Denver Moves: Bicycles Program
Bicycles provide a travel option that is convenient, affordable, has health benefits and helps ease congestion. These are all elements that are part of the community’s vision for a healthier and more vibrant city. By building out Denver’s bicycle network and creating a comfortable space for people to ride, DOTI is helping to realize this vision.
To achieve our multimodal goals, Denver's bikeways must meet the needs of people of all ages and abilities. Some people feel confident riding on our streets today, but the majority (almost 60%) are "interested but concerned" about traveling by bike. Many of these residents would like to bicycle, but only will when it is safer and more convenient to do so.
125 new miles by December 2023
miles completed since 2019 (as of December 2021)
Install more facilities that are designed to be high-comfort for people of all ages and abilities.
- Protected bike lanes are dedicated bikeways on streets that have both a horizontal and vertical buffer between a person bicycling and motor vehicles.
- Neighborhood Bikeways are low-stress, low volume streets that prioritize pedestrian and bicycle movement.
Continue to install bike lanes and buffered bike lanes to make our network as connected as possible.
Planning for Bikes
Denver residents decided on a vision for the City’s complete bikeway network in 2011 (Denver Moves: Bikes), and confirmed that vision in 2016. These plans outline where and what types of bikeways Denver should install to create a complete, connected, safe, and comfortable bikeway system in Denver.
We have three primary strategies for choosing when to install bikeways from these plans.
- Networks: Build out Denver’s bikeway network by concentrating investment in one area at a time.
- Backbones: Install bikeways to provide critical connections within and between network areas.
- Coordinated: Coordinate the striping of bike lanes with street paving operations to install facilities efficiently.