Denver is a city shifting gears. More citizens have become focused on safe, sustainable transportation choices. In response, Denver Public Works is designing, constructing and operating a transportation system that will help people move safely and swiftly around the city. Here is short list of some of the sustainable transportation news that happened over the summer:
- New Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge Over I-25
In July Denver “bridged the gap” over I-25 providing a safer, more convenient connection over I-25. Landing at Cherry Street to the north and RTD’s Colorado Station (light rail transit) to the south, this new bridge is longer than a football field!
- New Denver Bike Map
Denver Public Works has simplified the bike map and made it more compact. It includes the city’s off-street trail system as well as on-street bike facilities, including 39 miles of bike lanes and sharrows that have been added since the map was last updated in 2012.
- Denver Recognized as Bike-Friendly and Walk-Friendly
The League of American Bicyclists has recognized the Mile High City with a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community award! Denver’s efforts to make bicycling easier and more convenient are part of a larger goal to provide residents and visitors with more choices on how to get around town. This summer, Denver Public Works announced new technology at seven intersections that can detect the presence of a bicyclist to trigger a change in the traffic light. Walk Friendly Communities (sponsored by FedEx and the U.S. Dept. of Transportation Federal Highway Administration) has labeled Denver a Gold-level community. Highlights include:
- Interconnected planning efforts (A Pedestrian Master Plan, Strategic Transportation Plan and the Denver Moves Plan)
- A commitment to improving accessibility through the city, 70% of Denver’s intersections have curb ramps on all four corners as well as a program for citizens to request audible pedestrian signals.
- New BikeLife Denver magazine
A quarterly magazine devote to biking events, local bike groups and the latests biking information.