105 West Fifth Street
Loveland, CO 80537
Buffered Bike Lanes
What is a buffered bike lane? It is a conventional bicycle lane paired with a designated buffer space separating the bike lane from the adjacent vehicle travel lane. The City recently installed this type of roadway improvement on Wilson Avenue from Eisenhower Blvd. north to 50th Street and on Boise Avenue from 1st Street north to 37th Street. The goal is to improve safety for all roadway users. Buffered bike lanes increase predictability of bicyclists by defining their path. The additional pavement markings used to create the buffer area create shy space between vehicles and bicycles and make the bicycle lane more visible/noticeable. When a buffered bike lane is added to a roadway, the distance between a sidewalk and moving traffic is increased. Buffered bike lanes were added to Wilson Avenue and Boise Avenue in tandem with the City’s 2019 Street Resurfacing Program. Adding this type of improvement is a significant enhancement to the City’s on-street bicycle network, as Wilson and Boise Avenues are safer north-south alternatives to US Hwy 287 and Taft Avenue.
School Zone Times
Flashing school zones in the City of Loveland reduce the speed limit to 20-mph while the flashing yellow beacons are operating. Please slow down while driving through these zones and look out for school children crossing the street! Please contact the Traffic Division at (970) 962-2535 with questions.
Rectangular Rapid-Flash Beacons (RRFBs)
Colorado law is specific in safeguarding the rights of pedestrians. Red-and-yellow signs spell it out succinctly for drivers: “STATE LAW – YIELD to pedestrians in crosswalk.”
However, compliance with the law is low, with fewer than one out of five drivers yielding to pedestrians who step into a marked crosswalk.
In an effort to increase compliance, the City has installed devices called Rectangular Rapid-Flash Beacons (RRFBs) in ten locations around the city. These yellow, flashing LED lights are activated by pedestrians at the push of a button, alerting motorists with attention-demanding light and color.
Federal Highway Administration safety studies show that the rate at which drivers yield climbed from only 17 percent from a painted crosswalk, to a safer 81 percent where RRFBs are installed.
In other words, four out of five drivers yield to crossing pedestrians at the beacons. In our efforts to achieve 100% compliance, there is still more work to be done:
For drivers: Be alert, stop for pedestrians when the beacons flash, and proceed only when the crosswalk is clear.
For pedestrians: Be wary, and wait until all traffic stops, and look both ways before crossing. Do not assume pushing the button that starts the flashers will automatically stop traffic flow.
Traffic Calming Program
- High traffic volumes
- Cut-thru traffic
- Safety concerns
Streets classified as residential or minor collector quality for this program. Larger, arterial streets do not.
Flashing Yellow Arrows
The City of Loveland and other jurisdictions across the nation have been updating select traffic signals with flashing yellow arrows.
These new traffic signal displays are designated to help drivers understand
- When they have the right-of-way; and
- When they need to yield to oncoming traffic.
When you are turning left and see a flashing yellow arrow, the traffic coming toward you has a green light (the right-of-way) and pedestrians may have a "walk" signal. You must YIELD to these potential conflicts:
- Oncoming through traffic and bicyclists;
- Oncoming right turn traffic; and
- Pedestrians in the crosswalk.