Auto-centered development has limited the capacity of urban areas in Colorado to absorb growth and has often reduced livability. Multi-modal transportation systems meet consumer demand, advance new company recruitment, reduce household expenses, and provide access to education, jobs, and community facilities for those unable to drive a car. Active transportation options also generate air and water quality improvements, and can provide health benefits for users. Development of improved infrastructure for multi-modal access is a fast-growing field nationally, and Colorado is at the forefront of innovation in many areas. Diverse groups (downtown advocates, developers, transit and community advocates, and economic development interests) are all looking for ways to support better transit, bicycle, and pedestrian infrastructure.
The Multi-Modal Access and Infrastructure program area supports efforts to build transportation systems that allow residents to move safely, efficiently, and affordably, using a variety of mobility options including walking, biking, smart vehicles, shared usage, and transit. The Foundation focuses on transportation infrastructure that also fosters successful placemaking and community development, such as enhanced sidewalk spaces, safe pathways to schools and community facilities, affordable transit oriented development, and regional trails and trail connections.