RiNo group to study transportation and parking options as art district continues to change

The program is a partnership with Denver Public Works Department and the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (NDCC), and is expected to run through August.

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The view from the Source Hotel on Brighton Boulevard, Dec. 12, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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The view from the Source Hotel on Brighton Boulevard, Dec. 12, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The RiNo Business Improvement District announced Tuesday the immediate launch of a mobility and parking study aimed at making it easier to get around on the art district’s streets.

The program, called RiNo MAPS, is a partnership with Denver Public Works Department and the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (NDCC), and is expected to run through August.

“This is an opportunity to ensure the streets in River North work for people,” RiNo BID Board Chair Justin Croft said in a statement. “Our streets should be places and not just thoroughfares, where bicyclists and pedestrians are welcome and safe as they traverse the district, interacting with each other and the diverse businesses that call RiNo home. We’ll also focus on highly efficient parking that can be flexible over time as mode-share changes.”

The idea first surfaced back in August of last year.

“We realize we’ve kind of reached a critical point on this. The tension’s starting to build with more people, more construction,” Jamie Licko, president of the River North Art District, told Denverite at the time.

Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates, which lead the planning process for the city of Denver’s transit plan in 2016, will direct the study. It’ll start with an analysis of the current conditions as well as future demands, and eventually offer strategies for improvement.

A press release says RiNo MAPS will involve residents and visitors “in unique, interactive ways” that includes a meeting and scavenger hunt in June. Updates on when and how to participate in the study will be posted at rinoartdistrict.org and on RiNo Art District social channels.