City Transportation Sustainability Projects and Programs
The City of Lafayette implemented a policy that states all light duty vehicles must be hybrid. The fleet currently has 12 hybrid vehicles and uses a biodiesel blend during winter and summer months.
Electric Vehicle Charging Station
The Lafayette Energy Sustainability Advisory Committee installed a 240-volt electric car charging station at the Lafayette Public Library. This station is free to the public and adds Lafayette to the map of municipalities and organizations installing EV charging stations for responsible energy usage. Read press release.
Employee Electric Bike Sharing Program
The Lafayette Energy Sustainability Advisory Committee purchased two electric bikes in 2012 to be utilized by City employees for short trips within the City. The goal is to reduce vehicle usage within the City. The bikes will also be used at educational events and for alternative transportation outreach.
Bike racks exist at all public facilities and schools to encourage alternative means of transportation. Additionally, the Lafayette Energy Sustainability Advisory Committee contributed funds for the purchase of two bike racks to be located at Waneka Lake for residents that ride to the park for community events, picnics, and other activities.
Street Design Standards
The City of Lafayette has street design standards that include bike lanes as part of the entire street design.
The City of Lafayette collaborates with RTD to ensure adequate and timely operation of bus schedules and routes within the City. The City encourages eco-pass participation by employers. Learn about the US 36 Flatiron Flyer bus rapid transit service launching in 2016.
Bike to Work Day
The City of Lafayette sponsors and supports a breakfast station to assist riders in the statewide Bike to Work Day. In addition to breakfast items, the station also includes a bike maintenance tent for those in need. Bike to Work Day is a federally funded event, with an impact of taking 25,000 or more vehicles off the road that day and allows local citizens to exercise and help reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality.
Safe Routes to Schools
The City of Lafayette advocates the 'Safe Routes to School' Program that is a statewide effort to increase the frequency of kids biking and walking to school safely in order to improve health, air quality and decrease traffic congestion. The City of Lafayette has worked in partnership with the Boulder Valley School District by providing local maps to BVSD and assisted with obtaining a $159,000 grant for the installation of solar school zone lights and solar pedestrian crosswalks at Lafayette, Ryan and Sanchez Elementary.