More multimodal options are coming to southeast Denver

by Jessica Vargas on October 4, 2018

Denver Public Works recently added a new buffered bike lane to Monaco Parkway, Princeton Avenue, and Ulster Street in southeast Denver, creating an important connection to existing bike lanes and transit. When it comes to increasing multimodal options, it seems like southeast neighborhoods often get left out of the conversation due to a misconception that everyone who lives there can and wants to drive everywhere

Streets are public spaces and as Denver grows, we must ensure that all parts of the city are accessible by modes other than just personal cars. Helping people choose transportation options other than driving alone can result in numerous benefits for our city like cleaner air, better public health outcomes, lower household transportation costs, more inclusive communities, thriving local business districts, and safer streets for everyone.

Show your support for the Southmoor Park bike lanes!

Councilwoman Kendra Black is hosting an informational meeting to get feedback on the new and upcoming bike lanes. Executive Director of Public Works Eulois Cleckley and project engineers will be available to answer questions. In addition to showing your support for the new bike lanes at the meeting, you can also send questions and comments to pw.comms@denvergov.org.

Wednesday, October 24, 4:30-5:30 PM
TJHS Cafeteria (3950 S Holly St)

How to travel on the Southmoor Park bike lanes

With the addition of the new bike lane, we’ve heard that the markings can be unclear and confusing. Here are some FAQs and answers to eliminate confusion and increase safety:

  • What is a buffered bike lane? A buffered bike lane has an additional painted buffer area next to the cycling lane to create more space between cyclists and motorized vehicles. The buffer area is designated by white hash marks between 2 white parallel lines. View examples of buffered bike lanes.
  • What do the green lines in DTC mean? Green horizontal markings in the bike lane indicate where a cyclist should ride while crossing through an intersection, driveway, or other curb cut. They are used in high traffic areas to advise drivers to use extra caution and slow down if necessary to allow the cyclists in the lane to ride through before driving across the bike lane to exit or turn off the roadway.
  • How does a driver cross a bike lane to make a turn? “Mixing Zones” are areas where the bike lane lines turn to dashed lines to show drivers where they can cross over the bike lane to prepare for a right turn. If there’s a bicyclist using the lane, drivers should allow them to roll through before moving to the turn lane.
  • Where do northbound cyclists go once the bike lane ends near the Southmoor Station? One good option is to turn right at Southmoor Elementary and head to Oneida where there is a safe way to cross Hampden. Public Works engineers are working to improve this connection.

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