Denver Moves: Neighborhood Bikeways

Neighborhood bikeways are low-volume, low-speed streets designed to prioritize people who are biking, walking, and rolling by using design elements such as signage, pavement markings, speed and/or volume reduction features, and crossing improvements. They are also sometimes called bicycle boulevards or neighborhood greenways.

Elements of Neighborhood Bikeways

Separated or protected bike lanes are not generally necessary along neighborhood bikeways because the street design itself creates a calm traffic environment that promotes multimodal transportation. They may contain design elements such as:

Benefits of Neighborhood Bikeways

  • Comfort: Provide a comfortable shared street environment for people of all ages and abilities to get around
  • Safety: Slow motor vehicle speeds, improve the safety and convenience of road crossings, and create safe pathways for students to walk to school
  • Wayfinding and connectivity: Help people cycling, walking, and rolling to find their way, remind cars to share the road, and improve connectivity to popular destinations
  • Sustainability: Promote transportation methods other than driving, decrease pollution from emissions, and improve air quality