Urban Trail Connection: Pikes Peak Ave.

About The Project

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Hundreds of people walk and bike the Legacy Loop every day. Currently, there is no east-west trail connection through downtown. This project will provide a safe connection to the downtown core from the Shooks Run Trail on the east side of the Legacy Loop to the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail on the west side of the Legacy Loop.

The Experience Downtown Master Plan and the Envision Shooks Run Facilities Master Plan both call for a better environment for people on bicycles and on foot along Pikes Peak Avenue.

In addition to a better trail connection, this project will also provide better pedestrian protection on a wide street.  

A project was completed last fall on Pikes Peak Avenue east of Nevada Avenue to upgrade stormwater and utility infrastructure to address flooding, giving the City an opportunity to stripe the roadway differently. Repaving west of Nevada Avenue last fall offered a similar opportunity.

Benefits

  • Trail users will have access to the downtown core along an urban trail.
  • Trail users will be able to easily access the restaurants, shops and entertainment offerings of our downtown on foot or bicycle.
  • This gateway project will connect to the Cascade Ave. project offering trail users a connection across the Legacy Loop through downtown.
  • Streetscape improvements will improve the appearance of the roadway, provide better connectivity to the rest of downtown and entice future redevelopment.
  • Greater safety for all users.

Implementation

  • Utilities and stormwater work and surface improvements were completed in late fall, 2017.
  • Restriping the final configuration is scheduled for June, 2018.

Project Details

Public and stakeholder input

The current project plan is based on input from city engineering and planning staff,  the Downtown Partnership, and public feedback during an open house in February 2016. The City gathered public input and engaged with people across the downtown area to help design this urban trail gateway that connects residents and Legacy Loop trail users with the amenities of the downtown core, including parks, businesses, transit and workplaces. The project is also in line with priorities in the Experience Downtown Master Plan. Input was gathered fromm hundreds of stakeholders, the public and area businesses during the development of that plan.

When complete, Pikes Peak Avenue between Cascade Avenue and North Corona Street will have:

  • Angled parking in the center median to mirror parking medians west of Nevada Avenue, with additional curbside parking
  • Single eastbound and westbound travel lanes
  • Dedicated space for bicycles to connect cyclists to the Legacy Loop
  • Clear and improved signage to better direct all users
  • Curb and median protected crosswalks east of Nevada to provide mid-intersection refuge to pedestrians

Safety features

  • Pedestrian improvements
    • Pedestrians will have the additional buffer of a bike lane and parked cars between the travel lanes and the sidewalk to separate them from vehicle traffic.
    • Slower vehicle speeds and landscaping will offer a more comfortable environment for walking.
    • East of Nevada Ave., the medians have been extended over the crosswalk, ending flush with the curbs on the cross street, offering pedestrians a protected place in the middle of their street crossing.
    • A lower-stress, dedicated place for bicycles should result in fewer people riding their bicycles on the sidewalk.
  • Bicycle improvements
    • Slower vehicle speeds and landscaping provides a more comfortable environment for bicycling.
    • An eight-inch vertical guide rail will be installed between the bike lane and parked cars to offer both vertical and horizontal delineation and serve as a parking guide.
    • Green paint will be used to highlight places where bikes and vehicles cross paths.
    • Special care has been taken to design the intersections to address perceived conflicts through sight lines and other techniques. 
  • Transit improvements
    • Transit users will be served by bus stops near Corona Street.

Block by Block Implementation

This project contributes to the “Link the Loop” route, giving Legacy Loop trail users a convenient way to connect across the Loop through the Downtown core.

Cascade Ave. to Nevada Ave.

In addition to the overall changes to the corridor, this block will have:

  • No changes to existing parking
  • Outside travel lane converted to a bike lane buffered from the angled parked cars
  • Right turn bays at Tejon Street

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graphic of General Cross Section of Pikes Peak Ave east of Weber St to North Corona St

General Cross Section of Pikes Peak Ave east of Weber St to North Corona St

View Striping Plan

Nevada Ave. to Weber Street

In addition to the overall changes to the corridor, this block will have:

  • Eastbound transition block will maintain curb-side angled parking with a bike lane buffered from the angled parked cars. Westbound will convert from angled to parallel parking to provide for a parking protected bike lane.
  • New center median added with pedestrian protected crosswalks, and new angled parking to echo the western blocks
  • Convert 55 parking spaces to 52

View Striping Plan

Weber Street to Wahsatch Ave.

In addition to the overall changes to the corridor, this block will have:

  • New center median added with pedestrian protected crosswalks, and new angled parking to echo the western blocks
  • Parking protected bike lanes at curbside 
  • Convert 47 parking spaces to 40

General Cross Section of Pikes Peak Ave east of Weber St to North Corona St

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graphic of General Cross Section of Pikes Peak Ave east of Weber St to North Corona St

General Cross Section of Pikes Peak Ave east of Weber St to North Corona St

View Striping Plan

Wahsatch Ave. to the Shooks Run Trailhead (Corona Street)

In addition to the overall changes to the corridor, this block will have:

  • New center median added with pedestrian protected crosswalks, and new angled parking to echo the western blocks
  • Parking protected bike lanes at curbside
  • Convert 50 parking spaces to 43
  • Improved design to circulate all users through the intersection of Pikes Peak and Corona near Colorado Ave (graphic coming soon!).

General Cross Section of Pikes Peak Ave east of Weber St to North Corona St

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graphic of General Cross Section of Pikes Peak Ave east of Weber St to North Corona St

General Cross Section of Pikes Peak Ave east of Weber St to North Corona St

View Striping Plan