Electrifying Transportation

Municipal Fleet Electric Vehicle Master Plan

The City of Golden recently completed a draft of a Municipal Electric Vehicle Master Plan pdf download which outlines a phased approach to meet 100% of the City’s fleet for electrification by 2030 and adopt an “EV First” philosophy for new vehicles while electrifying other vehicles as expeditiously as practicable. The Plan is a strategic guide to assist the City of Golden in preparing for and implementing actions that support increased use of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) in municipal operations. This Plan is an employee-led effort that requires supportive planning, partnerships, policies, infrastructure development and education. This Plan is a tool for the municipal government of Golden to investigate the actions that it can take to support EV adoption in the organization. While the draft Plan is publicly available, it is an internal planning document and the strategies are designed to be primarily within the control of, and led by, City departments.

The City aims to be a local leader in electrifying transportation and this Plan outlines how to achieve that goal for the organization. It was developed in coordination with internal and external stakeholders and includes a vision and defined roles for City departments. The Plan is only one piece of a larger strategy to create a roadmap for electrifying transportation in the Golden community.

Spotlight on Sustainable Travel

In an effort to share aspects of sustainability that most impact Golden residents, the Community Sustainability Advisory Board began the Spotlight on Sustainability series in early 2021. Enjoy a 20-minute presentation by former Golden Mayor and current RTD Board of Directors member Marjorie Sloan, about RTD’s recent efforts and how they can impact Golden’s Sustainability goals.

9 FREE Electric Vehicles Charging Stations Now Available

Made possible by the Charge Ahead Colorado grant program, Golden has installed 9 dual port electric vehicle charging stations across Golden so residents and visitors can enjoy local attractions or businesses while charging for free. In 2020 alone, these 9 charging stations saved an estimated 6,546 gallons of gasoline and 48,297 pounds of greenhouse gasses. For a complete list of charging stations and other alternative fuel options in Golden, check out the Department of Energy’s Alternative Fueling Station Locator.

Golden Passes “GoEV” Resolution Committing to 100% Electric Transportation

At the December 10th meeting, Golden City Council adopted Resolution No. 2771 with recommendation from the Community Sustainability Advisory Board, declaring Golden a GoEV City and pledging to electrify the transportation sector. The 100% electrified transportation target was previously adopted by Golden in 2019 as part of the current sustainability goals, and Golden joins Boulder CountyDenverSummit County, and City of Boulder in this commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce air pollution. Resolution No. 2771 seeks to break down the City’s 2030 and 2050 goals into a course of individual action items- including the improvement of EV charging infastructure, formation of partnerships, and creation of a municipal fleet electrification plan.

Reducing VMT


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 through the encouragement of alternate modes of transportation such as walking, biking, bus, and light rail.

Transit Services

The City of Golden has many public transit options including the West Rail Line light rail, FlexRide bus system and RTD SkyRide. Learn more about each of these services and more by visiting the City of Golden Mobility Options pages.


Zipcar Jeep Zipcar has partnered 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. Find local breakfast stations along your route at Biketoworkday.us.

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 & 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 FlexRide 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
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