Photos: Top ten suggestions to make Denver a better bike city
For "On a Roll," our feature on cycling, we connected with many local bike advocates, who have a wide range of perspectives on what officials can do to make Denver a top urban center for biking. Concerns about the rise in bike-car collisions, and the sometimes fatal results, have pushed these ideas to the forefront. Here, we give you the top suggestions for bike improvements, courtesy of the most active cycling advocates in the city.
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As we outlined in our story, Denver's transformation into a more bike-friendly city is complex and not without growing pains. There are many pieces to the puzzle -- such as bike infrastructure, enforcement of laws, education efforts, changes in behavior and culture -- all of which city agencies and officials are discussing more frequently as accidents continue to raise the stakes.
We chatted with BikeDenver, the city's main advocacy group; the Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Committee, a volunteer group; Denver Bike Sharing, which owns and operates B-cycle, the citywide bike-sharing program; and other advocates and civic groups that focus on cycling.
First, we give you a top ten list, compiled from suggestions of the advocates. These are some of the top infrastructure changes they would like to see the city prioritize. Below that, we also have some more broader policy suggestions.
10. 18th and 19th Street build-out
Emily Snyder, the city's main bike planner, says that the Public Works Department is actively working on building out the 18th and 19th street bike routes, which would help improve the biking network in that part of downtown.
Google Maps 19th Street and Arapahoe (which has a bike lane).
9. Old trolley line roads
This suggestion from some B-cycle staff members is that the city consider bike infrastructure -- dedicated lanes, protected paths, boulevards separated for bikes -- on the wide, old trolley line roads in the city. This could help maximize space for bikes on these streets.
8. Improving 23rd Avenue bike route
Public Works' Snyder says she often hears concerns about 23rd Avenue, which is an important connection from Sloan's Lake to downtown -- and also one of the few places in Denver that has a hill.
Google Maps 23rd Avenue and Jefferson Park
John Hayden, chair of the Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Committee says improvements on this avenue would be important for connections around Jefferson Park, and Piep van Heuven, executive director of BikeDenver, also emphasizes that out toward Stapleton, better infrastructure would be beneficial on this path.
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