COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Motorless Morning, which eliminated motor vehicle access within Garden of the Gods Park from 5-10 a.m. on April 22 in conjunction with Earth Day, was the first pilot program initiated by the Parks department following a 2017 transportation study. An estimated 500 people hiked, biked, ran and even rode unicycles throughout the park during the event.
A text-based survey, which received 252 responses, was employed to gauge public sentiment on the pilot event. Ninety-four percent of the respondents rated their experience as “Great,” which was the top choice, and 97 percent said they would be interested in seeing a similar program offered again.
“We’re very appreciative of everyone who took time to participate in the survey after Motorless Morning,” said Kim King, parks and recreation manager. “The positive enthusiasm of participants was staggering, and while we don’t have any additional details to share at this time, we hope to offer a similar vehicle-free experience again in Garden of the Gods, potentially as soon as the fall.”
Immediately following the Motorless Morning event, the Parks Department recorded that an average of 550 cars entered the park each hour between 10 a.m.-7 p.m. from 30th and Gateway.
The transportation study, funded by the Garden of the Gods Foundation, was conducted by Volpe National Transportation Systems Center. In addition to the study, the Parks Department also sought feedback from residents in March about proposed ways to alleviate congestion, enhance access and reduce emissions.