After Denver Public Works installed the Arapahoe and Lawrence Street bike lanes in 2015, people who used them felt safer, and a lot more people biked on the streets. That's according to early results from a Denver Public Works study documenting the effects of the city's first parking-protected bikeways [PDF].
To have the Post tell it, widening an interstate through city neighborhoods is actually a community connector, a jobs program, an affordable housing solution, an investment in our children, and a boon for outdoor recreation. That must be why so many cities are solving their problems these days by spending billions of dollars on traffic-generating, sprawl-inducing highway expansion projects.
The report, which examined the turn-of-the-century expansion of I-25 known as T-REX, says that these managed lanes would expand the capacity of the corridor for everyone while providing a "congestion-free" option for drivers and better transit for people who don't drive — without a widening that would be financially and physically impossible.
Mayor Michael Hancock finalized his preferences for what he wants to see funded by a bond initiative heading to voters in November, and a lot of good walking, biking, and transit projects made the cut. So did $101 million for long-neglected road maintenance — about 24 percent of all transportation funding on the list.