Parking and Transportation Issues

Downtown Parking - Golden Colorado

City Council will have a study session (no voting and no public comment) tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers.  The Assistant City Manager has been researching the costs and logistics of having the city provide broadband services, and he will report on his findings to date.

Councilors Charis-Graves and Brown have been leading a group that has studied the charters of our various boards and commissions.  The group concluded that our two biggest gaps were in museum oversight and citizen input on transportation design.  The Parks & Rec Board has promised to spend more time on the museums, with occasional input by the Historic Preservation Board.  A new board is proposed to advise on transportation issues.  This need was inspired by strong citizen responses to the odd and torturous street designs along Heritage Road, 8th Street, and Eagle Ridge Drive.

Council will consider working with RTD to add another “flex route” green bus to improve public transit options in Golden.

They will review the status of several parking and transportation initiatives, including paid parking downtown, neighborhood parking permits, the bike library, a car share program, and West Colfax and Washington Avenue street redesigns.

The paid parking kiosks have definitely freed up parking in the downtown lots.  Some of the people from Mines who used to park downtown have now moved to the lot west of the library and to 16th, 18th, and Ford Streets.  The School of Mines has announced plans to build a parking garage on campus to accommodate their students and employees.

There is a lot of interest in the bike library, but the weather the past two weekends has minimized actual bike loans.  The city will be adding three more bike stations this summer–in Parfet Park, on the Mines Campus, and at the Light Rail Station.  These will be “bike shares” and there will be a charge for using the bikes.

Zip Car plans to establish a car share location in Golden, and is requesting two reserved parking spaces in the Jackson Street garage.

For more information on any of these issues, see the agenda and meeting packet.  The meeting will be broadcast live through the city website.

The Colorado Scientific Society is hosting a lecture tonight at 7PM at the Mountaineering Center–Too Warm, Two Poles: How Past Super Interglacials Should Inform Future Coastal Policy.  It’s free and open to the public.  Learn more….