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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 latest Bike Map.

bike map of Denver


Newest bike lanes

  • 11th Avenue — from Osage to Ogden streets
  • Raleigh Street — from Bear Creek Park to Sanderson Gulch Trail 
  • Knox Court — from Alameda to 6th Ave 
  • Bayaud Street — from Steele Street to Colorado

Planned lanes

See the complete plan on the 2016 Projects list

  • W 2nd Ave — bike lane from Weir Gulch Trail to Federal Blvd
  • W 29th Ave — bike lane/buffered bike lane from Central Street (at 15th St) to Sheridan Blvd
  • Champa Street — buffered bike lane from Downing Street to 20th Street

Updates: Spring 2016

W 29th Ave — bike lane installation will begin Monday, April 25 with the repaving of W 29th Ave from Sheridan to Speer. The bike lane installation on the eastern section of the corridor (29th/Speer to 15th/Central) will follow shortly afterwards, likely to be implemented by the end of May.