Skylark Lounge Poster Calls Maimed Bicyclists “Squids,” Directs People Away From Safest Place to Bike on Broadway

A public service announcement from the Skylark Lounge.
A public service announcement from the Skylark Lounge.

The Skylark Lounge wants people on bikes to know two things: The South Broadway bar loves bikes, and also don’t bike on South Broadway.

A Streetsblog reader sent this unfortunate poster our way after seeing it in the Skylark’s window. It appears to be a plea for people on bikes to steer away from the two-way, parking-protected Broadway bike lane that takes people to the business’s front door.

“DON’T BECOME A SQUID,” the poster yells, helpfully explaining that “EMERGENCY ROOM STAFF OFTEN CALL CYCLIST [sic] RUN-OVER BY CARS ‘SQUIDS.'”

The Skylark is at Broadway and Maple, where a driver jumped the curb and crashed through the bar’s front door in 2014, narrowly missing a patron on the patio.

Reps from Skylark did not return a call from Streetsblog.

By narrowing the right-of-way for motor vehicles, the bikeway installed by Denver Public Works reduces the prevalence of dangerous speeding and makes the whole street safer. There’s also a blinking yellow light and a large sign telling drivers turning left off Broadway to yield to people walking and biking. The intersection is inarguably safer than it was without the bike lane.

If Skylark’s managers truly love bikes and the people who ride them, they should welcome this vast improvement for bicycling safety on what used to be a surface highway.

Image: Google Maps
Image: Google Maps
  • JZ71

    “Safer” is relative – both design and traffic volumes matter, and only 20/20 hindsight (aka actual experience, statistics) will give the real answer!

  • garbanzito

    folks at Skylark seem to have had a vendetta because they lost parking for the bike lanes; an interesting lesson in how side issues shape opinions

    their poster is also incorrect — Bannock’s striped lanes turn to sharrows south of First Ave., and the sharrows disappear south of Bayaud (with directional signs to head for Broadway)

  • MT

    But if I only ride on Bannock, I can no longer get to the Skylark…

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