DENVER — More people are choosing bicycles as a way to get around, and Denver is no different.
The Downtown Denver Partnership wants to add a fourth protected bike lane in downtown on Arapahoe Street. It would be like the one on 15th Street that opened a few months ago, but the partnership needs to raise at least $35,000 to do it.
Protected bike lanes are on streets that are separated from traffic by curbs, plants, posts or other barriers. The Partnership says it needs to raise $35,000 to add to a $120,000 donation from the Gates Family Foundation and the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District.
It wants to create a more bicycle-friendly downtown to cater to all types of riders. This week, bike enthusiasts encouraged the Partnership to create the protected lane, pointing out the bicycle industry brings $1 billion to the state’s economy and about 8,000 downtown Denver employees bike to work every day.
The Partnership is raising the money online and so far it has collected $1,500.