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.
When the city is expecting a major snow event or extremely cold temperatures, bicyclists may want to consider alternative transportation options.
Clearing snow from the City’s protected bikeways requires use of smaller plow equipment. Denver will plow and apply de-icing materials to its protected bikeways when it is appropriate do so, based on weather conditions.
Contact 3-1-1 or use Pocketgov to report problems with snow removal or icing in bike lanes.
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.