South Broadway business owners upset over new bicycle lane

DENVER -- The city is spending big bucks to get more people on bicycles. A number of projects are underway, including a new, two-way protected bike lane on South Broadway.

It's in the testing phase and only been open less than a month, but some area business owners are already upset about it.

The owner of Le Grues flow shop at 476 South Broadway has put up signs that read "Bike lane slowing your commute?" He's asking other people to voice their concerns.

The bike lane goes six blocks from East Bayaud Avenue to East Virginia Avenue. There's a row of parking next to the lane followed by three lanes of traffic and a shared vehicle-transit line.

The city said  the lane is a work in progress, but business owners and neighbors said they feel the improvements are coming at their expense.

"There were 13 spots on our block to park in. Now there are only three," Le Grues owner Ron Vicksman said. "It makes it difficult for people to come in and shop. They'll go elsewhere."

But the city said with the growing population, the bike lanes are needed.

"If we don't do anything, we all are going to be stuck in congestion. We cannot widen our roadways," said Emily Snyder with Denver Public Works.

The trial bike lane will last until November 2017. The city will evaluate it in the next three months to see how they are working.