An extensive effort to expand the bike route and bike lane infrastructure of the City of Denver is about to enter a new phase with work on two projects.
One will see the building out of new bike lanes along busy Marion Street, about 7 miles to the northeast of downtown Denver.
The second project will see work on Central Park Boulevard, also on the northeast side of the city.
Denver’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure has now issued a Request for Proposals, with a submission deadline of November 5, for both projects.
As part of a larger effort launched in 2011 and called Denver Moves Bicycles, work on the two projects will include the removal of existing stripping, new tubular markings, cast-in-place concrete curbs, vertical delineator posts, rubber curbs, and traffic calming devices.
It is expected that the construction costs for both projects could come in at around $1.3 million.
The Denver Moves Bicycles initiative has been gradually carving out new protected bike lanes, neighborhood bikeways, and multi-use trails throughout the city.
According to a survey conducted by the city, some 60 percent of respondents said they were interested in biking, but concerned about the lack of riding space, particularly in more vehicle-congested parts of Denver.
As planned, the city hopes to have completed 125 miles of newly-built bike lanes and routes by the end of 2023.
By Garry Boulard
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