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In addition to the Pedestrian Spine acting as a primary organizing element, it is also the main sidewalk or pedestrian arterial running north south through the campus. This is augmented by the main east west arterial which is the residential walkway connecting the housing to the academic zone. This arterial splits at the College Union to feed both the north and south residential communities.
Landscape features to establish a particular scale to the pedestrian spines will improve their success. This may include paving patterns, canopy trees, and gathering spaces designed specific to each location.
Planned 8th Avenue improvements, before the campus entry, to improve bikeway and pedestrian access to campus will help provide a safe approach coming to campus. Once on campus, 8th Avenue will be closed to general use motorized vehicles at least during the day. A two block section will be a pedestrian walkway to allow safe passage of students and faculty between the residential neighborhood and the academic zone.
Mountain biking is extremely popular in the Durango community and amongst students especially. Dirt paths switchback along the terraces, providing access to campus by foot or bike. The pedestrian and bikeway plan connects with community trails and walks to provide the best possible access for a difficult site. A proposed above grade walk/path over the College Drive should provide improved access from the east. On-campus improvements will be necessary to complete the access up the eastern hillside.
There has been discussion of the potential to provide access from the community to the west and north via a lift system. Access points through the community may be difficult but the concept can be supported by the master plan if it ever becomes financially feasible.
The master plan goals and objectives include the promotion of alternative modes of transportation to reduce the use of single occupied vehicles.
Although handicap access is difficult due to the varying terrain on campus, the College has made accessibility a priority. Accessibile routes are available to almost all campus locations and each time a new facility is built, the accessibilty is a requirement.
Whenever possible, all connections, but particularly pedestrian and bicycle, should be improved between the Campus and the City. This promotes less dependency on the motorized vehicle.