Denver’s 14th Street to get protected bike lane

20160505__Bike_lanes_new_Denver-p1From The Denver Post

Project should take a couple months this summer to enhance existing bike lane.

Denver soon will be a little more bicycle friendly with protected bike lanes on 14th Street that should be complete by fall.

Construction is expected to begin mid summer and cost roughly $400,000 with money — including design and construction — coming from the city’s Denver Moves bicycle implementation plan in the 2015-16 budget. The lane was approved for an upgrade in 2014.

The city held an open house this week to showcase the protected lane.

It will replace an existing bike lane on 14th Street and run between Market Street and Colfax Avenue. The lane will provide access to the Cherry Creek Trail and bikeways at Lawrence, Arapahoe, Welton, Glenarm, Champa, Bannock and Tremont streets.

“As the city grows, our goal is to continue to provide more viable travel options to residents,” said Denver Public Works spokeswoman Heather Burke. “This includes enhancing Denver’s bike network with low-stress connections to help people get around the city with greater ease.”

The lane will run along the right side of the street as traffic flows toward Colfax from Market. Parked cars and short sections of concrete curb will separate bikers from traffic.

The 14th Street protected bike lane will serve riders much in the same way as the 15th Street bike lane, but it will provide a better option for those moving away from Lower Downtown toward Colfax. It will be the fourth protected bike lane through downtown.

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