The Denver Department of Public Works is currently designing a bicycle lane for 15th Street in downtown Denver. Many cities have chosen to physically separate bicycle lanes from vehicle lanes as a way to improve the safety of bicyclists, motorists, and pedestrians. We are calling on Denver to make this same choice for 15th Street.
A protected bicycle lane is an exclusive and dedicated space in the roadway that physically separates bicyclists from motor vehicle traffic with a parking lane, flexposts, and/or raised medians. The cities of New York, Washington, D.C., and Chicago have all installed protected bicycle lanes. In these cities this infrastructure has increased ridership, increased bicyclists' perceived safety and comfort, reduced sidewalk riding, reduced reportable crashes, prevented motor vehicles from blocking bicycle lanes, and decreased the rate of motorists exceeding the posted speed limits.
I bike in Denver and I support the installation of a protected bicycle lane along the 15th Street corridor in downtown Denver.