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Denver Moves: Neighborhood Bikeways

Denver Moves identifies neighborhood bikeways (NBWs, formerly known as bicycle boulevards) as streets that give priority to non-motorized users.

The roadway design, signage and traffic calming measures are designed to emphasize multimodal travel, discouraging through traffic for motorized vehicles while preserving local access needs for residents.


Through the Denver Moves planning process, Department of Transportation and Infrastructure identified the Garfield Street corridor for development as a neighborhood bikeway to prioritize multimodal north/south movement between City Park and the Cherry Creek Trail. The feasibility study was conducted in 2015-16 and the project is being designed in two phases. 

See news & updates on the Garfield Street NBW

PHASE 1 STATUS: Design Concluding — Phase 1 of this project will install multimodal improvements and traffic calming measures at the intersections of E 17th Avenue, Alameda Avenue, and Dakota Avenue at Cherry Creek Drive North. Design will be completed in Fall 2019 and construction is expected to be completed in 2020.

PHASE 2 STATUS: Design  — The second design phase will recommended improvements at the intersections of 1st Avenue, 6th Avenue, and Bayaud Avenue, as well as Neighborhood Bikeway striping and wayfinding for the entire corridor from City Park to Cherry Creek. 

  • February 2021 - Design Complete
  • 2021 – Construction Begins (funding pending)

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.

Learn more about the W 35th Avenue NBW

Denver Moves: Bicycles proposed 26th Street between Blake Street and Washington Street as a neighborhood bikeway, which would include design features to increase comfort of people bicycling and walking. This 0.7 mile corridor is mostly residential and connects several neighborhoods.  Design and construction is funded through the Elevate Denver Bond Program approved by Denver voters in 2017.

A feasibility study was completed in 2018.

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

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.




In 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.