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Denver Moves: Neighborhood Bikeways

Denver Moves identifies neighborhood bikeways (NBW, formerly known as bicycle boulevards) as streets that are designed to give priority to non-motorized users and discourage through traffic by motorized vehicles. On NBWs, a separate space in the street (such as a bike lane) is not necessary because non-motorized users' preference is communicated through the roadway design, signage and traffic calming measures.

Design Guidelines cover imageIn 2011, the City and County of Denver, along with its partners, received a joint U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Challenge Grant and U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER Grant to create the Denver Livability Partnership (DLP), which developed Denver's Denver Bikeway Design Guidelines.

About Sharrows

Sharrow is an abbreviated term for a shared lane arrow. Although motorists and cyclists are always expected to share public roadways, sharrows are a pavement marking symbol for use on select designated on-street bike routes. The sharrow designates where a cyclist should ride to be outside of the adjacent parked cars "door zone."

It also serves for bicycle route wayfinding and to provide a visual reminder that motorists and cyclists are to share the road.

Current Projects

The study area for this proposed Neighborhood Bikeway is in western Denver between Navajo Street and Sheridan Boulevard on W 35th Avenue. The mostly-residential corridor is 2.6 miles long and connects to key bicycle, pedestrian, and vehicular routes, including downtown Denver.

A feasibility study was completed in 2015. The final design has been completed. Installation is expected to begin in Spring 2019.

Learn more about the W 35th Avenue NBW Plan and read the final study report

The Denver Livability Partnership developed a study and preliminary designs for the Knox Court NBW in 2013. This project is in design and expected to be installed in Spring 2019. Project limits are from Kentucky St to Alameda.

Knox Court Corridor Presentation - May 2015 (PDF)

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Denver Moves identified the Garfield Street corridor between City Park and the Cherry Creek Trail as an ideal candidate to become a neighborhood bikeway, as an important north-south route connecting residential, commercial and recreation areas.

A feasibility study was completed in 2015. The project is expected to go to design in 2016.

Learn more about the Garfield Street NBW Plan and read the final study report

Denver Moves identified the 12th Avenue corridor between Garfield Street and Yosemite Street (City of Aurora) as an ideal candidate to become a neighborhood bikeway, with new design features that would enhance bicycling and walking for a wide range of people.

A feasibility study was completed in 2015.

Learn more about the 12th Avenue NBW Plan and read the final study report

This study will develop demonstration projects to evaluate traffic management strategies along two prospective Neighborhood Bikeways in Denver. Based on previously completed neighborhood bikeway feasibility studies, this study will identify segments of the W 35th Avenue and Garfield Street corridors for demonstration projects testing these traffic calming concepts.

Learn more about the study process


Denver Public Works is continuing work for Neighborhood Bikeways on Knox Court and W 35th Avenue, with installation expected in 2018. Other neighborhood improvements at Knox/Alameda/Morrison and Garfield Street are also underway.