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Bike lane installation on South Broadway in Denver

DENVER — The experimental bike lanes on South Broadway will remain in place for another year, Denver Public Works officials announced this week.

The two-way protected bikeway was installed about four months ago and runs six blocks from East Bayaud Avenue to East Virginia Avenue.

The bikeway is next to the sidewalk. There’s a row of parking in the next lane, then three lanes of traffic and the shared vehicle-transit line.

Some area business owners complained the bikeway reduced the number of parking spots along that stretch of South Broadway.

Denver Public Works said it has “worked collaboratively with the community and adjacent business owners … on adjustments and improvements,” and made changes in October to provide more on-street parking spaces and loading zones.

Officials said early data suggest more people are riding in the bikeway instead of on the sidewalk and that drivers are still using Broadway to get to their destinations.

According to the statement released Tuesday, 62 percent of people who have responded to the city’s online survey said they liked the bikeway.

Denver Public Works said that over the next year, officials will go door to door to talk to business owners about their concerns once a month and continue to gather input from the public.

Over the next year, Denver Public Works will continue to receive input from the public, perform monthly door-to-door outreach along the corridor and participate in Broadway Merchant Association meetings.

Feedback can be provided at DenverMovesBroadway.

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