Arapahoe Street Bike Lane Ranks Seventh Among 2015 Bike Lanes

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The national bike advocacy group People for Bikes is pretty much the Zagat of bike infrastructure, and they’ve rated Denver’s Arapahoe Street bike lane the seventh-best bike lane installed in the country this year.

Here’s more from the Boulder-based organization:

If only these plastic posts could talk. This one-mile project was languishing as a line on a map until the Downtown Denver Partnership business advocacy group, inspired by a trip to Copenhagen and a wave of demand for better biking among downtown tech firms, rallied public support by creating a one-day demo and leading a successful crowfunding campaign that kicked off with an anchor donation from oil company Anadarko, among others.

The $36,000 raised through Ioby.org convinced Denver leaders that the public had their back. With their green light, city staff threw themselves into Arapahoe and its couplet street with a passion, rethought their bidding process and cut the ribbon this month, less than a year after approval. Like Queens Boulevard, it’s a national model for quick-build street projects.

The protected bike lane on Arapahoe, which is parking-protected along some blocks, is easily Denver’s most complete on-street route for people on bikes — even if the city did water it down following a happy ribbon cutting.

Western Avenue in Cambridge, Massachusetts took top honors, with Salt Lake City’s innovative protected intersection coming in second. Also notable: The Fifth Street bike lane in Pueblo ranked eighth — just one spot behind Colorado’s biggest city. You can check out the full list for yourself.

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