The Denver Moves Bicycles plan (2011) identified a portion of the Syracuse Street Corridor as an area to study for potential future bike infrastructure in East Denver. In 2017, Denver Public Works initiated the Syracuse Street Corridor Study and Design Project to determine the feasibility of a bikeway along the corridor to connect Stapleton, Lowry and East Colfax.
Installation of the new bicycle facilities is underway on Syracuse Street and is expected to be completed in mid-August. This includes new striping, signage and intersection improvements to the three idenified zones of the corridor: Zone A from E. 8th Avenue to E. 11th Avenue; Zone B between E. 11th Avenue and and E. Montview Boulevard; and Zone C between Montview Boulevard and Martin Luther King Boulevard.
This study began in Summer 2016. Designs for bike lanes and other amenities on the corridor were completed in winter 2018-19 and are being installed in Summer 2019.
Existing bike lanes had been previously established north of Montview, and this project extended the study area north to MLK/31st Avenue with the goal of developing a complete, high ease-of-use, bikeway corridor. Bike lanes and other amenities have been recommended along Syracuse Street and Roslyn Street between E 8th Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard.
These design improvements are intended to provide a traffic calming effect to improve cycling conditions along the corridor.
While all facility types were analyzed for the varying segments of the project corridor, conventional and buffered bike lanes are recommended based on Denver Bikeway Design Guidelines. Protected bike lanes would have significant impacts to on-street parking; feedback from residents during the study process indicated that retaining parking along Syracuse was a critical issue.
The bikeway design guidelines take several corridor features into account to determine appropriate facility types:
Six foot-wide bike lanes will be introduced to both directions of this 3 block segment of the Syracuse corridor. Adding bike lanes provides dedicated roadway space for bicyclists, with improved separation from motor vehicles, and avoids parking impacts.
Six foot-wide bike lanes will be introduced to both directions of this segment of the Syracuse corridor. Adding bike lanes provides dedicated roadway space for bicyclists, with improved separation from motor vehicles.
In order to provide dedicated bike lanes along this segment of the corridor, parking will be restricted to one side of the street, alternating from east to west side parking every few blocks. Extensive parking studies were conducted to ensure that sufficient parking will be available for residents, businesses and churches along the corridor.
Where Syracuse widens north of Montview, new buffered bike lanes will be introduced in both directions of Syracuse (and Roslyn) from Montview to MLK/31st Avenue. Travel lanes will be reduced to one lane in each direction, maintain turning lanes at each signalized intersection.
The existing slip ramp from westbound Montview to northbound Syracuse will remain; however, all drivers will be required to stop prior to merging onto northbound Syracuse. This will be introduced to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety at this location.
RTD bus stops will remain in their current locations.
The City and County of Denver held three targeted stakeholder and public open houses at selection locations along the corridor on Tuesday May 23rd, 2017, September 13, 2017, and February 2, 2019. In total, approximately 90 people attended. An online survey was conducted to gather additional public input and included 172 participants.
The City and County of Denver shared design plans for bicycle improvements that the community helped form during previous public meetings. Bike lanes and other amenities were recommended during past studies along Syracuse Street and Roslyn Street between 8th Ave. and Martin Luther King Boulevard.