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Transportation Engineering has selected consultant Fehr & Peers to help guide the development of updated Transportation, Transit and Bicycle and Pedestrian Plans. These updates will look at transportation as an entire multi-modal system centered on Loveland, including the regional impacts of jobs, shopping and medical services, focusing in on three key areas:
The current street network in Loveland has over 330 miles of arterial, collector and local streets. The historic core is roughly bounded by First Street, Madison Avenue, Eisenhower Boulevard, and Taft Avenue. The core was fully developed in Loveland’s early history and is mostly laid out in a tight grid system of tree-lined streets that provide many routing options for motorists seeking either local or through travel to their destinations.
Areas of growth have both suburban and rural characteristics, reflecting the development patterns of the 1970's and beyond, including fewer through streets, more curving roads and cul-de-sacs. The outer area also contains over 35 lakes of varying size and shape, which, when combined with the relative lack of through streets, present many man-made and natural barriers to through travel. These barriers contribute to a lack of continuous arterial streets and limit both north-south and east-west travel in and through the City.
The City of Loveland Transit (COLT) provides local and paratransit service in the City of Loveland. COLT operates five fixed routes, including the FLEX route, which provides a connection north, to Fort Collins and south, to Longmont and Boulder. Fixed-route service is provided Monday through Saturday and generally begins between 6:30 and 6:40 AM, with the last trip scheduled to depart between 5:30 and 6:00 PM.
Paratransit service currently operates between the hours of 6:38 AM and 6:15 PM Monday through Saturday within the Loveland city limits. COLT operates under an informal service philosophy that intends to provide as much service as possible throughout the community within existing resources in a safe and efficient manner. COLT serves a variety of transit users including adults, seniors and persons with disabilities, youth, and paratransit users.
The bicycle is an alternative to the automobile for many trips. It can also play an important role in helping the City to improve its air quality and to develop a more balanced transportation system. This element of Connecting Loveland identifies improvements to existing street and trail facilities that are presently suitable for bicycles and development of an expanded system of bicycle-friendly roads and trails for Loveland’s future. The current plan was developed based on the analysis of existing conditions, as well as input from Loveland’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee and recommends significant improvements to the existing bicycle system, including new roads with added bike lanes, improvements to existing roads without bike lanes, and a comprehensive commuter trail system to compliment the City’s recreational trails system and accommodate all modes of travel.
Similar to the Bicycle Plan, the Pedestrian Plan identifies pedestrian projects that provide connectivity, continuity, addresses safety problems, and also identifies access to schools. The current plan shows 153 pedestrian improvements that included construction of new sidewalks, filling in missing segments, intersection improvements and widening of existing sidewalks.
“The existing plans are full of good information, but the outcome of this effort -- “Connect Loveland” -- needs to be much bigger, a more forward looking document that focuses on Loveland, but includes regional commuting patterns, the needs of all age groups, and rapidly changing technology.” Dave Klockeman, City Project Manager
The updates will identify the existing systems and networks and future needs to guide policies and capital project development, prioritization and implementation.
Staff has already begun data gathering on current policies and plans, they will begin reviewing the current street, bike and pedestrian facilities as well as the transit network.
Public outreach will begin in the spring. A schedule of events will be posted in the near future.
- 2040 Transportation Plan
- 2040 Transit Master Plan
- 2040 Bike and Pedestrian Plan
For more information, please contact us.