Traffic, bike lane renovations to be expanded on South Broadway

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DENVER — Denver Public Works will move forward with the next phase of design of new and improved travel options along the Broadway corridor.

Among the planned changes are a transition to a 24-hour transit-only lane for buses that will replace the transit lane accessible to other vehicles when it’s not heavily trafficked by buses.

New pavement markings indicating the transit-only lanes will get underway as early as summer and will be studied for roughly a year.

A bikeway stretching from Cherry Creek to Virginia Avenue as well as pedestrian safety improvements will be included in the latest phase of design.

Work on the bikeway is anticipated to begin in September and continue into next year.

The current two-way bikeway will remain in place, even as renovations are implemented.

Denver Public Works said vehicle travel time has not been significantly impacted by the current study.

Before installation of the bikeway, peak period travel time from Colfax Avenue to Interstate 25 was an average of 11 minutes, 50 seconds. Post installation, the average travel time was 6 seconds longer.

Denver Public Works also said more people are riding in the bikeway than on the sidewalk or transit lane.

Not everyone is thrilled with the renovations taking place.

In February, business owners joined forces to air their grievances with the newly placed bike lanes just south of Bayaud Avenue.

Criticism over less street parking is one of the top concerns. Business owners are also worried the new lanes are eliminating some parking spaces in front of their stores and might result in less revenue.

The new lanes are still confusing people, according to cyclists and business owners. Those who like the extra cycling space say it’s a sign of Denver being a progressive city.

Others say the new lanes complicate things for everyone. Critics are signaling the current Broadway layout could be improved.