Denver Public Works is Paving the Way to Better Biking
2015 and 2016 were great years for bicycling in Denver.
The City opened its first parking-protected bikes lanes (PBLs) along Arapahoe and Lawrence Streets, improved key inter- sections in downtown, implemented Denver’s first “Green Wave” signal timing along 16th Ave., and added new on-street bike parking corrals. An emphasis on “new network connections” and “small changes for big impacts” has helped the City stretch funds across various projects. Bicycles are a great way to get around Denver and this article has all of the information you need to make the most of the new facilities.
➤ The Arapahoe and Lawrence St. PBLs were completed in December of 2015 and created an enhanced bicycle connection between Auraria Campus and 24th Street. These lanes are “parking protected”, using parking as a protective barrier between car traf- fic and people on bicycles. As you ride, you will also notice new transit islands, bike signals, and intersection improvements along these corridors. Denver’s new parking-protected bike lanes make it easier and safer for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds to ride their bikes in the downtown area.
➤ The Broadway/Lincoln Corridor Study has already moved through two phases. After an exceptional amount of public input, Denver is working on the design and installation of the publicly preferred alternative of add- ing a two-way, parking protected bike lane on the east side of Broadway that opened August 15th.
➤ New lanes installed along 11th St. and W 29th Ave. Numerous other projects are actively underway including another parking protected bike lane along 14th St., parking protected and buffered bike lanes along Champa and Stout streets, a protected bike lane on 14th Ave., and neighborhood bikeways on Denver’s quiet streets.
➤ Many intersections have also received enhancements to improve the user experience. The intersections at Wynkoop St. and 17th St. and Broad- way and 16th St. were reworked to decrease conflicts in these high-traffic areas. Several upcoming changes are planned for Champa St. and Down- ing St. at Martin Luther King Blvd., Knox Ct. and Alameda Ave. at Morrison Rd., and the 21st St. and Broadway intersections.
➤ The City and County of Denver also provided funds for new on-street bike parking corrals in high use areas. One corral was installed on Wynkoop St. near Union Station and another at the geographic center of Denver on Ellsworth Ave. next to Broadway. Busi- nesses should keep an eye out for this fall’s round of bike parking applications to see if they can add on-street corrals or inverted “U” racks in front of their storefronts.