Project Update – May 2017
The Broadway Bikeway 3-Month Evaluation document is now available for download.
Denver Public Works is planning to look at new and improved travel options for people who work, live, play, and commute along the Broadway corridor. Additional efforts will be getting underway in the next few months:
- Building upon feedback received during the Broadway/Lincoln Corridor Study, Denver Public Works, in coordination with RTD, will be studying enhancements to transit service along Broadway. This includes transitioning the existing peak-only transit-only lane to a 24-hour transit lane, as well as implementing service changes that could increase the efficiency of travel by bus. These changes, including new pavement markings for the transit-only lane, will get underway as early as this summer and will be studied for about a year.
- The City will also be moving ahead with the next phase of design for multimodal travel along Broadway, including bikeway and transit enhancements that would stretch from Virginia to Cherry Creek as well as pedestrian safety improvements. The design effort is anticipated to kick-off in September of this year and continue into 2018. Money to construct the full suite of improvements has not yet been identified.
While both of these efforts get underway in 2017, Denver Public Works will keep the current two-way bikeway in place and continue its evaluation work. Data collected the first three months of the bikeway study shows, among other things:
- Vehicle travel time has not been significantly impacted by the bikeway study. Before installation of the bikeway, peak period travel time from Colfax to I-25 was an average of 11 minutes, 50 seconds. Post installation, the average travel time was 11 minutes and 59 seconds.
- More people are now riding bikes in the bikeway than on the sidewalk or transit lane, which is safer for people on bikes and people walking on the sidewalk.
- “I feel safer” was the #1 survey response from people walking and biking in the study area.
Throughout the study process, Denver Public Works has worked collaboratively with the community and adjacent business owners along the bikeway on adjustments and improvements that could be made, including more on-street parking spaces and loading zones. More results of a three-month data report out is attached above.
Denver Public Works will continue to receive input from the public on the bikeway study and seek community input on design of an enhanced facility. Project goals for the Broadway bikeway study remain the same:
- Everyone arriving to their destinations safely
- Continued collaboration with the community and businesses
- Providing new mobility options for everyone.
Give us feedback about your experience in the Broadway through the online survey.
To learn more about how to use the bikeway on Broadway review the education flier.
The following videos will help answer some frequently asked questions. Download the video transcript.
Why is the City doing this project?
To evaluate safe operation of a bikeway and other mobility changes along Broadway before making any major capital investments in infrastructure.
Emily Snyder, Denver Public Works Transportation & Mobility
What is the City installing?
The City and County of Denver is installing a two-way parking protected bikeway between Bayaud and Virginia.
Dan Raine, Denver Public Works Transportation & Mobility
How do I provide input on the project?
Dan Raine, Get Involved
What happens next?
The City plans to monitor the project for 15 months. After 3 months of data collection and evaluation, the City will confirm the continuation of the study. During the study, the City will collect data to understand the safety and mobility changes that occur for all modes of travel. The City will announce next steps for the project in February 2017.