Alternative Transportation

Goal

Increase the ability of Golden residents and visitors to travel to and through Golden using alternative transportation.

  • Reduce the community’s total Vehicle Miles Traveled by 15% in ten years.

How is Golden achieving these goals?

Reducing VMT

Odometer

VMT (Vehicle Miles Traveled) refers to all miles traveled by cars, trucks, and other similar motorized vehicles. The more vehicles on the road, the more pollution created and energy spent. Golden is committed to reducing that number.

Golden has set a goal to reduce the community’s overall VMT by 15% by the year 2017. This long-range goal will be achieved incrementally through encouragement of alternate modes of transportation such as walking, biking, bus, and light rail.

In 2007, the city-wide annual VMT was 486,000.

Exciting updates for Electric Vehicles

The state announced several exciting updates regarding electric cars during National Drive Electric Week, which took place Sept. 9 -17, 2017. One update is that nationwide Volkswagen settlement is close to being approved and will result in almost $69 million for Colorado. Opportunities for Golden in 2018 include grants for medium/heavy electric trucks for a city fleet, electric transit buses, and more funds for Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers. Did you know? Electric Vehicles use $1.16 of electricity vs $2.56 per gallon for gas vehicles. Denver has a target to purchase 300 Electric Vehicles by 2020. Aurora invested in a group purchase of Electric Vehicles for residents that resulted in an average price of $8,000 for a new Nissan Leaf. 17 vendors are vying to install Denver’s “smart streetlights” which are wifi-enabled and LED. Lastly, new DC (direct current) Supercharger stations (20 min charging) have been installed at REI and the Alliance Center, with more planned for the metro area.

Transit Services

The City of Golden has many public transit options including the West Rail Line light rail, Community Call-n-Ride bus system and RTD SkyRide. Learn more about each of these services and more by visiting the City of Golden Transit Services page.

 Zipcar

Zipcar JeepOn August 17, 2017, Zipcar announced a new partnership with the City of Golden to bring its car-sharing service to area residents, businesses, visitors and students. Located in city owned parking spots in the downtown Golden area, the two Zipcars – a Jeep Wrangler named “Javier” and a Ford Focus named “Shawshank”, are available by the hour or by the day. The addition of Zipcar in Golden represents another transportation option in the community, which is consistent with the City’s goals of providing more access to transportation options and reducing vehicle miles traveled. The vehicles are now available and can be reserved in seconds on Zipcar’s mobile app, online or over the phone.

For more information, visit www.cityofgolden.net/zipcar or www.zipcar.com or contact Katelyn Chesley, the Public Relations Manager at Zipcar at 617-336-4503 or kchesley@zipcar.com .

The Two-Wheeled Solution

Golden Bike Library

Golden Bike Library ShedThe Golden Bike Library is a bike share program, where visitors, residents, local employees and students can “check-out” a bike for a limited time for local use. The program runs through October and provides adult and children’s bikes through a check-out system at the Golden Visitor’s Center, 1010 Washington Ave. between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. The first two hours are free; those looking to rent for longer periods pay just $10 per day and may utilize a convenient key-drop box to return bikes after hours. For more information, visit www.GoldenBikeLibrary.com.

Bike To Work Day

Bike to Work DayWondering how you can help the environment and fit more exercise into your day? Join the City of Golden for the annual Bike to Work Day, encouraging everyone to try a different way of commuting. If you’ve never commuted by bike before, it’s the perfect time to try.

Restaurants and grocery stores around town offer a free breakfast to bicycle commuters, with music, information booths, free bicycle tune-ups and lots of freebies.

For more information, visit the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG).

RTD Ride Bike Facilities

Golden has added even more bike facilities for your RTD ride.

Do you commute to Boulder or Denver for work? Want to try RTD’s express routes but need to bike to your RTD bus stop?

Golden is making it even easier for bikers by improving the popular RTD stops at 10th Street and Washington Avenue. New bike storage areas now provide a secure location for your bike adjacent to the restrooms at Parfet Park. Bike to the bus stop and catch your express RTD ride to work today!

Want to learn how to take your bike on an RTD bus or light rail? Want to know about RTD bike storage? Learn more at www.rtd-denver.com.

Rideshare and Carpool Opportunities

My Way to Go

The Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) has a new and comprehensive tool to help you find alternative commuting options. It’s called My Way to Go. Just enter your starting point and destination, and it will give you maps of the best walking, biking, public transit, and driving routes in your area. It will also help you form carpool and vanpool networks by searching for friendly commuters near you who are going in your direction. Try it out at:

My way to go logoMy Way to Go includes the fantastic Guaranteed Ride Home program which offers free taxi rides to commuters using alternative transportation modes in the event of unforeseen circumstances such as family emergency, stolen vehicle, unexpected change in shift schedule, etc. This program is available to those whose employers provide RTD EcoPasses or who pay for a stand-alone membership to the program.

Additional Resources

Bike To Work Day
Commuting Options: Carpool, Vanpool, Schoolpool, Carshare
RTD Light Rail, West Line
RTD Call & Ride bus 
RTD Trip Planner

COG Mesa

 Golden was named after Thomas L. Golden,
a gold prospector who arrived in Jefferson County in 1858.

Additional Resources

City of Golden, Colorado
COG Mesa