Two transportation grants to improve bike commutes to campus

Two grants awarded from CDOT will be implemented to improve Pitkin low-stress bicycle network as well as adding secured bicycle parking at transit centers. Colorado State has a long-term commitment to creating transportation options for faculty, staff, employees, students and visitors to campus. “These partnerships will bring projects that will help thousands of students and employees at CSU make the decision to travel to the university without their personal vehicle. We are excited about the impact these grants will bring to our community for years to come,” said Aaron Fodge, manager of Alternative Transportation at CSU. Improving cross-city and campus bike routes, additional signage The Pitkin Low Stress Bicycle Route is an east-west connection across the city for bicyclists, passing directly through the center of the CSU campus. The City of Fort Collins, collaborating with CSU, will lead the effort to create a cross-city bicycle route, add critical improvements to the route through campus, as well as create a bike signal crossing at Shields and intersection improvements at College. This route currently serves 1,200 CSU employees and more than 5,000 students who live within a half mile of this corridor. When completed, cyclists can travel more safely east-west to and through campus. Bicycle parking structures at transit facilities A partnership with Boulder County will construct long-term bicycle parking structures at transit facilities across the transportation corridor, connecting Longmont, Boulder and Fort Collins to improve connections between bicycling and transit. Secure bicycle parking facilities will be placed at the University Station of Mason corridor to allow transit riders leave their bike at the stop and then complete the rest of their journey via MAX. “With two bike parking structures in Fort Collins and two more in Boulder, commuters will have the necessary infrastructure in place to rely fully on alternative transportation, which will ultimately increase bicycling activity by allowing more people to get to their bus stop via bike,” Fodge said.

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Celebrate Around the Horn on Nov. 13

The Around the Horn is a new, free shuttle bus route designed to help students, faculty, staff and visitors get across campus quickly, conveniently and safely. The route began in August and features 15 stops across campus, with a loop that begins at the Lake Street Garage, to and around the Oval, across the Lory Student Center, down to Moby Arena, and back. On Nov. 13 CSU students will be hosting a campaign to advertise the utility and convenience of Around the Horn. There will be groups of students set up from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the bus stop on Plum St. near Laurel Village and on Lake St. near the parking garage. These students will have snacks and T-shirts to give away to students, employees and visitors who download the Transfort App and take a ride on the bus. The university will also be hosting an Instagram contest for anyone who rides the bus. The most creative picture posted with the hashtag #aroundthehorn will win a prize.aroundtheHorn-Stops-18in-out-01 The goal of this event is to spark interest in the Around the Horn shuttle bus, while providing information and resources on transportation at CSU.   About Around the Horn This shuttle bus system was funded in part by a vote of CSU students. The system was implemented by the city’s Transfort system with the help of the CSU student government and the university’s Division of Parking and Transportation Services.  The bus route is a circle around campus (going both north and south). There are 14 total stops throughout campus. The entire route takes only 10 minutes. The purpose of this bus is to make campus commutes easier and to encourage people to utilize other forms of transportation other than driving.

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RamGuards, RamBassadors enhance safety and education

Commuting to or around CSU, you might have noticed a new addition to various intersections and on-campus locations. The RamGuards and RamBassadors are two new programs, introduced this fall, designed to provide peer-to-peer education about traffic laws and promote a safe commuting environment for students, employees and visitors. RamGuards keep campus intersections safe Campus Safety Officers, who are students trained by CSU police, help move bicyclists, pedestrians, longboarders and motor vehicles safely across campus. These crossing guards direct traffic in selected, high traffic intersections to promote safety and reduce opportunities for conflict and accidents at intersections where bicycle and pedestrian traffic outnumbers vehicles.Colorado State University Ramguards RamGuards are stationed at the intersections of Lake and Center, Pitkin and Meridian, and South and Meridian during peak hours of traffic flow across campus. RamBassadors help navigate across campus RamBassadors are trained students who provide in-person education at 45 campus locations to students, employees and visitors about navigating their way across campus. They focus on reminding students, faculty, staff and visitors about safety when commuting to or on campus, such as slowing down when approaching busy areas, and using the proper bike or pedestrian lane. They also share helpful tips to avoid violating CSU transportation laws and regulations. RamBassadors were developed to help encourage safety and reduce the number of accidents or collisions among bikers, pedestrians and longboarders on campus. In addition to providing in-person education on campus, RamBassadors also gather data about bike rack capacities and the number of bikes, pedestrians and longboarders traveling through their assigned location for the day. That information is shared with Parking and Transportation Services to help inform decisions about bike rack placement and safety on campus. “The RamGuards and RamBassadors programs have started out strong and encourage the CSU community to have patience in the program’s start-up phase while they become a vital asset to commuter safety,” said Aaron Fodge, CSU’s alternative transportation manager.

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