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TRANSPORTATION The City of Boulder Transportation Division has worked for three decades to create an innovative and balanced transportation system that enhances Boulder’s quality of place. Recent city data indicates that 64% of all trips by Boulder residents are made by bus, bike or foot, while 38% of Boulder’s workforce commutes by alternative modes. Boulder has built a nationally recognized pedestrian-friendly community, earning the Gold-level Walk Friendly Community designation. The pedestrian-only Pearl Street Mall and an extensive network of multi-use paths and hiking trails are Boulder icons that attract people from all over the country and the world. Boulder’s 300 miles of dedicated bikeways include on-street bike lanes, contra-flow bike lanes, designated bike routes, paved shoulders, multi-use paths and soft-surface paths. There are 80 bike and pedestrian only underpasses allowing for uninterrupted travel throughout the city.

A majority of Boulder's Community Transit Network of highquality, frequent and convenient transit routes that connect local destinations and neighborhoods and regional destinations is operated by the Regional Transportation District (RTD) with select routes operated by Boulder-headquartered Via Mobility Services. Among the peer communities studied in this report, transportation systems and mobility are critical factors in regional economic vitality. Population growth and migration between states and regions create demands on transportation networks that impact a community’s quality of life and attractiveness to innovators. According to the annual Global Traffic Scorecard produced by INRIX, Boulder had the second lowest level of traffic congestion among its peer communities.

TRAFFIC CONGESTION (CITY) City

Congestion Rank Among 300 Cities in United States

Average Peak Hours in Congestion

Driving Time Spent in Congestion

Raleigh

83

16

8%

Boulder

52

24

10%

Denver

21

36

8%

Austin

14

43

11%

Portland

12

50

11%

Seattle

9

55

12%

Boston

7

60

14%

San Francisco

3

79

12%

Source: INRIX

BOULDER ECONOMIC COUNCIL

Boulder drivers spent only 10% of total driving time in congestion and at number 52, ranked the second lowest of peer communities. Drivers spent the most overall driving time in congestion in Boston.

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Innovation Venture  

The Boulder Innovation Venture Report is a product of an initiative launched by the Boulder Economic Council of the Boulder Chamber in 2017....

Innovation Venture  

The Boulder Innovation Venture Report is a product of an initiative launched by the Boulder Economic Council of the Boulder Chamber in 2017....