New bicycle lanes installed in downtown Denver

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DENVER -- With more bicycles on the roads, one unfortunate consequence is the number of auto vs. bike collisions will rise.

As a result, more cities have been designating bike-only lanes, with mixed reviews.

“It’s better than not having any bike lanes, I guess,” one biker said.

“I’m surprised a lot more of them haven’t been hit,” another said.

In Denver, work is underway on the first parking-protected bike lanes.

“A parking-protected bike lane is when a row of parking provides a buffer to separate the bicyclist from the vehicle traffic,” said Heather Burke from Denver Public Works.

The new bike lanes will be on Arapahoe and Lawrence streets, from the Auraria campus up to 24th Street.  The project will cost around $750,000 and should be completed by mid-November.

“We’re not taking away any travel lanes and we’re really just trying to make it more safe and comfortable for all modes of transportation,” Burke said.

Walk, ride, car or fare, Denver just wants you safe out there.

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