Transportation is defined as public and private vehicular and active transportation.
Wheat Ridge's primary transportation challenges include increasing residents’ transportation options, keeping those transportation routes safe, determining affordable methods for maintaining those routes, and improving accessibility for all residents in a car-centric community.
Investing around existing transit infrastructure—commonly referred to as Transit-Oriented Development (TOD)—helps to create vibrant neighborhoods with increased transit ridership.
Mixed-use development is often employed to redevelop older commercial corridors with a mix of housing, recreational and commercial activities, enabling people to live, work and play all in the same area. These communities are credited with:
- Reducing commute times
- Alleviating congestion
- Creating equitable conditions
- Improving property values.
A variety of transportation choices results in faster, safer, healthier, and less stressful journeys as well as reduced noise, air pollution, and carbon dioxide emissions. Short journey times and less congestion equal increased economic productivity for the City.
Sustainable Wheat Ridge (SWR) identified the following goals for the Transportation focus area in the action plan:
- Maximize development that substantially incorporates mixed-use considerations and efficient transportation
- Increase use of multimodal transportation choices
- Increase traveler safety and environmental quality.
Transportation goals consider that streets and developments designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities, will increase access to local businesses in Wheat Ridge commercial corridors and business districts.
Ensuring that businesses, services, and recreation are accessible to all residents regardless of ability establishes Wheat Ridge as a city that values equity.
SWR Action Plan | Transportation content on page 29
Wheat Ridge has an engaging and active bike and pedestrian master plan. Read about it and get involved.
The G Line started running April 26, 2019! You can now ride light rail from the Ward Road Station in Wheat Ridge to the Denver Union Station with several stops along the way: Old Town Arvada, 60th and Sheridan, Clear Creek and Federal, and Pecos Junction.
Stay tuned for exciting upcoming projects later this Spring, Summer and Fall!
Ways You Can Help Wheat Ridge Meet Transportation Goals
- Walk instead of drive short distances
- Ride your bicycle: Google Maps has a bicycle travel option, or talk to your local bike shop about best bicycle routes around your neighborhood
- Take public transportation: plan your trip through RTD’s Trip Planner
- When driving, combine trips or travel during non-peak traffic times
- Go places with friends and neighbors by carpooling.