The majority of Denver’s on-street bicycle lanes are located on roadways with stripes; these are the streets that are routinely plowed every time snow accumulates. Crews will make every effort to plow through the bike lane to the curb whenever possible. During swift, heavy snowfall, however, bike lanes may become snow packed. In these conditions, bicyclists can count on the vehicle travel lane to likely be the clearest option and should be prepared to ride in a shared lane condition during snow season. If the city experiences a major snow event (12 inches of snow or more), bicyclists may want to consider alternative transportation options.
The City will be experimenting with different snow-clearing strategies along the 15th Street protected bike lane, requiring the use of a smaller vehicle and plow. Our goal is to avoid snow accumulation in the buffer zone, as snow melt flowing across the protected bike lane can freeze at night. We will also apply a limited amount of anti-icing materials to the protected bike lane to reduce icing conditions while avoiding excess wear and tear on bicycle components.
The Denver Parks and Recreation Department maintains all bicycle and walking pathways. Any snow accumulation on the trails that are one inch or more in depth will be plowed to the channel side (or down slope side) within 12 hours after the end of snow fall event. Any snow removal not accessible by machine will be removed manually. Any ice accumulation on the trail will be treated with gravel and environmentally safe chemical products.
Snow removal around bicycle parking areas at city facilities is the responsibility of the specific facility’s maintenance staff.
Bicycling in snow conditions can be challenging, so having yourself and your bicycle prepared for the weather is critical. After checking the local weather, decide if your bicycling skill set matches the daily weather forecast.
While Denver B-Cycle bicycles will remain open this winter, please be respectful of the equipment and avoid using the bicycles during the harshest winter conditions.