Parking Renovations

Q

I was dismayed to see four more parking spots lost to "improvements" in the
front parking lot of Foothills Lab. With the construction of FL0, we have
now lost a significant number of parking spots while increasing the
workforce capacity on the FL campus. I agree with the goal of increasing
alternative transportation, but what steps are being taken other than the
disincentive of removing parking spots?

Answered on April 30, 2005

A

Parking lot renovations are required by the City of Boulder. The islands,
which are part of the improvements, are designed to reduce the heat
problems common in parking lots. In addition, parts of the parking lot are
being reconfigured and re-striped to provide more spaces. Although parking
is difficult during the construction of FL0, there will be more space
available once the building is completed and the contractor's equipment and
personnel vehicles are gone.

Question continued: Will there now be more bike racks in
front of FL2?

Response: We are looking into the acquisition and
placement of more bike racks.

Question continued: Will the NCAR shuttle add routes that
pass through central and north Boulder?

Response: Due to budget and time constraints, we are
unable to expand the shuttle system at this time to include the downtown
Boulder RTD station or north Boulder. The NCAR shuttle currently serves
central Boulder at Crossroads Mall (soon to be 29th Street) during peak
hours. We plan to continue serving the new 29th Street Mall so that riders
can transfer fairly easily to and from the surrounding bus routes,
including the Longmont Bolt, 205, 206, and HOP routes.

In the long term, the 30th and Pearl transit center, now in the planning
stages, will serve as the new shuttle stop. This will allow for easier
transfers from buses and, eventually, commuter rail. With improved bus
service to the new transit center, commuters transferring to the NCAR
shuttles will have even more options. For assistance with RTD/shuttle
connections or any other shuttle issue, please contact Jean Hancock at ext.
8504, or hancock@ucar.edu.

Question continued: Will UCAR start rewarding employees
who voluntarily give up the few remaining parking spots?

Response: UCAR will continue to urge all employees to use
alternative transportation and to provide RTD passes at no cost. As in the
past, there are no provisions for rewarding employees who use alternative
transportation.

Question continued: Will UCAR prohibit motorcycles from
taking designated automobile spots?

Response:  We will work with motorcyclists to ensure efficient use of
parking spaces. When security becomes aware of parking lot issues, whether
involving cars or motorcycles, it works with all employees to find
appropriate solutions. Since we do not have staff to patrol all parking
lots all the time, employees are urged to contact security at ext. 1139
when they observe problems.

Question continued: Will UCAR cut down more trees and pave
over prairie dog fields to the north and east?

Response: The prairie dog fields to the north and east are
not on our property. This space belongs to Boulder Open Space. It has
recently been determined that three to four cottonwood trees northwest of
FL1 will need to be cut down because they obstruct the view of a lidar
currently being used by EOL for a project that is measuring pollution
emissions over Foothills Parkway. After these trees are cut down, shorter
mature trees will be planted in their place. Any other treed areas on our
property must remain in order to comply with code regulations.

Answers provided by Steve Sadler, Safety and Site Services Director;
John Pereira, Maintenance and Engineering Director; Marion Hammond,
Facilities Project Manager; and Jean Hancock, Shuttle Services Supervisor.