Encouraging Innovation in Denver

We believe that Denver must innovate and lead the way in order for Colorado to achieve its goal of becoming the #1 bicycle-friendly state. Here you will find programs, resources and partnerships related to our work in the Denver metro area. Your support and voice are critical to making Denver a great place to live, work and ride.


Denver’s 2017 General Obligation (GO) Bond will advance biking and walking!

We advocated successfully for more bike funding throughout the project selection process in the GO Bond, and we’re happy to report that Denver will take big steps forward to increase mobility opportunities and safety—with $25 million for protected bike lanes, and $115 million in total to advance safe walking and biking.

It’s important that Denver continues to prioritize investments in people-friendly streets. Our transportation system is stressed, and we need better options to get from point A to point B.

The Denver bond that will go to public vote in November will be a big win for Denver communities with investments in our culture, recreation, public safety, health and mobility. The bonds will help more people chose to walk bike or access transit—and that’s good for everyone.

Funding a Bikeable, Walkable Denver

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. At current funding levels it would take more than 160 years to build complete sidewalk and bike lane networks.

The Problem
  • Denver’s infrastructure to walk and bike safely has been underfunded for years. At current funding levels it would take more than 160 years to build complete sidewalk and bike lane networks.
  • Many people have no choice but to drive. They do not have a safe walking or biking route or access to transit to and from their work, school, park, or local store.
  • More and more people are moving to Denver every day and the number of people who drive alone is climbing. Transportation issues are the #1 concern for Denver residents.
The Solution

Invest $40 million a year into building and maintaining our walking and biking networks. This will bring Denver on par with other major U.S. cities and create the options people want to get around safely.

The Benefits
  • Access to amenities, services and opportunities
  • Better individual and community health
  • Stronger local and household economies
  • Improved air quality
  • Sustainable lifestyle options


It is critical that the Denver city council and mayor hear from their constituents on this issue. We will automatically connect residents to Mayor Hancock and their city council member, and provide sample messages. Our efforts to increase city funding for bicycling and walking infrastructure will not succeed without the voices of residents.

Take Action!

Featured Projects

Denver Vision Zero

Mayor Michael Hancock announced Denver’s commitment to Vision Zero in February 2016 with the intent to eliminate transportation-related injuries and deaths. Bicycle Colorado is part of the Denver Vision Zero Coalition steering committee. We believe that updating and improving street design to safely accommodate active transportation is one of the most important ways Denver can reach its Vision Zero goal.

Take the Denver Vision Zero survey

Now through the end of April 2017, use the Vision Zero map-based survey to show Denver the best and worse streets and intersections in your neighborhood. Your inputs will help focus efforts in problem areas.

Take Action!

14th Avenue Bikeway

The first protected bike lane that Denver Public Works will roll out in 2017 is a half-mile stretch that connects the Cherry Creek Trail to Bannock Street–Civic Center Park, the Denver Art Museum and the Denver Central Library along 14th Avenue. Installation of the bike lane will begin in April.

+ See the entire project design
+ Get complete details in this Streetsblog article

Key project features
  • A safe connection between the Cherry Creek Trail and Civic Center Park
  • A more visible crossing area for riders on 14th Ave. crossing Speer to enter the lane
  • Plenty of green pavement marking at crossing areas
  • Shortened crossings for pedestrians
  • A new color! Tan markings will create a buffer zone between the lane and traffic lanes
  • Bike-forward stop bars at traffic lights

Additional Projects & Local Resources

Denver Moves Bikes Plan

“Denver Moves” defines the vision for non-motorized transportation and recreation in Denver, identifying the next phase of priorities for making multi-use connections in the city. Denver Moves focuses on integrating the existing off-street and on-street networks to create corridors that link neighborhoods, parks, employment centers, business districts, transit hubs and other destinations.

The plan was put together in 2011. Bicycle Colorado and the Denver Streets Partnership are advocating for $40 million of annual funding to complete the plan in 20 years. At current funding levels, it would take more than 50 years to build out.

Read the plan
Denver bike maps
Youth, outreach, volunteer and free bike programs
  1. Bikes Together – bike camps, bike rodeos, earn-a-bike programs, mechanic classes and more
  2. Bikes for Life – a program of Children’s Hospital Colorado created to help kids develop healthy lifestyle habits through bicycling
  3. Colorado High School Cycling League – mountain bike racing programs offered at several area high schools
  4. Front Rangers Cycling Club – hosts youth rides in collaboration with the Denver Police Department, District 1 and the Sun Valley Youth Center
  5. Groundwork Denver Green Team – youth volunteer program focused on urban Denver; includes mountain bike trail building
  6. Impact 360 – a program serving disadvantaged youth; includes a health and wellness component incorporating bicycling
  7. Lucky Bikes Recyclery – a community-based retail bike shop selling used and new bicycles, parts, apparel and service to support Trips for Kids Denver Metro programming
  8. Pedal Adventure Camp – multi-day riding camps that combine bicycling with discovering the city of Denver
  9. Project Recycle – provides bicycles to kids (and adults) in need to offer a healthier lifestyle
  10. Recycle Bicycles – distributes donated bicycles, at no cost, to inner city shelters, housing projects and schools
  11. Trips for Kids Denver Metro – empowers at-risk and disadvantaged youth, using the bicycle as a tool to foster positive life skills, healthy youth development, and a sense of fun and adventure.
  12. Wish for Wheels – gives the gift of a brand new bicycle and helmet to low-income children (grades k-2)
Community bike shops

Community bike shops are a little different than your average retail store. They are nonprofits accepting donations of bikes, gear and cash in support of the neighborhoods around them. At community bike shops, you can find very inexpensive bicycles, parts and accessories for sale. You can also find programs that teach basic bike mechanic skills; opportunities for volunteers to earn a free bicycle to help them get around; plus community events and camps that teach kids how to ride.

  1. Bikes Together (Park Hill and Mariposa)
  2. Lucky Bikes Recyclery
Bicycle Colorado

Volunteer with us at @veloswap! You'll get free admission to the event and a free shirt if you do! Sign up at https://t.co/QalYYHN6EQ

  • Denver’s Confluence Park has officially re-opened! Did anybody check it out this weekend? 📷 taken this morning by Dan Grunig.
  • We found this great @veloswap photo today! Perfect for a #tbt! Any guesses on year and location? We’ve got one…
  • Did you brave the weather this morning? Share photos of your ride with #bicyclecolorado and by tagging us in the photo! #yourridecounts •••
#Repost @schmalisha
Gearing up for my #waytogotober commute into work @LakewoodColo on a snowy ❄️Monday morning! Thankful for a short commute and my awesome new bike from @ridegms 😊🚲 @drcog_waytogo @bicyclecolo