If you go
What: Public meeting on Cottonwood Trail/Jay Road/Spine Road trail connection
When: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m Wednesday
Where: Celestial Seasonings Cafe, 4600 Sleepytime Drive, Gunbarrel
More info: bouldercounty.org
Boulder County is holding a public meeting in Gunbarrel from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to discuss options for multi-use path connections between the Longmont-to-Boulder Trail at Spine Road and the Cottonwood Trail at Jay Road.
The meeting will be at the Celestial Seasonings Cafe at 4600 Sleepytime Drive.
The trail connection is currently on the shoulder of Jay Road and a narrow bike lane on Spine Road.
Jay Road is a main transit route between Boulder and Gunbarrel, has some of the highest numbers of vehicle-bicycle crashes of any unincorporated county road.
The open house is only to discuss the trail connection, not the changes to Jay Road itself. There will be multiple opportunities for input from the public.
The first meeting was held on April 10, where five options were presented. Meeting details can be viewed on the Boulder County Roads & Transportation website.
According to the Boulder County Transportation Department, between 2006 and 2018, two-thirds of vehicle-bicycle crashes on Jay Road were the result of conflicts between turning vehicles and cyclists traveling straight.
Several safety improvements are being made to Jay Road this summer, including separating the travel lane from the shoulder and applying green paint to the shoulder to make it more visible.
Two bicyclists have been killed on Jay Road after being struck by drivers in the past two years, although neither cyclist was hit on the stretch of Jay Road that is being studied.
Gunbarrel resident Jesse Green was struck and killed by a car in March at the intersection of Jay Road and 63rd Avenue, and Boulder resident Bill Davis was struck and killed by a drunk driver in 2016 at Jay Road and 30th Street.
The Jay Road Connections Project will select an off-street multi-use path to be constructed that will be safer for pedestrians and cyclists. Regional trails planner Matt Wempe said that the connection is "something we've really seen support for," both before and during the project.
An alternative study will be complete by this fall, and once it is finished, the final design and funding sources will be identified.
The transportation department is hosting the open house for the public to provide its input and review drafts of the preferred alignments.