One more year for #BikesOnBroadway!

by Jessica Vargas on December 15, 2016

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Good news for everyone who walks and bikes on the South Broadway Corridor! Four months ago, Denver Public Works installed a pilot two-way protected bike path along Broadway between Bayaud and Virginia Avenues to test the effects of this design on safety and movement through the corridor as part of the Denver Moves Broadway Plan.  The department announced yesterday that the bike path will remain open through the end of 2017 after preliminary data found that the bikeway had positive impacts on safety:

  • “I feel safer” was the #1 survey response from people walking and biking in the study area.
  • People are now riding bikes in the bikeway. There has been a 30% reduction in sidewalk-riding and a 28% reduction of bikes in the transit lane.
  • People in cars and buses are still using Broadway to reach their destinations, utilizing three travel lanes instead of four.
  • 62% of people responding to city’s online survey said they liked the Broadway bikeway and support extending it to downtown.

Back in October, WalkDenver, Walk2Connect, and Transit Alliance participated in a Bikes on Broadway Walking Tour that highlighted how the bikeway not only improves bicycle access to the corridor but also enhances the pedestrian environment. By separating the sidewalk from the parking lane, the bikeway provides a greater buffer between the sidewalk and vehicle traffic, making a walk along Broadway safer and more comfortable. Denver Senior City Planner Dan Raine joined us to talk about the planning, design, and methodology involved with the bikeway. We were also joined by Dan Cohen of D4 Urban and Denizen Apartments to talk about how transit-oriented development connects to walking and biking in the area.

In February 2017, Denver Public Works is scheduled to release a report about the data collected so far and the department will continue data collection and public outreach over the next year that the bikeway is in place. You can provide feedback about your own experience in the Broadway bikeway through the online survey. As we reported when the new lanes opened back in August, the bikeway demonstrates potential design changes that would help bring Denver closer to achieving Vision Zero if they were implemented on a wider scale. We are excited that mobility options are being expanded on South Broadway and look forward to another year of #BikesOnBroadway!

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