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About the Broadway Bikeway Study

Which side of the road is the bikeway on?   

The bikeway is on the east side of Broadway. The transit lane is on the west side of the road. The bikeway position was determined through a community driven alternatives process and analysis of technical data. 

Is the Broadway Protected Bikeway one-way or two-way?  

Two-way. Bicyclists will be able to ride in both directions within the bikeway.

How wide is the protected bikeway?

The bikeway is 10 feet wide including a buffer zone between the bikeway and the parked cars.

How long is the bikeway? 

The study will take place between Bayaud Ave and Virginia Ave, which is approximately 1/2 mile.

Why is the Broadway Bikeway only between Bayaud Ave and Virginia Ave, shouldn’t this run from the Broadway Station to Downtown? 

The project team divided the corridor into segments and evaluated each to determine which segment was the most feasible for implementing a study bikeway within a few months. The segment of Broadway between Bayaud Ave and Virginia Ave was found to be the most feasible as it does not include bulbouts, which are concrete extensions of sidewalks that occur at intersections. The bulbouts found in other segments of the corridor would conflict with the movement of bicycles and would not be included in the design of a corridor-wide bikeway. It is also too costly to remove the bulbouts for a short-term study. This chosen segment includes the intersection of Broadway and Alameda Ave. Alameda Ave is a major arterial roadway; designing the bikeway through this intersection will help the project team better understand bicycle and pedestrian operations at busier intersections. In addition, to help bicyclists access the Broadway Bikeway, the City and County of Denver is installing wayfinding signage and pavement markings along Bayaud Ave, Virginia Ave, Cherokee St and Bannock St, to connect to Downtown, the Cherry Creek Trail, the Alameda LRT station as well as Washington Park.

How are bicyclists separated from traffic?

The protected bikeway is separated from travel lanes by delineators/bollards in a buffer zone. Parking on the west side of the buffer provides people riding bikes with added separation from moving traffic.

How are people riding bikes protected from car doors suddenly opening?

The design of the bikeway includes a buffer zone of striping and vertical plastic delineators positioned in areas away from car doors.

Can I walk across the bikeway?  

Yes, you may walk across the bikeway to access your parked vehicle or when crossing the street at a crosswalk. Remember to look both ways when crossing the bikeway and yield to on-coming bicyclists. Please use the sidewalk when walking parallel to Broadway. Walking and jogging within the bikeway for recreational purposes is not allowed.

What happens at intersections and driveways?  

At signalized intersections, all roadway users will follow the signals. At all unsignalized intersections, motorists must yield to bicyclists and pedestrians. Bicyclists must also yield to pedestrians. Everyone should use caution and show respect while on the road.

How should bicyclists turn across Broadway? 

There are two ways to turn across Broadway from the bikeway. One way is called a two-stage turn: stop at the stop line at an intersection and wait for the light at the cross street to turn green. The other way is to get out of the bikeway in advance of the intersection and merge over to the right side when it is safe to do so.

How is the parking affected? Has parking been removed?

The on-street parking on the east side has been moved away from the curb, with the majority of the parking remaining. A few parking spaces were removed on each block to provide visibility between people riding bikes and people driving cars. People driving cars will park on the outside of the bikeway, walk across the bikeway, and pay at the meters on the sidewalk. Parking along the west side of Broadway has not been affected.

What design features have been incorporated into the study to minimize conflicts between bicyclists and left turning motorists? 

Multiple traffic features have been incorporated to increase awareness and safety at intersections and conflict zones.

  • Bicycle and Left Turn Signals: All signalized intersections in the study have bike signals and left turn signals. This will stop people turning left in cars when people riding bikes are traveling through the intersections. The signals will stop people riding bicycles when people driving cars are turning left.
  • Painted conflict zones:  Intersections and driveways without traffic signals will have painted green striping to show it is a potential conflict zone between motorists and bicyclists. Everyone must use caution when entering the green paint area.
  • Signs: Signs stating "Left Turning Vehicles Yield to Bicycles" are installed at intersections without traffic signs. “Two-Way Bike Traffic” signs are posted at driveways to remind drivers to look both ways for bikes before entering the roadway.

What does the green paint mean? Why is it green?  

Green paint is used at all driveways and intersections to signify an area where a higher degree of caution is necessary. It shows where motorists can cross the bikeway. Both bicyclists and motorists entering this area must exercise caution. Green is the color that has been approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration for use in bikeways.


About the Study Process

Why is the City doing a study?

To evaluate safe operation of a bikeway and other mobility changes along Broadway before making any major capital investments in infrastructure.

Why a study? Why not build a bikeway along the entire length of Broadway?  

While this is a fiscally conservative approach towards implementing a bikeway along the Broadway corridor, the design and construction of a corridor-long bikeway will take several years to develop. The implementation of the current Broadway Bikeway will help the project team learn much more about the operation of a two-way bikeway along a one-way street as well as help to inform the design of a corridor-long facility.

 How much does this project cost?

It cost about $100,000 to install the bikeway. Design and evaluation of the bikeway is estimated to cost about $350,000. The full capital investment to realize the vision of a full corridor bicycle facility is estimated at $5 million. This study is intended to ensure future investments are effective from a cost and usage perspective.

How is the City paying for this study?  

The money to pay for this project comes out of the City’s 2016 budget for bicycle infrastructure.

How is the study project being evaluated?

The City has been working with multiple agencies and stakeholders to develop monitoring metrics. Download the Goals and Measures report (PDF)

Is measuring the number of users planned for this? If so, do you have the details for it?

Measuring the amount of people using the Broadway Bikeway is important, but it is only one of many data points we are collecting as part of this study. See the full set of performance measures in the Goals & Measures report (PDF)

About Protected Bikeways

What is a protected bikeway?  

A protected bikeway is an exclusive bike facility that provides a separated path in the street. A protected bikeway is physically separated from motor vehicle traffic and also distinct from the sidewalk. Protected bikeways have different forms but all share common elements—they provide space that is intended to be exclusively or primarily used by bicycles, and are separated from motor vehicle travel lanes, parking lanes, and sidewalks. In situations where on-street parking is allowed, protected bikeways are located to the curb-side of the parking (in contrast to bikeways).

Why build protected bikeways? 

By separating bicyclists from motor vehicle traffic, protected bikeways can offer a higher level of comfort than typical bike lanes and are attractive to a wider spectrum of the public.

 Are there other cities that have protected bikeways?

There are almost 300 protected bikeways across the United States. This type of infrastructure has been popular in European countries for decades. Watch the video created by People for Bikes for examples of existing protected bikeways in the U.S.