Recently over fifty Denver residents joined the American Heart Association and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock in an event to celebrate the opening of two new protected bike lanes in the downtown area. Three protected bike lanes are now open downtown with more to come! This was a result of increased funding in the 2015 budget for multi modal transportation initiatives. In addition to unveiling the bike lane, Mayor Hancock also announced the passage of the 2016 budget which included $7.1 million for biking and walking and multi modal infrastructure.
It's advocates like you who stepped up and sent emails to the city council and attended budget hearings to show support for this community investment. With this funding dedication, Denver residents will soon be able to experience an optimal bikeable and walkable city.
The transportation investments include:
-Funding for a one full-time planner to head a "citywide, strategic approach to pedestrian infrastructure."
-$2.2 million to continue buildout of the city’s bicycle network
-Seven full-time employees dedicated to installing bike-ped infrastructure.
-$1 million for preliminary design work for bus rapid transit on East Colfax Avenue.
-Funding to create a citywide transit plan.
-Funding for two neighborhood traffic calming plans.
-$320,000 for eight (8) "enhanced multimodal crosswalks" in the city.
-$200,000 to study turning 21st Street near Coors Field into a "festival street" - an active public realm which includes expanded streetscapes, pedestrian seating areas, bike corrals, special event areas, etc