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"Pop-up" protected bike lane shows how concept would be good for Denver, activist says

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Last week's Bike to Work Day was a big success, with a large number of Denverites taking to two wheels rather than four. And those who peddled on a LoDo section of Wynkoop were greeted with something new -- a "pop-up" protected bike lane, which created a safety barrier between cars and cyclists.

The lane was only temporary, and it's now gone. But BikeDenver, one of the organizations behind the notion, would love for such lanes to become a familiar feature downtown -- and one's on the way.

"We're definitely fans of protected bike lanes," says Ryan McCann,BikeDenver's policy and outreach manager. "We actually helped advocate for a protected bike lane on 15th Street -- and we should have one in 2014."

The call for a protected bike lane on 15th Street received plenty of support, including from those who signed a Change.org petition that went live in March, complete with this photo showing a protected bike lane:

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That same month, the city agreed to the basic notion of a protected bike lane on 15th Street. Here's a Denver Public Works diagram of the plan, originally shared by Denver Urbanism:

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As Denver Urbanism points out, the plan isn't final, so this illustration is subject to change -- and McCann confirms that alterations in Denver's initial approach have already taken place.

"We weren't happy" with the first plans put forward by the city, "and we put our foot down," McCann reveals. "We thought it would be a fully protected bike lane" -- meaning one that used either bollards (the sort of posts typically used to reroute traffic) or more decorative items, like planters, to create a barrier between cyclists and drivers. "And we said we couldn't give our approval for it unless it was. Then we went to city council members and educated them about what protected bike lanes are and presented data showing that other cities have these and made arguments about the economic and safety benefits and the ability to increase ridership, which is something Denver is trying to do -- get more people on bicycles and not using their cars."

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Kathy Wedzik
Kathy Wedzik

in general, i like those bike lanes with the barriers to seperate the bikes from the vehicles because both the bikers and drivers tend to swerve into each others lane when those barriers aren't there. from florida.

Courtney Donaldson
Courtney Donaldson

Not until they obey the laws! Enforcement will contribute to a resolution... ESPECIALLY the speed limit!!!

Sergei Krivenkov
Sergei Krivenkov

No. What about 18th street, whats wrong with that bike lane? We have 18th St. for East-to-West, 14th St. for West-to-East (both through downtown). Then, 16th avenue takes you clear out to East High School from D-Town. What am I missing here?

Justin Cameron
Justin Cameron

Yes!!! When cyclists have greater access to protected lanes, less car/bike interaction will lead to less irresponsible cyclists.

Amy Lee
Amy Lee

What do we do with the bikers who aren't in the lanes? Will they learn to stop for red lights and stop running over me when I am LEGALLY crossing in a crosswalk??! -sigh- I apologize. I think the bike lanes are brilliant. I want more people riding and providing safe lanes would encourage it.

Joshua Thurmond
Joshua Thurmond

Yes, please. The current bike lane situation is not working. Being forced to choose between getting hit by an opening door or a passing car is not how I would define "bike friendly." Also, stop wasting time and effort ticketing cyclists unless they are truly being assholes. If ticketing is ultimately about public safety, please use the manpower to ticket drivers who have the real potential to kill.

Stacey Bloomfield
Stacey Bloomfield

What ever they do their should be some publicity about the fact that sidewalks are not bike lanes I'm tired of getting yelled at by bicyclists to get out of their way, especially when I have a small child with me.

Aaron LeForce
Aaron LeForce

Keep the fag cyclists from going thru 4 way stops and red lights w/out looking.

John Larson
John Larson

no!!!...get rid of these wastes of taxpayer dollars!!!

Russell Lott
Russell Lott

Denver should explore is to establish bike friendly streets across the city so people don't think that Colfax is the only street they should ride on.

lisegneer
lisegneer

Peddle = to sell

Pedal = to propel

hotbike
hotbike

I need to issue a Disclaimer at this point:

Disclaimer: As an Engineering Student, I endeavored to build an Electric Moped, and to do Market Research aimed at turning this Student Project into a small business. Certain Equipment found on Mopeds can be installed on Bicycles, to make Bicycles safer. These include, but are Not limited to the following: 1) Fairing-a Protective Shield on the front end of the Bike .  2) Headlights- Standard 12 volt type with rechargeable battery, for use at all times , day or night. 2b) Tail Lights, Marker Lights, and Blinkers, all running from the rechargeable battery. 3) Rear View Mirror  .

So, having test-marketed these devices, I have found that most Cyclists are cheap. Sorry, but you guys are a bunch of pinch-pennies. Do you really expect a Free Ride? 

The Fairing; like a Motorcycle Windshield , with 12 volt lights, and some crash protection built-in. It can be worked into the design of a Handlebar Basket. * It's a Protective Shield. Yet, it's where the Bicycle Helmet was in 1975. In 1975 , Bicycle Helmets cost $500.00 (on the East Coast). I took Mass Production to bring the cost down. It wasn't until 1986 that Bicycle Helmets became mandatory. Fiberglass, Kevlar, or Carbon Fiber, are possible materials for  a Bicycle Aerodynamic Fairing. But it looks like hand-laid fiber and resin are obsolete, the new generation of Fairings will be manufactured by 3D Printers, which take a spool of Plastic Monofilament, and  heat it, dot-by-dot, to shape it into any three dimension article. Tolerances are something like 3 one-thousandths of an inch.

Headlights; It costs about $400.00 to put a Motorcycle Grade Headlight on a Bicycle. People are going nuts trying to find a cheap, $100.00 Bicycle, and then they can't understand that the Accessories needed for it's proper use cost far more. 


*The Lycra crowd won't accept this safety protocol . On account that the Racing Rules of Cycling classify Fairings as "Cheating"! The Protective Shield will possibly allow the Bike to go faster. The fact is that the Bike would need a bigger gear to take advantage of the lowered wind resistance, more than the standard 52 teeth on the gear.

Joey Depue
Joey Depue

One of the best moments of my life came from cyclists tailgating me and a friend down cottonwood pass. We had to go slow to corner the pickup and cyclists were right on our ass. We hit a straight away and slammed on the brakes only to hear about 20 homos wreck into the tailgate. Lmao!! Oh and why do drivers think we own the road? Because we fucking do jackass! We pay to register our vehicles to drive on said roads, making me more of an owner than you and your ridiculous helmet and bicycle.

John Wiener
John Wiener

Why do bike riders have to dress up like Lance Armstrong every time they go for a ride in some faggedy, nuthugging spandex? Seriously. I don't put on a Michael Jordan Bulls uniform every time I shoot some hoops.

John Wiener
John Wiener

"when they sensibly apply to riders". If you want the same treatment as drivers, you have to follow the same laws. Just because a light's red, and it doesn't "sensibly apply to me" (perhaps it's 2 am) doesn't mean that I'm allowed to run it.

Joey Depue
Joey Depue

No because the faggot riders wont stay there anyways.

John Riecke
John Riecke

Would love to see more protected lanes. Thanks for the guerrilla works, guys :)

d.cavallari
d.cavallari

Drivers should be rejoicing over this! Isolated bike lanes solve so many problems for cyclists and motorists. 

Kevin Disney
Kevin Disney

I like the assumptions that all the "negative" cyclist comments are from drivers. Not so.

Shelia Canfield-Jones
Shelia Canfield-Jones

now if that bike isn't there isn't that my turn lane rather confusing don't you think???? so the bike has the right of way if you want to make a right hand turn? Very confusing.

Tom Russell
Tom Russell

Yes, these save lives. I'm in Copenhagen right now, which is a bicyclist's paradise.

Steve Dibs
Steve Dibs

as someone who drives and bikes, I must say these driver comments are quite ignorant, convenience is always #1, which is another downfall of our society, develop the light rail, develop bike lanes, less drivers = less traffic. It's funny that drivers act like they are superior to cyclists and the roads are strictly for them, roads are for people no matter the means of transportation.

Syd Tastic
Syd Tastic

Yes! It would protect cyclists from cars and pedestrians from cyclists who would no longer have an excuse to use the sidewalks.

Laura Baker
Laura Baker

It sucks that all the comments so far are from drivers. I don't own a car and I bike all over central Denver. I generally choose streets with slower traffic (I would never ride on Broadway, Speer, University, etc) and I obey traffic laws when they sensibly apply to bikers too, like traffic lights. I never ride on sidewalks because that's illegal for bikers, for one thing, and it makes them less safe for pedestrians, the people for which sidewalks were designed. We all need to be patient, kind and thoughtful in regards to the other PEOPLE with whom we share our beautiful city.

Naomi Wolinsky
Naomi Wolinsky

Our streets are too narrow for cars & bikes. I can't stand bikers on the roads here in Denver, & I am totally pro biking. Dangerous, dangerous, dangerous. They slow traffic down to a crawl because it isn't safe to pass them.

ABL123
ABL123

WOW. I find the fact that a guy who is willing to risk killing another human being with a stunt like the one you've described (which can and HAS killed cyclists in the past), and yet also has JC as your avatar is terribly ironic.  Would you have been laughing if someone had been seriously injured or died as a result of your ridiculous maneuver?  On what planet does this behavior make sense?  I'm presuming you were just feeling totally inadequate because the cyclists were fit enough to go fast enough to keep up with your redneck-mobile. 

Oh, and by the way, WE DO ALL OWN THE ROAD.  Your vehicle registration fees aren't the only thing that goes to maintain the roadways, dummy. Property taxes and wage taxes contribute to infrastructure maintenance too.  Look it up.  I have.

PS... Drive carefully.  I'd bet you won't be laughing your @$$ off from your jail cell the next time you pull a stunt like that and actually end up hurting someone.  Moron.

GuestWho
GuestWho topcommenter

@Joey Depue   "cyclists were right on our ass. We hit a straight away and slammed on the brakes only to hear about 20 homos wreck into the tailgate."  Sounds like you really enjoyed coercing 20 men to ram themselves hard into your tail.  Parade on JD.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Joey Depue  ... No More Free Rides for Bicyclists!

It's time for MANDATORY Bicycle Registration for all who use Public Roadways!

Mandatory Bike License Plates so that Scofflaws can be readily identified.

Mandatory Bicyclist Licensing for all who use Public Roadways.

Mandatory Liability Insurance for all bikes that ride on Public Roadways!

Same as ALL OTHER Vehicles / Operators that use Public Roadways!

No More Free Rides for Whiny Bikers!


dave_in_baker
dave_in_baker

how many miles of cars lanes for cars do we have already?  yet we keep building more highways.

JimTom
JimTom

@Laura Baker "I obey traffic laws when they sensibly apply to bikers too, like traffic lights." So you only obey the trafiic laws when they are convient for you. Typical biker.

amyberit
amyberit

@Naomi Wolinsky Traffic is already crawling in Denver because there are too many cars with single motorists inside them.  In downtown, cyclists can ride just as fast as traffic will allow, often catching up with drivers who speed past to hurry up and get to that next red light.  One more bike = one less car on the road.  Sounds good to me!

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@ABL123 Strong post, ABL123. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

JimTom
JimTom

@ABL123 just the obvious, they are a traffic hazard. Duh

JimTom
JimTom

@michael.roberts I will take care of it DH, pandering fluff. It's like a human centiped, bikers with there heads up your ass, you with your head up the Mayors ass.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@GuestWho ... they are required by law to have Motorized Bicycle Registration stickers, about the size of a business card with a unique registration number, displayed on the back of the scooter.

The best part is these lightweight slow moving -- 30mph or less -- scooters are PROBIBITED from operating on Roads that have speed limits of 40mph or higher, to eliminate the inevitable obstruction of traffic they would cause. SAME should be required of bikes.

Bikers should be required to wear a giant number on their spandex jerseys -- front and rear -- so they can be easily identified when they break the law.


GuestWho
GuestWho topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay   Even better...except that mopeds don't have license plates.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@GuestWho ... or Mopeds! 

             *** Regulation Works! ***

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