Community Advisory Committee – May 29, 2024: Meeting Minutes, Active Transportation Plan TAC Workshop

DATE: April 22, 2024

RE: Active Transportation Plan

Attendees: Jason O’Brien (PPACG); Danelle Miller (PPACG); John Liosatos (PPACG); Ross Williams (El Paso County); Gayle Sturdivant; Todd (COS); Abha Dwivedy (Fountain); Scott Skinner (CDOT); Victoria Chavez; Lan Rao; Allison Burns; Becky Frank; Tara Evans; Jared Verner; Jessica Bechtel; Jeff Gutherie; Jeremiah Reichert; Ted Ritschard (Olsson); Kyle McLaughlin (Olsson); Jenna Friesen (Olsson)

Project # 023-03399


  1. Identifying Regional Trails, connections, etc.
    • The Rock Island Trail would be a great regional trail as there are currently large gaps in it. This would be an east-west corridor and would require a multi-jurisdiction effort.
    • We should prioritize on-street facilities only if they help make a key connection.
    • Comment regarding rural facilities: currently the rural roads do not have a designated shoulder. It would be nice to add a 6-8’ multi-use shoulder when doing road improvements in the future.
    • Briargate area is adding some 8’ wide sidewalks that could be used as part of a regional corridor. El Paso County has aligned their plan with some of those corridors with wide sidewalks in Briargate.
    • Fountain’s Plan is dated (2015) and would like to see some connections to the El Paso County facilities.
    • COS connection idea – connect the Midland and Foothills trails just west of US Highway 24. This would involve multiple jurisdictions.
    • Connecting the Homestead Trail to Rock Island trail at the drainage under Constitution Ave (west of Powers). There is currently a gap to the Rock Island trail.
    • Connect the trails north of Bluestem Prairie Open Space to the Fountain Creek Regional Trail.
  2. Poster Notes (Post-its) – Projects
    • El Paso County LRTP Projects
    • Homestead to Rock Island (east side of COS)
    • Midland Trail across US 24W to connect to Foothills Trail (E Ridge Rd)
    • La Foret completion and better connections under I-25 to the Santa Fe Trail/Pikes Peak Greenway.
    • Midland Trail
    • New trail system mapped/planned for area of new developments.
    • SW Springs (avoid 115)
    • Bluestem Prairie Open Space trail network to Sand Creek trail terminus.
  3. Output of Plan/List of Projects
    • Is it a prioritized List of Projects?
    • Is it a ranking or grouping of Projects?
      • COS thinking that it would be beneficial to group Projects by corridor since there are trail programs associated with trail corridors.
    • Group by Primary User? Corridor?
      • If the proposed Project meets the need of an active transportation corridor, then it should be given a higher ranking.
      • Look at Trailsheds (Ross Williams)
    • Organize Projects by Timeline/period.
      • CIP/TIP – Tier 1
      • LRTP Projects – Tier 2
      • Local Plans/no funding tied to Project – Tier 3
  4. Poster Notes (Post-its) – Grouping/Tiers
    • Grouping by Project type, Project benefit, and goals. Then expand on each of these (for example: safety, operations, capacity, etc.)
    • By corridor with a subgrouping of user type
    • Looking at top corridors and top missing links.
  5. Final Thoughts
    • Identify Priority corridors / this will be helpful for Project consideration.
    • Create a narrative for corridors and linkages.
    • Regional connectivity – the goal is to connect communities.
    • Need to understand the right connections between neighborhoods and employment centers.
  6. Olsson next steps:
    • Identify Project corridors (GIS)
      • Use existing Project GIS layers for identifying corridors.
        • LRTP Projects
        • Regional Non-Motorized Plan
        • Tri-County Active Transportation Projects
        • Local & county plans
      • Use a buffer analysis to determine coverage and gaps.
      • Map out Project corridors and send to Jason for reactions/review
      • Future considerations: create corridor snapshots with key information, similar to ConnectCOS