were needed. A PBS film crew filmed participants for an educational video produced through a SRTS grant.
  • After riding the route, cyclists enjoyed a 10% discount and bike camaraderie at the Solar Roast Café. Two coffee shop patrons were so inspired by the group; they went shopping for their own bikes!
  • Recommendations taken to city staff:
    • Stripe bike lane on 18th Street Bridge to show cyclists and motorist adequate space is available so crossing double yellow line on blind hill is unnecessary.
    • Consider easier route through Mineral Palace Park and adjust bike lanes within park for continuous movement across on Main Street either direction. This would allow Mineral Palace bike lanes to run a continuous circuit loop in the park with no cross movements with motor vehicles.
    • Improved visibility/signage and ramp access to Wild Horse Creek Trail off 18th and all along the trail system.

Livewell Minigrants:
 

The 2009 Livewell Pueblo grant included $20,000 to go toward infrastructure projects to improve walkability and bikeability in Pueblo County. Five applications were received and funded after a subcommittee reviewed the applications. An estimated 17,097 people will be impacted by these projects. Each organization funded provided in-kind matching support for the built environmental improvement and has made a commitment to maintain the infrastructure of the project. A total of $22,410 in matching funds were donated to the projects.

  1. North Mesa Elementary: $10,000 for a fitness area on its campus for students and community members. Included installation of a quarter-mile walking path and a variety of fitness stations including: pull-up bars, a sit-up bench, parallel bars, a horizontal ladder, a vertical ladder, a balance beam, and stretching posts.
  2. Pueblo West Parks and Recreation: $3,500 for benches (4), mile markers (25), dog poop stations (7) along 6 mile community multi-use trail and a bike rack (1) at Cattail Crossing.
  3. GAIA Institute: $2,250 for a large bike rack (18 bikes) at bus stop, a walking path on the Gaia lot and park bench at the GAIA Institute Wellness Center on 4th Street.
  4. The Loft Coffee House: $1,000 for outdoor bench with bike rack and will include a water fountain in front of the coffeehouse. The bench, bike rack is also an art installation as designed by local wood sculptor, Patrick Armstrong.
  5. Southern Colorado Soap Box Derby, Inc.: $1,250 for a shade structure/bench built by the Pueblo Community College Welding Department will be installed in spring 2010.
  6. Additional funding was provided for bumpouts, bike rack and landscaping for the project near the County District Attorney Office: $5,000
     

Ordinance approval:

Bike Parking Ordinance No 8115 approved in November 2009. The ordinance pertains to new or renovated properties requiring 40 or more parking spaces to provide a minimum number of bicycle parking spaces equivalent to 5% of the automobile spaces. The ordinance also requires a primary pedestrian connection to the public sidewalk.

Bike Racks and benches installed:

  • Downtown Association purchased and installed 7 BIKE bicycle racks and 5 benches.
  • Developed partnership with Pueblo Community College Welding Department for students to fabricate lower cost bike racks.
    • Pueblo School District No 70 ordered 10 racks for all Pueblo West schools.
    • Pueblo West Parks and Recreation ordered 1 rack through minigrant for Cattail Crossing.
  • Developed list of local welders willing to produce quality, lower cost bike racks
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