Backbone Connection Projects

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Projects Overview

Denver residents decided on a vision for the City’s complete bikeway network in 2011 (Denver Moves: Bicycles), and confirmed that vision in 2019 (Blueprint Denver). These plans outline where and what types of bikeways Denver should install to create a complete, connected, safe, and comfortable bikeway system in Denver.

The voter-approved Elevate Denver Bond Program allocated funding to design and construct nearly 50 miles of this bikeway network vision. These bikeways provide high comfort connections to key destinations throughout the city, and help us to realize the community’s vision for a healthier and more vibrant city.


Ongoing Project Details

W 23rd Avenue from Speer to Federal Boulevards

W 23rd Avenue/Water Street from Speer to Federal Boulevards

  • Project Limits: W 23rd Ave from Federal Blvd to 7th Ave and Water St from 7th Ave to Speer Blvd
  • Phase: Construction
  • Start Date: Fall 2021

 Final Bike Lane Configuration:

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23rd Avenue Final Bike Lane Configuration - Full Size Image(JPG, 69KB)

Parking Mitigation:


Project Notes: The project team is evaluating potential improvements to the signal at W 23rd Ave & Clay St to create better pedestrian connectivity.


Open House #2

An open house for the W 23rd Ave/Water St Protected Bike Lane project was held on December 5, 2019 and the presentation materials have been posted below.

Presentation(PDF, 9MB)

May 2019 Presentation(PDF, 4MB)

Central Park Boulevard from Montview Boulevard to 36th Avenue

In early 2022, the City and County of Denver will implement safety and mobility improvements on Central Park Boulevard between Montview Boulevard and E. 36th Avenue.  Crews will begin by removing existing lane lines and signs.  Once completed, crews will re-stripe lane markings and crosswalks and install high comfort bike lanes with rubber curbs to separate people on bikes from people in cars.

When complete, the following roadway changes and improvements will be in place:

  • Protected bike lanes with a 3’ safety buffer
  • Vertical separation between the bike lane and parking lane to reduce conflicts and increase safety
  • Rapid flashing beacons at multiple intersections that pedestrians can activate when crossing the street to draw the attention of drivers

Public Meeting: November 21, 2019

Presentation(PDF, 5MB)

City Park Esplanade from 16th to 17th Avenues

Construction Planned: TBD

Public Meeting: Wednesday, December 4

Presentation(PDF, 4MB)

May 2019 Presentation(PDF, 5MB)

Clayton Street from 40th to 52nd Avenues

Project On Hold

Public Meeting: Wednesday, May 1

Swansea Rec Center

Presentation(PDF, 4MB) (English/español) 

N Crown Boulevard from E Albrook Drive to E 56th Avenue

Construction Completed

Public Meeting: Wednesday, May 15

Montbello Rec Center

Presentation(PDF, 2MB) (English/español) 

N Tennyson St (W 17th Ave to W 7th Ave), W 7th Ave (N Tennyson St to N Perry St), N Perry St (W 7th Ave to N Bayaud Ave)

Construction Planned: Fall 2022 - 2023

As part of the West Denver Safer Streets project, a neighborhood bikeway is proposed on N Tennyson St between W 17th Avenue and W 7th Ave, and will connect to N Perry St via W 7th. The bikeway will continue south on Perry Street from 7th Ave to Bayaud St as a protected bike lane. West Denver Safe Streets will deliver bikeways on 7 West Denver corridors and will be installed through the DOTI Bicycle Program and the voter-approved Elevate Denver Bond Program.


Provide Feedback

If you would like to speak to a member of the project team directly, please sign up for a West Denver Safer Streets Office Hours time slot or send us an email at bikes@denvergov.org. 


Open House #3 - November 16, 2021

A virtual open house for N Tennyson St, W 7th Avenue, and N Perry Street Bikeways was held November 16, 2021 and the meeting videos have been posted below.


Open House #2 - March 25, 2021

A virtual open house for N Tennyson Street, W 7th Avenue and N Perry Street Bikeways was held March 25, 2021 and meeting videos have been posted below.


Open House #1 - February 11, 2021

S Irving St from W Kentucky to W Amherst Ave

Construction Planned: Fall 2022 - 2023

As part of the West Denver Safer Streets project, S Irving Street between W Kentucky Avenue and W Amherst Avenue is proposed as a protected bike lane.  West Denver Safe Streets will deliver bikeways on 7 West Denver corridors and will be installed through the DOTI Bicycle Program and the voter-approved Elevate Denver Bond Program.


Provide Feedback

If you would like to speak to a member of the project team directly, please sign up for a West Denver Safer Streets Office Hours time slot or send us an email at bikes@denvergov.org.


Open House #3 - December 2, 2021

A virtual open house for the Irving St and Bates Ave Bikeways was held December 2, 2021 and the meeting videos have been posted below.


Open House #2 - March 16, 2021

A virtual open house meeting for S Irving Street and W Bates Avenue Bikeways was held March 16, 2021 and a meeting video can be viewed below: 


Open House #1 - February 11, 2021

S Tejon St from W Bayaud Ave to W Tennessee Ave

Construction Planned: Fall 2022 - 2023

As part of the West Denver Safer Streets project, S Tejon Street between W Bayaud Avenue and W Tennessee Avenue is proposed as a protected bike lane.  West Denver Safe Streets will deliver bikeways on 7 West Denver corridors and will be installed through the DOTI Bicycle Program and the voter-approved Elevate Denver Bond Program.


Provide Feedback

If you would like to speak to a member of the project team directly, please sign up for a West Denver Safer Streets Office Hours time slot or send us an email at bikes@denvergov.org.


Open House #3 - November 17, 2021

A virtual open house for S Tejon St, W Tennessee Ave, and West Virginia Ave Bikeways was held November 17, 2021 and the meeting videos have been posted below.


Open House #2 - March 24, 2021

A virtual open house for S Tejon Street, W Tennessee Avenue, W Virginia Avenue and S Lipan Street Bikeways was held March 24, 2021 and meeting videos have been posted below.


Open House #1 - February 11, 2021

S Lipan St from W Alameda Ave to W Florida Ave

Construction Planned: 2022

As part of the West Denver Safer Streets project, S Lipan Street between W Alameda Avenue and W Florida Avenue is proposed as a bike lane.

More information regarding additional planning work on the S Lipan St corridor is forthcoming.


Open House #2 - March 24, 2021

A virtual open house for S Tejon Street, W Tennessee Avenue, W Virginia Avenue and S Lipan Street Bikeways was held March 24, 2021 and meeting videos have been posted below.


Thank you for providing comments on the draft bikeway concept designs. The comment period through this platform has been closed, concept designs with comments from the community can still be reviewed at bit.ly/WDSScomment.

The project team will be hosting the next public meeting in Late Summer/Fall of 2021. Please sign up for the project newsletter on the right side of the page if you would like to be notified of project updates.

If you would like to speak to a member of the project team directly, please sign up for West Denver Safer Streets Office Hours time slot.

Open House #1 - February 11, 2021

W Bates Ave from S Lamar St to S Raleigh St

Construction Planned: Fall 2022 - 2023

As part of the West Denver Safer Streets project, W Bates Avenue between S Lamar Street and S Raleigh Street is proposed as a neighborhood bikeway.  West Denver Safe Streets will deliver bikeways on 7 West Denver corridors and will be installed through the DOTI Bicycle Program and the voter-approved Elevate Denver Bond Program.


Provide Feedback

If you would like to speak to a member of the project team directly, please sign up for a West Denver Safer Streets Office Hours time slot or send us an email at bikes@denvergov.org.


Open House #3 - December 2, 2021

A virtual open house for the Irving St and Bates Ave Bikeways was held December 2, 2021 and the meeting videos have been posted below.


Open House #2 - March 16, 2021

A virtual open house meeting for S Irving Street and W Bates Avenue Bikeways was held March 16, 2021 and a meeting video can be viewed below: 


Open House #1 - February 11, 2021

W Virginia Ave from S Knox Ct to South Platte River Trail

Construction Planned: Fall 2022 - 2023

As part of the West Denver Safer Streets project, W Virginia Avenue between S Knox Court and S Platte River Trail is proposed as a neighborhood bikeway.  West Denver Safe Streets will deliver bikeways on 7 West Denver corridors and will be installed through the DOTI Bicycle Program and the voter-approved Elevate Denver Bond Program.


Provide Feedback

If you would like to speak to a member of the project team directly, please sign up for a West Denver Safer Streets Office Hours time slot or send us an email at bikes@denvergov.org.


Open House #3 - November 17, 2021

A virtual open house for S Tejon St, W Tennessee Ave, and West Virginia Ave Bikeways was held November 17, 2021 and the meeting videos have been posted below.


Open House #2 - March 24, 2021

A virtual open house for S Tejon Street, W Tennessee Avenue, W Virginia Avenue and S Lipan Street Bikeways was held March 24, 2021 and meeting videos have been posted below.


Open House #1 - February 11, 2021

W Tennessee Ave from S Vallejo St to S Lipan St

Construction Planned: Fall 2022 - 2023

As part of the West Denver Safer Streets project, W Tennessee Avenue between S Vallejo Street and S Lipan Street is proposed as a neighborhood bikeway.  West Denver Safe Streets will deliver bikeways on 7 West Denver corridors and will be installed through the DOTI Bicycle Program and the voter-approved Elevate Denver Bond Program.


Provide Feedback

If you would like to speak to a member of the project team directly, please sign up for a West Denver Safer Streets Office Hours time slot or send us an email at bikes@denvergov.org.


Open House #3 - November 17, 2021

A virtual open house for S Tejon St, W Tennessee Ave, and West Virginia Ave Bikeways was held November 17, 2021 and the meeting videos have been posted below.


Open House #2 - March 24, 2021

A virtual open house for S Tejon Street, W Tennessee Avenue, W Virginia Avenue and S Lipan Street Bikeways was held March 24, 2021 and meeting videos have been posted below.


Open House #1 - February 11, 2021

E 12th Ave from Madison St to N Yosemite St

Construction Planned: 2022

Share Your Feedback, Get Involved and Learn More:

Konveio Comment Period Ends June 25th

Share you feedback!

Concept designs for the proposed neighborhood bikeway on E 12th Ave (between Madison St and Yosemite St) are online and open for community feedback through Friday, June 25th. Please visit bit.ly/12thAveKonveio to share your thoughts on the proposed designs. A neighborhood bikeway is a street designed to prioritize people walking, biking, or making local vehicle trips. Neighborhood bikeway designs change the street to slow traffic and make busy crossings safer.  An instructional video on how to use the Konveio site is available in both English and Spanish.


Open House #2 - May 25, 2021

A second virtual community meeting was held on May 25, 2021 to present bikeway concepts for E. 12th Ave between Madison Street and N Yosemite Street. A recording of the meeting can be seen by clicking the links below.

Konveio Comment Period Ends June 18th

Share you feedback!

Concept designs for the proposed neighborhood bikeway on E 12th Ave (between Madison St and Yosemite St) are online and open for community feedback through Friday, June 18th. Please visit bit.ly/12thAveKonveio to share your thoughts on the proposed designs. A neighborhood bikeway is a street designed to prioritize people walking, biking, or making local vehicle trips. Neighborhood bikeway designs change the street to slow traffic and make busy crossings safer.  An instructional video on how to use the Konveio site is available in both English and Spanish. 


Open House #1 - March 23, 2021

virtual community meeting for the E. 12th Ave Neighborhood Bikeway was held on March 23, 2021 and a recording of the meeting can be seen below:

Feasibility Study and Final Report(PDF, 3MB)

Project Specific Information

N Kearney St from E Smith Rd to E Virginia Ave

Open House #3 - May 17, 2022 (Self-Guided Meeting)

Provide your input on the 60% designs for the Kearney Krameria Neighborhood bikeway by participating in our self-guided meeting!

First, view a quick presentation with project updates.

Next, visit the online tool to view the 60% designs and share your input on the designs.

Want to talk soon? Sign up for Office Hours to ask a question to the project team.


Krameria Street Traffic Diverter Meeting - March 24, 2022

A virtual community meeting was held on March 24th to discuss a proposed traffic diverter on Krameria Street at 17th Avenue Parkway as part of the Kearney/ Krameria Neighborhood Bikeway project. This traffic calming feature is proposed to improve the street for bicyclists and pedestrians by lowering the amount of through vehicle traffic on the street.

Denver Moves: Bicycles and Blueprint Denver recommended Kearney Street/Krameria Street to be a neighborhood bikeway. Neighborhood bikeways are designed to be shared streets between people biking and driving where speeds and traffic volumes are low. This traffic calming feature is installed to increase the visibility of people walking and biking, discourage speeding, and discourage non-local traffic. To achieve this on Kearney Street/Krameria Street, traffic diverters are planned for installation on Krameria Street at the 17th Avenue Parkway as part of the Community Transportation Networks neighborhood bikeway project.

Download the meeting flyer here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dlPfyjkZ8oVveVcBvvbVg83FLauEHTqW/view?usp=sharing


Community Meeting - July 15, 2021

Kearney Street Businesses between 22nd and 23rd Avenues. Back-in parking discussion.


Open House #2 - May 11, 2021

A second virtual community meeting was held on May 11, 2021 to present bikeway concepts for Kearney and Krameria Streets between Smith Road in Park Hill to E. Virginia Avenue in Virginia Vale.  The  meeting video can be viewed below:


Open House #1 - March 17, 2021

A virtual community meeting was held on March 17, 2021 to gather community input on a neighborhood bikeway concept for Kearney and Krameria Streets between Smith Road in Park Hill to E. Virginia Avenue in Virginia Vale.  A meeting video can be viewed below:

N Lincoln Street from E 51st to E 44th

Construction Planned: 2023


Globeville Community Meeting in Argo Park (Lincoln Neighborhood Bikeway), April 28, 2022

At this community meeting we shared 60% designs for the Lincoln Street Neighborhood Bikeway from 44th to 51st Avenues.


Globeville Bike Mobility Projects (E 51st, E 45th, and N Lincoln St) – February 25, 2021 

At this virtual meeting we shared how you can provide input on three new opportunities to make it easier to travel by bicycle in the Globeville neighborhood.

Globeville Bike Mobility Projects (Lincoln, E 51st, E 45th) – April 29, 2021

At this open house we shared concept designs and timelines for improved bicycle and pedestrian travel in Globeville.