City Council adopts new bicycle master plan, COS Bikes!

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – City Council unanimously adopted today COS Bikes!, an update to the City’s bike master plan, which is designed to enhance safety, viability, integration and accessibility/inclusivity for people on bikes throughout Colorado Springs.

“Providing citizens with the facilities they require to get where they need and want to go safety is a core function of local government.  This applies for all residents, regardless of their chosen mode of transportation. The Bicycle Master Plan establishes a vision and roadmap for how Colorado Springs can provide a level of programming and bike infrastructure across the entire city that accommodates the range of users who want or need to bicycle and doing so through efficient use of City resources,” said City Councilmember Jill Gaebler.

The plan will also serve to inform and educate the general public, government staff, and elected officials of the current conditions of bicycle infrastructure and the potential of bicycling in Colorado Springs. It ultimately will be used to guide and provide strategies for the implementation of bicycle infrastructure, policies and programs for all City departments, partner public agencies and the private development community.

“We’ve seen the tremendous economic impact bicycling brings to our community through tourism, professional-level special events and entrepreneurial businesses. But it also provides a quality of life that many people seek when they are looking for a place to call home, or for businesses that need to recruit employees who are seeking an attractive quality of life,” said City Councilmember Tom Strand.  “We live in a beautiful city and we want to continue to make Colorado Springs a great place for people to live, work and play, and building a community that can accommodate the different ways in which people get around will only help our community thrive.”

Work is already underway to realize the following plan recommendations: Promote and enhance the city bike map; improve bicycle wayfinding; and establish a bike count program.

An extensive 18-month public engagement process took place in an effort to create a plan the best meets the community’s needs and desires, and will serve Colorado Springs well into the future.

View the plan at: https://coloradosprings.gov/bikeplan