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.

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SAY THANKS FOR BETTER BIKING AND WALKING

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.

Say hello to the Things in the Bike Lane Campaign

Together with BikeDenver, we’ve launched the Things in the Bike Lane campaign in the City of Denver. The campaign aims to raise public awareness about the regular misuse of bike lanes in the city. Through a crowd-sourced heat map, particular problem spots will be revealed around the city, allowing the City of Denver and Denver Public Works to better understand, monitor and address these issues.

Through the end of the calendar year, we will collect valuable information about problem spots around the city using the power of crowd-sourcing, with the ultimate goal of allowing the City of Denver and Denver Public Works to better understand, monitor and address these issues.

The Things in the Bike Lane campaign seeks to create a favorable climate for policy changes that support better education and enforcement of bike lane violations. Why? Because things in the bike lane are odd, interesting, inconvenient and sometimes downright unsafe–when bike lanes are blocked, bicyclists are pushed into traffic, causing confusion and chaos that puts lives in danger. Documenting things in the bike lane in Denver, with information on date, time and location, creates a tangible, living document that the City of Denver can work to address that will keep all road users safer.

How to get involved

Getting involved in the Things in the Bike Lane Campaign is (almost) as easy as posting a photo to your own Instagram account! All you have to do is head over to www.thingsinbikelanes.com when you discover something odd in the bike lane and submit it, with additional information on your location. The website works on your mobile phone.

If you want to go the extra mile, post the photo on social media, use hashtag #ThingsInTheBikeLane, and tag both Bicycle Colorado and Bike Denver! 

Oh, and one more thing: we want this campaign to be fun, so focus whatever oddities you may find, not just cars! 

Denver’s 2017 General Obligation (GO) Bond delivers for biking and walking!

On November 7, Denver voters overwhelming approved Measure 2A to fund transportation projects, ensuring the construction of 33 new miles of sidewalks and nearly 50 miles of protected bike lanes and neighborhood bikeways!

More than $70 million is designated to build missing segments of the sidewalk and bike networks and $115 million overall is reserved for bike-ped projects across the city.

With your help, w​e kept biking and walking projects prioritized during the bond project selection process to deliver bike-ped bridges, improved crossings, and more than doubling the pace of current efforts to complete Denver’s bike and sidewalk networks.

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

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.

14th Street Bikeway

Denver’s newest protected bike lane opened in July. It runs from Market to Colfax at Civic Center Park  alongside Denver landmarks like Hotel Teatro, the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, the Colorado Convention Center, and the Hyatt Downtown. The parking-protected lane features curb-protection, painted crosswalks and turn boxes.

+ Get complete details in this Streetsblog article

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.

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
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