The City of Colorado Springs is proposing improvements to transportation and neighborhood vitality along portions of Chelton Road, Jet Wing Drive and Hancock Expressway. These roads have been identified in the City Bike Master PlanA plan for the development of a portion of the city that contains proposed land uses, a generalized transportation system, and the relationship of the area included in the plan to surrounding property. as key bicycle corridors, and the City has studied how bicycle infrastructure might be added to provide bicycle connections and improve safety by providing dedicated space for people on foot, on bikes and in cars.
- Expanding the bike lanes currently on Chelton Road (from Bijou Street to Mallard Drive) south to Jet Wing Drive, and/or between Jet Wing Drive and Hancock Expressway;
- Expanding the bike lanes currently on Jet Wing Drive (from Wernimont Circle to Hancock Expressway), south to Academy Boulevard; and
- Creating bike lanes on Hancock Expressway from Chelton Road to Resnick Drive.
How this would happen
These improvements would occur by reconfiguring the space in the right-of-way, changing the roadways from two travel lanes in each direction and a center turn lane; to one travel-lane in each direction and a center turn lane. This roadway configuration is already in place on Chelton Road, north of Mallard and on Jet Wing Drive, north of the Hancock Expressway.
3-lane roadways such as this project proposes generally result in slower speeds and crashes that are less severe, resulting in a more neighborly feel. 3-lane roads are easier to cross and act as less of a barrier in our neighborhoods than 5-lane roads.
By creating dedicated space for pedestrians, people on bikes and people in cars, the entire corridor will provide a safer and more predictable trip regardless of how you choose to get around. The added buffer between vehicles and bikes provides an additional margin for error for all roadway users.
The proposed bike lanes would provide much needed connections for people on bikes to:
- Schools, including Carmel and Panorama Middle Schools
- Shopping areas, including the Academy Boulevard commercial corridor
- Places to recreate, including the SkyView and Leon Young Sports Complexes, the Sand Creek Library, and the Boys & Girls Clubs
- The Sand Creek Trail
- Panorama Park
- Medical facilities
- Places of worship
The data collection and analysis were funded through the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA) On-Street Bikeway Improvement program. Implementation could be funded through the City’s Bicycle Excise Tax.
Update: Sept 10, 2020
Based on the results of the traffic analysis conducted in late 2019, the thoughtful survey responses of about 200 people, and the values and needs for the Southeast that were expressed throughout the Safer Roads Southeast process, the Traffic Engineering Division has made the decision to move forward with extending bike infrastructure along the half-mile stretch of Jet Wing Drive between north of Baytown Drive and Academy Boulevard.
In conjunction with repaving in September 2020, this segment of Jet Wing Drive will be converted from four travel-lanes with a center turn lane to two travel-lanes, a center turn lane and two buffered bike lanes. The new configuration will serve to calm traffic and extend existing bicycle connections between Jet Wing east of Academy past the Mission Trace shopping center and Boychuck Avenue west of South Academy.
“Based on the values the community shared this summer through the Safer Roads Southeast public process, we feel these changes to a low-volume road will serve the needs of the community for a safer, calmer, road that will support redevelopment efforts in this area,” said Kate Brady, Senior Bicycle Planer for the City of Colorado Springs.
In addition, these changes will serve to:
- Provide dedicated space for people in cars and people on bikes, and a buffered area in between, to provide a greater margin for error for both roadway users.
- Make it easier for people on foot or on bikes to cross Jet Wing to get to the Mission Trace Shopping Center, and make it easier for people from other neighborhoods to bike to Mission Trace.
When installed, this segment will complete bike lanes on Jet Wing from Wernimont Circle on the north to Academy Blvd to the south, and when combined with other striping improvements on Jet Wing, will provide safer crossings of Fountain Blvd/Hwy 24 and Academy Blvd, two of the larger barriers for multimodal transportation in the Southeast.
The intersection of Academy and Jet Wing is a T-intersection, but there is a sidewalk connection between Boychuck Ave, east of and parallel to Academy, and both the crosswalk at Jet Wing and the southbound bus stops on Academy. People on bikes will be able to use this connection at a lower volume intersection to provide access to the bike network east of Academy.
Proposed improvements to Chelton Road and Hancock Expressway
Proposed roadway improvements for Chelton Road and the Hancock Expressway are still being evaluated. The City is committed to providing infrastructure that will provide bicycle connections, improve safety for all roadway users and do so with minimal impact on level of service of the roadways. Based on what we heard during the public meetings, and to make the best decision for the neighborhood, the City has have gone back to the traffic consultants to develop options at the Fountain Boulevard and South Academy Boulevard intersections. The additional information and options from the consultant will help guide the City's final decision, anticipated by the end of this year, and assure a project that people in the Southeast will be comfortable using.
Between 2016 and 2018 the City completed a citywide Bike Master Plan, which involved extensive public engagement. One element of the plan was a vision network of existing and future bicycle infrastructure. When built out, this network would provide basic connectivity across the city. The Master Plan identified locations for infrastructure but did not specify what that infrastructure would look like or when it would be built. The segments under question were all identified in that future network.
Chelton was repaved in 2019. At that time, citizens approached the City requesting that we consider a roadway safety reconfiguration to include bike lanes, citing the following benefits:
- Investment in the southeast part of the city
- Safe and healthy environment for kids and families
- Connections/connectivity for all destination in the southeast area
- Safer trail crossings
- Access to Sand Creek
- Improved safety and predictability for all people, regardless of how they choose to get around
Although the benefits were clear, the City felt that a decision to reconfigure Chelton would require an analysis of the potential costs of doing so. In late 2019, the City contracted with WSP, a local engineering consulting firm, to conduct data collection and analysis for Chelton, Jet Wing, and Hancock.
The collection and analysis were finished in spring, 2020, and the City is ready to share with residents the results.
Digital Public Meeting #1: June 30, 2020
Digital Public Meeting #2: July 14, 2020
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City of Colorado Springs:
- Kate Brady, Senior Bike Planner
- Traffic Engineering/Public Works
- Ph: 719.385.5437
- Lisa Bachman, APR, Public/Stakeholder Engagement – Bachman pr
- Ph: 719-488-5908
- Monica Ramey, Public/Stakeholder Engagement – Bachman pr
- Ph: 719-339-4109