Safe Routes to School: Van Buren Street Transportation Improvements

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Van Buren Corridor Project

The City of Colorado Springs has received a Safe Routes to School Grant to construct safety improvements on Van Buren Street (Templeton Gap to Circle Drive) to benefit Mann Middle School, Stratton and Audubon elementary schools, Evangelical Christian School and neighboring communities.

Project features and benefits to neighborhoodA geographic sub0area within the city that contains but is not limited to residential land uses. The extent of a neighborhood is variable and may be defined by tradition, organizational boundaries, the period of building and development, or subdivision patterns. Neighborhood boundaries may include such features as major streets or other physical elements. and roadway users

  • Modified roadway striping on Van Buren Street from its current configuration of two travel lanes in each direction to one travel lane in each direction, plus a center turn lane. Parking will not be affected.
  • For people in vehicles, the project adds a center turn lane for safer left turns and reduces the number of travel lanes to manage speeds.
  • For people on foot, the project improves crossings and adds curb ramps, and other improvements, so all people can walk more easily along Van Buren.
  • For people on bikes, the project includes bike lanes to provide dedicated space and predictability.
  • Together, these features will give a more neighborhood feel to the roadway and promote safety along a corridor that serves many local schools.
  • A fully accessible walk-to-school route along Van Buren Street.  The city will construct accessible ramps and alley crossings east and west, replace severely dilapidated sidewalk sections, and shorten the crossings at Mann Middle School and Audubon Elementary, lessening crossing students’ exposure to motor vehicle traffic.
  • Bicycle lanes to connect with an identified bicycle route on Holiday Lane to the east of Circle Drive, existing bike lanes on Templeton Gap Road and planned bicycle lanes on Patrician Way.
  • The City is partnering with Drive Smart Colorado (DSC) and with Kids on Bikes (KOB) to bring age-appropriate bicycle education outreach to all four schools.

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Safe Routes to School

All Kids Deserve Safe Routes to School: Colorado Safe Routes to School (SRTS) uses a comprehensive approach to make routes safe for children when walking and bicycling to school. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) administers Colorado's SRTS program. In Colorado, many communities, parents and schools are fostering a safe environment for their students by using SRTS programs to not only fund education and safe infrastructure, but also to encourage healthy options for our children that are safe for both walking and bicycling.

While many adults remember being able to bike or walk to school, most kids today are driven to school and just about everywhere else. The Safe Routes to School program is a great way to get kids excited about walking and biking to school and teach them how to do so safely. This project includes improvements for both children and adults to feel safer traveling through their neighborhood.  

Why is this program important?

  • SRTS programs can improve safety, not just for children, but for the entire community. It provides opportunities for people to to get to school in more ways than driving, which increase physical activity and improve their health. It also reduces congestion and pollution around our schools and encourages partnerships.
  • In 1969, roughly half of all five to 18-year olds walked or biked to school. Nearly 90 percent are driven by auto or bus to school today. SRTS is a federal-aid and state-funded program to enable children to walk and bike safely.
  • A safe route between home and school can provide exploration, fun, education, and so much more. That's why the Safe Routes to School program is a vital component to CDOT's purpose by supporting both infrastructure and educational programs that improve safety and enhance mobility through active transportation for children throughout Colorado.

Schedule / Funding

Van Buren Corridor Transportation Improvements Schedule

  • Construction is anticipated to begin Summer 2019 and will take approximately five months to complete.
  • Upon Completion, education and encouragement activities will be planned.

Funding 

  • The Van Buren Corridor Transportation Improvements project is funded by the City of Colorado Springs through a Safe Routes to School  Grant and matching funds through the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority.
  • The City of Colorado Springs received the Colorado Safe Routes to School grant through a competitive process focused on programs that benefit students in Kindergarten through 8th grade.
  • The grant totaled $305,649 including local matching PPRTA funds of $61,130.

Find Out More

FREE Ice Cream and Information at two upcoming events!

  • FREE Ice Cream!
  • Photo displays of the Safe Routes to School project and designated improvements.
  • Visit with Colorado Springs City staff regarding construction plans and schedule.
  • Learn more about walking/biking safely to school from Kids On Bikes and the Drive Smart program of the Colorado Springs Police Department and Colorado State Highway Patrol.
  • The Colorado Springs Police Department Cadet Explorers will be there with free child identification fingerprinting safety kits.
  • The Council of Neighbors and Organizations (CONO) will have information about their work to improve neighborhoods.

Event dates

Date: Tuesday, May 14

Time: 2:40-5:30 p.m.

Location: At the Athletic Field between Stratton Elementary School, 2460 Paseo Road, and Mann Middle School, 1001 East Van Buren Street

 

OR

Date: Thursday, May 16

Time: 2:30-6 p.m.

Location: Outside at Audubon Elementary, 2400 East Van Buren Street, on the playground near the front entrance off of Patrician Way

This is an exciting time in your neighborhood! These changes are designed to increase safety for pedestrians and student traffic and create a safer environment for children walking and biking to school! 

For updates by email, send an email requesting to be added to the project database to: Carolyn@Bachmanpr.com

Project Contacts

Kevin Diekelman

City Engineering Project Manager

KDiekelman@springsgov.com

719-385-5479

 

Tim Roberts

Principal Transportation Planner

TRoberts@springsgov.com

719-385-5481

 

Kate Brady

Senior Bicycle Planner

KBrady@springsgov.com

719-385-5437