A Bicycle Friendlier Downtown Denver
New improvements since 2010:
- Bike lane extension on Welton Street from 14th to 19th
- Bike lane extension on Tremont from 15th to 13th, with sharrows added between 16th and 15th
- Bike lane on 13th from Welton to Tremont
- Buffered bicycle lane on Champa Street from 19th to the Cherry Creek Trail
- Two-way bike lane on Bannock Street south of Downtown Denver
- Cycle-track (grade-separated bike lane) on Bannock Street between 14th Avenue and Colfax
By the way, if you are wondering how the new Bannock Street cycle track will actually help you ride into Downtown Denver, please let me guide you to a little known bicycle facility in Downtown Denver! To enter the downtown bicycle network, bicyclists riding northbound on Bannock should cross Colfax and take an immediate right onto the sidewalk immediately adjacent to Colfax. Ride along the sidewalk (don’t worry – it’s legal here!) to 15th & Cleveland, where you can re-enter the street.
Improvements to be implemented by Spring 2012:
- Bicycle lane extension on on 19th from Market to Curtis
- Buffered bicycle lane on 15th from Cleveland to approximately Blake and sharrows from Blake to Wewatta
- Bicycle lane on 14th from Market to Colfax
In addition to the miles of bike lanes and sharrows that make Downtown Denver a safer and more pleasant place to a ride a bike through, there are approximately 600 inverted “U” racks that dot the sidewalks throughout the entire downtown area where you can park your bike. And if you don’t feel like riding to Downtown Denver, Denver B-cycle is available with 32 stations throughout Downtown Denver to check out a bike for short term use, like to run an errand or head across Downtown for a meeting.
So if you’ve typically found yourself saying that you’d never ride a bike through Downtown Denver, please think again, because the more streets we add lanes to, the fewer excuses you will have.