Boulder’s Bike Lane Infrastructure is New to the U.S. – City of Boulder
By: City of Boulder Staff
In direct response to the community's desire for safer, more comfortable and convenient travel, Boulder will be the first city to bring concrete tall curbs to the United States. Tall curbs separate the bike lane and vehicle travel lane, serving as a form of physical bike lane protection in other North American cities, such as Toronto.
The tall curbs will replace existing striped buffers and flexible white posts at strategic, prioritized locations on Baseline Road between 30th Street and Foothills Parkway. Ongoing work, along with community feedback, will help inform more significant improvements during the next phase of work beginning in 2024. Several of the tall curbs will showcase art from a local artist selected from the city’s mural roster.
“The designs are vibrant, abstract paintings that reflect Colorado’s mountainous landscape along with local native flower and butterfly species,” shared artist Talia Swartz Parsell. “Each of the barrier sections transitions from morning to night, with the color and light of each painting reflecting this change. My hope was to bring more color, vibrancy and nature back to this concrete corridor and hopefully beautify people’s commute.”