The Town of Windsor 2019 Transportation Master Plan identified two areas as key corridors in need of enhanced safety and mobility for people driving, walking and biking. Efforts began in August 2020 to further research and collect public feedback on Windsor’s 7th Street and Walnut Street corridors and early findings will be presented to Windsor’s Town Board during their Monday night work session. During the meeting, board members will review existing conditions, consider potential goals, and get an overview of potential design options.
The overarching goal? Improve safety and mobility in both corridors.
As determined during the Transportation Master Planning process, Windsor’s 7th Street corridor has a disproportionate share of vehicle crashes—7.5% of all crashes in Windsor happen in this corridor. It’s a key transportation route, serving both regional commuters and local residents by linking multiple neighborhoods, schools, recreational amenities including the Poudre River Trail, and Downtown Windsor. The 7th Street corridor is also heavily used by school children and features bus stops for the new Poudre Express route between the University of Northern Colorado and Colorado State University.
The Transportation Master Plan also identified a network of potential low-stress bicycle routes aimed at providing a comfortable safe, experience for users of all ages and abilities. Both 7th Street and Walnut Street were identified as parts of the bicycle network in need of improvements. Walnut Street was identified because it’s a key east-west route that provides an alternative to Main Street/Highway 392 as a way to access downtown and community amenities such as Windsor Lake. The current planning process is aimed at further identifying key improvements that would truly make this corridor a low-stress bicycle route.
According to Senior Planning Paul Hornbeck, “We’re still gathering feedback from the community so our hope is to make as many Windsor residents and those who commute using these routes to and from areas of Windsor and from Greeley and Fort Collins aware of our efforts. The only way to make this project successful is to learn from those who travel these streets each day.”
The first few community meetings were well-attended and additional project input will be collected in December. The Town of Windsor has additional information about each corridor on its virtual engagement platform windsorgov.com/projectconnect, a site that also allows the public to submit their ideas and opinions. Input gathering and design are expected to be completed by Spring of 2021.