Electric Trams for Sustainable Mobility
The City of Manitou Springs has recently acquired electric trams for use by residents, tourists, and downtown employees. These electric trams, wrapped in artwork created by a Manitou Springs artist, offer a clean and efficient mode of transportation, reducing the number of cars on the road and minimizing vehicle exhaust emissions. By prioritizing electric trams as a viable alternative to private vehicles, the City aims to improve air quality, alleviate traffic congestion, and enhance the overall transportation experience.
Expanding Bicycle Infrastructure and Parking
As part of its commitment to alternative transportation methods, the City of Manitou Springs continually works to expand bike routes, improve micro mobility options, and enhance bicycle parking facilities. These efforts aim to make cycling a prominent means of getting around the City. By providing safe and convenient infrastructure for bicycles, Manitou Springs encourages residents and visitors to choose sustainable transportation options.
Focus on Trail Expansion and Maintenance
The expansion and maintenance of trails play a crucial role in promoting sustainable transportation methods in Manitou Springs. By prioritizing the development and upkeep of trails, the City encourages walking, cycling, and other forms of non-motorized transportation. This focus on trail networks not only enhances connectivity within the community but also provides residents and visitors with safe and enjoyable routes for active transportation.
The tasks involve pruning trees and trimming vegetation to ensure the accessibility of all trail sections. The expansion of the Creek Walk Trail, spanning Manitou Springs, aims to provide a safer path for commuters and recreation enthusiasts. Collaborative efforts with esteemed trail maintenance organizations like Rocky Mountain Field Institute and Mile High Youth Corps, along with volunteers, focus on vital maintenance of the City’s soft-surface trails. This includes diverse projects such as constructing stairs, creating culverts, and restoring "social" trails. Additionally, responsibilities encompass the removal of mud and debris post heavy rain, as well as clearing snow and ice during winter from the trail system.
Introduction of E-bikes
Recognizing the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote emission-free modes of transportation, the Fire Department and Police Department have introduced electric bikes (E-bikes) to their fleets. These E-bikes enable firefighters, police officers, and other personnel to navigate parks and trails without producing harmful emissions. This shift to electric-powered bikes demonstrates the City's commitment to sustainable transportation while ensuring efficient and environmentally friendly operations of the plan marked an important milestone, endorsing the community's vision for transportation and mobility.
Mobility Hub at Hiawatha Gardens
To further promote non-motorized transportation and provide convenient options for sustainable mobility, the City of Manitou Springs has developed concept plans for a mobility hub at Hiawatha Gardens. This hub will serve as a central location that encourages the use of bicycles, walking, and other non-motorized modes of transportation. By providing amenities and infrastructure to support sustainable mobility, Manitou Springs aims to reduce car dependency and create a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly environment.
Remote Work and Virtual Interviews
In line with its sustainability goals, the City of Manitou Springs offers applicable staff the option to work remotely one day per week. This remote work policy reduces commuting-related emissions and promotes work-life balance for employees. Additionally, the City has embraced virtual interviews for job candidates, eliminating the need for travel and reducing gas emissions associated with the interview process. These initiatives demonstrate the City's commitment to reducing carbon footprint and embracing modern technology to foster a sustainable work environment.
Reservation System for the Manitou Incline
In 2020, the City of Manitou Springs entered into an agreement with the City of Colorado Springs to implement a reservation system for the popular Manitou Incline. This innovative approach highly encourages the use of shuttles, reducing the number of private cars coming into Manitou Springs during peak season usage. The implementation of the reservation system has successfully reduced approximately 1,000 cars per day during our peak season, contributing to reduced traffic congestion, improved air quality, and a more sustainable transportation model.
Wayfinding for Emission Reduction
The City of Manitou Springs has taken a proactive approach to reduce emissions associated with "cruising" - the act of driving around in search of parking spaces. To facilitate efficient parking and minimize unnecessary driving, the City has installed parking occupancy signs outside all parking lots and at each entrance to Manitou Springs. These signs provide real-time information on parking availability, allowing visitors to quickly locate parking spaces. Additionally, strategically placed wayfinding signs throughout the City guide individuals to parking areas, further reducing the need for excessive driving. An online map that updates with live parking occupancy data is also available to assist visitors in finding parking more efficiently.