We’re working to make Denver a benchmark city for riding a bike, in Colorado and around the nation. We believe that when Denver leads the way on bicycle-friendly policy, planning, infrastructure and education, all of Colorado benefits. Through our Bike Denver Initiative, we’re making that a reality.
As of May 13, BikeDenver’s executive director, James Waddell, is joining Bicycle Colorado as mobility programs director.
Bicycle Colorado and BikeDenver have worked together closely for many years—BikeDenver’s work began nearly 20 years ago when Bicycle Colorado’s leadership foresaw how active local voices in the state’s capital can transform bicycling. Today’s merger consolidates the two groups’ statewide and local efforts under one roof, and strengthens the voice of bicyclists across Colorado.
Since 2015, we’ve led a successful campaign of bicycle programming and advocacy in Denver. Going forward, the campaign will expand as the Bike Denver Initiative, while we will continue to work locally around the state and in the Capitol with renewed influence and momentum to raise Denver’s stature in Colorado and around the nation as a benchmark community for bicyclists.
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James Waddell, mobility programs director, left, and Pete Piccolo, executive director.
Get ready for eight new high-comfort bikeways funded by the 2017 Elevate Denver General Obligation (GO) Bond. Denver bike advocates fought hard to secure $18 million in the Bond for citywide bike lanes, and these projects are the first to roll out!
Now it is time to get involved and speak up to ask for a great protected bike lane design. Denver Public Works’ bike lane project planning teams will be taking your feedback—and the feedback of your neighbors—into consideration this April and May. It’s important that your voice is heard and that you ask for the highest level of protection and the design elements you want to see. With your help, we can make sure that concerns about parking don’t take precedence and water down the designs.
Quality protected bike lanes don’t happen by accident, they are created when people like you show up and speak up every step of the way.
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Bicycle Colorado formed and leads the Denver Streets Partnership (DSP), a group of nonprofit organizations advocating to fund, build and maintain a complete, active transportation system. Denver’s infrastructure to walk and bike safely has been neglected for years. Though funding has significantly increased in the past two years, it will still take more than 100 years to build complete sidewalk and bike lane networks.
We want to make commuting in the Denver area as easy as can be. Our new Active Bike Corridor (ABC) program aims to increase rides into and around Denver using six key bike corridors and a whole lot of local partners and community engagement to get more people out riding more often. Routes were sourced to activate communities surrounding the city core with input from Denver Regional Council of Government (DRCOG), Strava and Denver Public Works, and it is made possible with Transportation Demand Management Set-aside funding.
Enjoy Friday group commuter rides, family and youth rides and classes in confident commuting, basic bike maintenance and more. Contact ABC Program Manager Ashley Russell at email@example.com to start your adventure!
Our new navigator program, led by mobility program director James Waddell, connects new riders to more experienced bike commuters around central Denver. You can think of it as a “bike-hailing” service for people interested in riding but who’d like an assist in getting started.
Once the program has launched, people who want to ride more can request a navigator to show up and help them take a local bike trip – to work or school, park or grocery store! The navigator program is made possible with Transportation Demand Management Set-aside funding.
Want to learn more? Email mobility program director James Waddell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the bond-funded protected bike lanes we mentioned above, Denver Public Works has a slate of 9 bike lanes they’ll roll out this year to add 16 new miles of lanes. Highlights include the W. 35th and Knox Court neighborhood bikeways that will give a good advance look at Denver’s planned neighborhood bikeway designs, and new buffered lanes on Martin Luther King and Syracuse.
We’ve been involved in supporting the Broadway two-way protected lane since 2015, when Denver began planning a pilot project along a six block stretch.
How? We organized partners to participate in a “Bikes on Broadway” (now “Better Broadway”) campaign to support the pilot project during its study period, and worked to educate business owners, media and the general public about the benefits of protected bike lanes on arterials. Now, Colorado’s first multi-block, two-way bike lane is expanding and is currently being designed to stretch from I-25 to the Cherry Creek Trail. Plan to come out and ride it as early as 2020!
In March 2018, we launched Things in the Bike Lane, a collaborative effort with BikeDenver to raise public awareness about regular safety issues within bike lanes in Denver.
The campaign, which crowdsourced documentation of bike lane obstructions, ran through early 2019. In that time, more than 2,000 submissions were published to www.thingsinbikelanesdenver.com, ranging from portapotties to plastic cups to potholes to, you guessed it, cars and delivery trucks. We even did a little holiday song about it. The city responded by dedicating its first-ever right of way enforcement officers to solely monitor bike lanes.
We continue to work on this issue with city officials. In the mean time, if you spot anything in Denver’s bike lanes, please contact Denver Public Works directly to make them aware of the issue by dialing 720-913-1600 or 311.
Question about what you can and can’t do on a bicycle? You can check out Colorado’s Rules of the Road here.
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