Elevate Denver Bond program to generate $18M for 50 miles of new bikeways

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A Denver plan to create 125 miles of new bikeways is being funded in part by the Elevate Denver Bond, which after approval by voters in 2017, will spur $18 million for 50 of those miles.

The new pathways will include dedicated space for drivers and bike riders alike, street designs that are safer for riders and more shared road-friendly and better connections for bikers to reach a variety of Denver locales. The city government also says that, when finished over the next five years, the pathways will leave between 38 percent and 75 percent more households within a five-minute ride of bike facilities.

“Our city’s transportation future must offer everyone more ways to get around using different modes, and improving mobility equity and options for every resident makes everyone’s commute easier,” Mayor Michael Hancock said. “The people of Denver overwhelmingly said ‘yes’ to supporting more mobility options for people to choose from to move about our city, and we are primed and ready to get moving on delivering more high comfort bikeways in neighborhoods that need more options.”

As the city moves forward with plans, they have also set up eight public meetings through May to discuss the eight bond-funded bikeways that will be installed next year.