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.

The Two-Wheeled Solution

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

 Did You Know?
Golden was originally chosen as the territorial capital of Colorado in 1862.

Additional Resources

City of Golden, Colorado
COG Mesa