People-friendly streets are about to get a big boost in Denver

by Jessica Vargas on January 16, 2020

Photo Credit: Bicycle Colorado

There is some exciting news on the mobility front: the City has announced they will be accelerating the buildout of the proposed bike network outlined in the Denver Moves: Bicycles plan. At the ambitious pace the City is planning on — 125 miles of new bikeways by 2023 — Denver would become a national leader for creating a connected bike network and better street conditions. Rather than the piecemeal installation of mostly disconnected bike infrastructure that the City has done in the past, this faster, more holistic approach will create a more usable system that appeals to people of all ages and abilities. And this isn’t just good news for people who bike, but for everyone who travels on Denver’s streets.

The City made the announcement in northwest Denver along W 35th Avenue, which is being turned into Denver’s first official Neighborhood Bikeway. Despite the bike-centric name, a neighborhood bikeway is actually a local street that prioritizes the safety, convenience, and comfort of people biking, walking, and rolling over vehicular through traffic. These streets will include a number of traffic calming elements intended to lower speeds and traffic volumes, resulting in more livable neighborhoods. 

We are excited that Mayor Hancock is stepping up to lead on this effort to deliver people-friendly streets, where everyone can get where they need to go safely. We know that safer streets save lives, so any street that’s designed to be safe for people walking and biking is a better street for all of us.

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