From Lowry to Stapleton: Denver plans 2 miles of connected bike lanes and sidewalks

The city of Denver plans to add bike lanes to complete a north-south connection that some cyclists have found lacking on the east side of town.

A biker cruises westbound on 16th Street. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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The city of Denver plans to add bike lanes from Stapleton down to Colfax Avenue and Lowry, making a north-south connection that some cyclists have found lacking on the east side of town.

The new lanes would run along Syracuse Street from 8th Avenue to 26th Avenue, a distance of about 1.7 miles.

The plan includes “conventional” bike lanes, separated by single painted stripes, from 8th Avenue to Montview Boulevard.

The lanes would be set aside by thicker buffers along the faster, busier stretch of road from Montview to 26th, where they would link up with the existing bike-lane network.

An automobile travel lane likely would be removed, reducing Syracuse to two lanes north of Montview. The current recommendations also would require the removal of some street-side parking south of Montview.

The plan also includes $260,000 to widen and install sidewalks along Syracuse.

The design will be finalized this winter and construction is expected in the summer of 2018. You can see a detailed map of the current proposal at the project website. The city also is welcoming comments through an online survey.

An outline of the area where new bike lanes are proposed on Syracuse Street. (City of Denver)
An outline of the area where new bike lanes are proposed on Syracuse Street. (City of Denver)

Correction: $260,000 for sidewalks, not $265,000.

Andrew Kenney

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