Work begins on downtown Denver bike lane, snarling traffic on Arapahoe

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New bike lane on Arapahoe Street in Denver.

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DENVER — Work began Tuesday morning on a new bike lane that will likely snarl traffic in downtown. It’s part of the project to make the city more bike-friendly and safer for people on two wheels.

The new configuration on Arapahoe Street between 16th and 17th streets will have a designated parking lane next to the buffered bike lane and that bike lane is up against the curb, meaning bike riders will not be right up against traffic.

The parking meters will remain on the sidewalk but drivers will have to walk across the bike lane to get to the meters.

The project is similar to what was tried in Boulder earlier this summer, but unlike the Boulder bike lanes, this will not cut down on the traffic lanes.

The work began Tuesday morning and will continue until about 5 p.m. Thursday, and Arapahoe will be reduced to one lane for concrete work.

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