Denver is called the Mile High City as it has an average elevation of 5,280 feet above sea level. Despite the elevation, people ride all over the City. Denver really wants to be a great city for bicycling, but it is not there quite yet. Denver is in the process of improving its bicycle transit system, and groups like Bike Denver (BikeDenver.org), Bicycle Colorado (BicycleColorado.org), and the Pedals Project are working with the Mayor’s office to make Denver better for bikes. Denver announced that it joined the Vision Zero Initiative with the goal to eliminate fatalities for cyclists and pedestrians. There was a Valentine’s Party for the Vision Zero Initiative in Denver where people walked, biked and took buses to the Denver City and County Building to support the initiative.
Plans are in place for more protected bike lanes and the City has ideas for safer bicycle commuting; however, there are funding limitations and Denver has not yet made all the changes to its infrastructure to make its roads and urban areas truly bike friendly.
Denver boasts about 850 miles of bicycle paths. The bicycle paths are a great resource to the residents and visitors, but many are in rough shape and need maintenance. Also noteworthy, Denver also has a very good bike share program called the Bcycle and its website is Bcycle.com. The Bcycle is great for visitors who do not have a bike with them on their trip to Denver.
Bicycle commuting as well as road and mountain biking in the Denver Metro area is booming. As more people move to Denver, it is expected that bicycling will be even more popular as the weather is great most of the year for short and long rides.
Denver’s Population is 600,200 and growing
- Bicycle Friendly Community Status: Silver
- Bike infrastructure: Denver has protected bike lanes in place, and plans for more in the future. Currently, you can ride with protection on streets like 14th St., 15th St., Bannock St., Lawrence St., Arapahoe St., and Stout St. Denver also has a few raised protected lanes like in front of the Denver County Court House. Denver also has 39 miles of shared roads marked with sharrows as well as designated bicycles routes throughout Denver. Cyclists also enjoy multi-use trails such as the Cherry Creek Bike Path, 470 Bike Path, South Platte Bike Path and the Bear Creek Bike Path.
- The official scoop: Denver promotes bicycling as a way to reduce congestion and to stay healthy. Several members of the Denver City Council have been seen riding their bicycles to work. There are some great city planners with bicycling backgrounds and there is encouraging future for riding bikes in Denver.
Check out the current state of the cycling infrastructure and future development plans at https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/bicycling-in-denver/infrastructure.html
- Advocacy Groups: Bike Denver (BikeDenver.org), Team Evergreen (TeamEvergreen.org), Bicycle Colorado (BicycleColorado.org).
- Group Rides: Denver Cruisers (DenverCruiserRide.com), Denver Bicycle Touring Club (DBTC.org), Team Evergreen (TeamEvergreen.org), Primal (Primalwear.com), Denver Bicycle Café, Front Rangers Cycling Club (FrontRangersDenver.org)
- Bike Shops: Jinji Cycles, The Urban Cyclist, Two Wheel Feel, Elevation Cycles, Bike Source, Denver Bicycle Café, Campus Cycles, Schwab Cycles, Turin Bicycles, Green Mountain Sports, and Velowood Cyclery.
- Good place for coffee or for a cold one before after or during a bike ride: Denver Bicycle Café, Thump Coffee, Park & Co., Tony P’s, Humble Pie, and Hooked on Colfax.
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