The City of Fort Collins was awarded a Transportation Alternatives Program grant to design and construct the Pitkin Low-Stress Bikeway. Alta led the conceptual design and construction document elements of this project, which focused on intersection upgrades featuring median crossing islands and bicycle signals at arterial crossings, wayfinding, and minor striping improvements to create a comfortable, east-west bicycle route across the city.
The Pitkin Bikeway makes use of existing low-volume streets for approximately four miles. Alta employed sustainable measures to minimize impacts to existing infrastructure and facilities, to encourage increased trips by bike. Alta worked with the City through the public involvement process to determine the preferred design for intersection improvements across four major street crossings. The final “Toucan” design paired a right turn diverter with a median to prioritize non-motorized traffic. Alta conducted traffic analysis and performed signal design. The project was constructed in 2017 and a formal grand opening ceremony the following September gave the entire community an opportunity to celebrate the bikeway, which received national attention.
In 2016 and 2017, the City of Fort Collins added nine additional intersections to proceed into construction documents. Features included offset intersections, repurposing existing pedestrian signals, and implementing new signals.
Alta also completed construction documentation for the 2.1-mile Mulberry separated bike lane, restriping it from a 4-lane section to a 3-lane, with the addition of protected bike lanes as a pilot project over a year-long evaluation period, utilizing three different types of protection. This project includes one-way separated bike lanes on W Mulberry St and a short two-way separated cycle track linking to Poudre High School to provide a more comfortable bike route for students. In addition to the protected bike lanes, crossing improvements (including one new signal and one signal modification) for pedestrians and bikes were installed at two intersections along the nearly 2-mile corridor.