Published: June 12, 2019

  Image result for folsom field dead and companyThe Dead & Company Concert (July 5th - 6th) is a two-day concert series staged at CU Boulder’s very own Folsom Field. When it comes to visiting Boulder and attending the concert, all fans should have the opportunity to choose the best transportation option for their concert experiences as possible while also making a positive impact on the environment. This resource is for concert attendees to learn about airport and hotel travel, vehicle options, and the best ways to navigate Boulder and the CU Boulder Campus. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boulder Travel

When visiting Boulder, it is important to note that the city provides convenient, safe bike and pedestrian paths and trails, making Boulder much more friendly for walking than for driving. Paths connect with sidewalks across town, from 29th street to every corner of the CU Boulder campus.

https://www.boulderdowntown.com/_files/images/tearoffmap_web.png

Downtown Boulder is made up of four streets running East to West, including the popular Pearl Street, a pedestrian mall rife with shops, cuisine, street performances, and friendly faces. The map above is a simple example of navigating downtown and includes a list of businesses and entertainment from Spruce Street to Broadway.

CU Boulder’s beautiful campus is also full of accessible sidewalks and is a hub for various bus routes. The interactive map for campus is below, and provides options for main campus (where Folsom Field is located) as well as options for parking, transportation, and handicap accessibility. The map link below will automatically have the pin set to Folsom Field.

https://www.colorado.edu/map?id=336#!ce/21218,2734?ct/0?mc/40.0105180179...

 

Preferred Transportation

The everyday choices you make to travel around Boulder, CU Boulder campus, Denver, and the airport produce lasting consequences for our planet. When deciding how best to travel from DIA to your hotel or from your hotel to the farmer's market, having the pros and cons around different forms of transportation is critical to being a sustainable Buff and making a positive difference.

 We all know that taking your own car to work is less clean than taking the bus, but how do rideshares fit into that equation, and how much pollution is produced by different types of transportation? According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, a single occupancy vehicle emits .96 pounds of C02 per passenger mile. A trip to work produces about .10 less than that, and a four-person carpool (such as an Uber Pool) produces .24 pounds of C02 per passenger mile. Compared to a bus ride, which produces .64 pounds of C02 per mile when there's average occupancy on board, using a rideshare program like Uber Pool is much friendlier for the earth. 

The distance from DIA to Denver's Union Station is 25 miles, meaning that an SOV will produce 24 pounds of C02 compared to an RTD ride of 16 pounds of C02. From Union station to CU Boulder is about the same distance. While an SOV may be convenient, it is best to take public transportation, which is comfortable, quick, and clean, or opt for a carpool, whether that's a rental car of a rideshare program. DIA to CU Boulder  is about 42 miles. Comparing a carpool to the SkyRide, the carpool is a better option (using the average occupancy for public transportation) with emmissions being 10.08 pounds of C02 for the carpool compared to the bus emmissions of 26.88 pounds of C02. 

At full capacity, public transportation is the best option for the environment, and is an easy system to use. The RTD (Regional Transportation District) bus system has over 9,000 stops in eight different counties of the Denver metro area. There are multiple times of schedules because there are several types of routes for the busses: local, regional, and DIA rides. Local fare is $3.00, regional is $5.25, and the SkyRide to and from DIA is $10.50. Riders ages 6-19 and 65+ receive special discounts where all fares are 50% off! 

Uber Pool from DIA to Union Station is around $11.00. An Uber Pool from DIA to CU Boulder is $19.97, while an UberXL (the most expensive option) is $55.75. With a four-person carpool producing about 10 pounds of C02 per passenger mile and an Uber Pool costing about 20 dollars, that may be the more affordable and the friendlier option for a concertgoer, although public transportation is always cleaner and cheaper than an SOV. With hectic and expensive parking in Boulder and on campus, rideshare programs and public transportation are friendlier options for short visits and weekend getaways. 

If you're looking for other commuting options besides vehicles and busses, Boulder offers a great bike-sharing program known as B-Cycle. 24 hours of rental costs $8.00 and is a great option for seeing the city. There are 47 stations with bikes readily available, both on campus and downtown. This program plus Boulder's great bike and walking path system makes it an environmentally friendly option and one that's easy on the wallet. No need to worry about parking, gas, or insurance with this alternative transportation method!

Reducing the amount of SOV's in town during the concert will keep traffic running smoothly and reduce emmissions. Denver already has a severe ozone problem, which both affects and is affected by Boulder traffic and air quality. Do your part, whether you're a Boulder regular or a visitor here for the concert, to keep Boulder green and support our planet. What kind of Buff will you be? 

 

For more information on the transportation options offered, please explore the links below:

https://boulder.bcycle.com

https://www.uber.com/global/en/airports/den/ (to estimate ride prices)

http://www.rtd-denver.com/bus.shtml

 

Parking Downtown

In Downtown Boulder, both street parking and garage parking are available to those commuting by car. There are differences in maximum parking, fees, and hours for the two options, so it is important to become familiar with them in order to have the best experience while downtown.

Over 3,700 street parking spaces are available surrounding Pearl Street.

In Downtown Boulder, both street parking and garage parking are available to those commuting by car. There are differences in maximum parking, fees, and hours for the two options, so it is important to become familiar with them in order to have the best experience while downtown.

Over 3,700 street parking spaces are available surrounding Pearl Street.

Monday through Friday: three hour maximum enforced 9am to 7pm. $1.25 an hour

Saturday: No maximum, but the $1.25 fee is enforced 9am to 7pm.

Sunday & City Holidays: free all day, no maximum.

 

Downtown, there are five parking garages and three surface lots available for use. Surface lots have the exact same restrictions and fees as street parking does. Parking garages are slightly different.

Monday through Friday: three hour maximum enforced 9am to 7pm. $1.25 an hour

Saturday, Sunday & City Holidays: free all day, no maximum.

On all days of the week, you must punch in a ticket to enter and exit a parking garage. On weekends, this ticket will not incur a charge. A lost ticket, even on weekends, will result in a $50.00 fee.

For more information on Boulder parking and a visual, interactive map of Pearl Street parking options, please visit https://www.boulderdowntown.com/visit/parking/parking-garages 

 

Campus Parking

Parking at CU Boulder is much more complicated than downtown options because all campus lots have different restrictions. Even during the summer, most lots require a lot permit to be able to park during regular hours Monday through Friday. Parking on campus is free from 5 pm to 7 pm everyday in most lots unless otherwise specified, and parking across campus is usually free Saturday and Sunday. Due to the complexity of the parking system and the strict requirements for permits, it is recommended that you park in boulder or take alternative transportation to campus, which is not only more convenient for concert goers, but friendlier for the environment. Below is a link to a map detailing parking on campus. The parking for main campus (first page) will be the most convenient and available for concertgoers. 

https://www.colorado.edu/pts/sites/default/files/attached-files/ucb_park...

There is also the opportunity to purchase parking specifically for the Dead & Co concert! General campus parking is available as well as parking in the Folsom Parking Garage. Access the following link and scroll to the 5th and 6th of July.

https://cuboulder.pmreserve.com/