Future transportation plans could include putting Boulder roads on a ‘diet’

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BOULDER, Colo. -- Drivers might feel like the leaders in Boulder have them in their crosshairs.

City Council is talking about future transportation improvements—and many favor pedestrians.

“Probably every day to class,” is how much Heather Spencer walks.

But she and friend Gregory Hamm say Boulder is already a little too amorous with pedestrians.

“There are already so many advantages to being a pedestrian in Boulder,” says Hamm.

Some city leaders want to give the power to pedestrians to change traffic lights with the push of a button.

OF course, drivers are suspect.

“Sounds like it would snarl up traffic quite a lot,” says motorist Suzanne Duarte.

But even pedestrians think it’s unnecessary.

“Drivers in Boulder already have a lot of areas they have to lookout for pedestrians. And having to stop for them in more places than they do is too much,” says Spencer.

“It doesn’t make sense to make it easier for pedestrians to clog more of the driving ways,” says Hamm.

And Boulder is thinking about putting its roads on a diet—where lanes for cars would give way to wider sidewalks and continuous bike lanes.

But not everyone is walking all over the ideas.

“Maybe there’s some ground in the middle to meet. Not really sure. There are some interesting progressive ideas,” says one resident who didn’t want to give his name.

The city wants to accommodate all modes of transportation with a priority on walking.

But people we talked to say leave things as is.

“We have a system that is already overkill with these flashing yield signs that you don’t cross at a crosswalk. Having a whole stoplight seems like, ‘Yeah, only in Boulder,’” says pedestrian Lauren Daggett.

Council will vote on its final transportation master plan in July.