Denver Moves, the City and County of Denver’s Bicycle and Walking Action Plan, identified the 12th Avenue corridor between Garfield Street and Yosemite Street (City of Aurora) as an ideal candidate to become a neighborhood bikeway (formerly known as bicycle boulevard). The 12th Avenue Neighborhood Bikeway was envisioned with new design features that would enhance bicycling and walking for a wide range of people. It would support motor vehicle traffic traveling at speeds that are consistent with the posted limits of 25 MPH. It would not rely on traditional bike lanes. The 12th Avenue Neighborhood Bikeway would utilize a collection of treatments including traffic calming, signing, marking, and intersection improvements. The treatments would be specific to each location and evolve as travel patterns adjust over time.
The information from Denver Moves was combined with stakeholder input and national design guidelines to prepare a plan for the 12th Avenue Neighborhood Bikeway. The City’s project team collected information over a nine-month process that included distributing flyers to every household in the corridor, two neighborhood workshops, and meeting with registered neighborhood organizations (RNOs).