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Designated Bicycle Lanes

A portion of the roadway designated by striping, pavement markings, and, if used, signage, for the preferential or exclusive use of bicyclists. It carries bicyclists in the same direction as adjacent motor vehicle traffic. Bike lanes must be a minimum of 4 feet wide, but are at least 5 feet in most locations.

Buffered Lanes

A buffer zone augments an existing, dedicated bike lane that creates more space between the bike lane and the adjacent vehicle travel lane. The buffer zone is flush with the pavement and is at least 2 feet in width. Buffered bike lanes increase the perceived riding comfort for bicyclists as they increase separation from vehicle traffic and/or parked vehicles.

Existing Lanes

Denver has hundreds of miles of bike lanes, sharrows and signed bicycle routes. See them all on the 2017 Bike Map.

bike map of Denver


Newest bike lanes

  • W 29th Ave — from Central to Sheridan streets
  • E 47th Ave — buffered bike lane from Brighton to Clayton 
  • Champa Street  — buffered bike lane from Downing to 20th  

Planned lanes

See the complete plan on the 2017 Projects list

  • Buffered bike lanes on W 46th Ave from Sheridan to Tennyson, and Buchtel from University to Colorado
  • Bike lane upgrades on W 23rd Ave and Wynkoop Street
  • A climbing lane on 20th Ave from Park Ave West to Grant