Denver receives recognition as bicycle-friendly community

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DENVER — The Mile High City has renewed its status as a bicycle-friendly community as of Wednesday.

It’s the second time Denver has received the Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community award, which acknowledges Denver’s commitment to improving conditions for bicyclists through promoting bicycling, developing infrastructure and instituting pro-bicycling policies.

In addition to rolling out a new bike detection lane, Denver Public Works intends to expand the bicycle network even further in 2015, including plans to:

  • Install 19 more miles of bike lanes and seven miles of sharrows
  • Deliver two more protected bike lanes downtown
  • Open a new pedestrian and bike bridge over I-25 between Colorado and Evans
  • Create the city’s first neighborhood bikeway on Knox Court to prioritize bike travel and increase safety
  • Implement a new bike parking program
  • Update Denver’s bike map
  • Launch the BikeLife Cities Denver magazine

Though the City is proud to receive the silver designation, these plans moving forward are intended to help Denver “go for the gold,” Public Works said in a press release.

The League of American Bicyclists recommended that the City of Denver raise the percentage of people biking and the size of the bike network compared to the transportation network as a whole.

Denver currently has 100 miles of multi-use trails and 170 miles of bike lanes and sharrows. Approximately 10,000 residents ride their bikes to work on a daily basis.

Colorado is ranked seventh most bicycle-friendly in the nation with over 21 bicycle-friendly communities. Fort Collins and Boulder have earned awards for Platinum Level Bicycle Friendly Communities.

The League of American Bicyclists, who assesses communities for these awards, says their vision is a nation where everyone recognizes and enjoys the many benefits and opportunities of bicycling.

More than 800 communities have applied for the award since the program began, but only 350 have been awarded, according to the City of Denver.

To see more Bicycle Friendly Communities as well as the “report card” for the City of Denver, you can visit the League of American Bicyclists’ Award Database.

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