The Bike Streets Plan
Phase 1: The June 2018 Experiment
1. DESIGN A BETTER BIKE MAP USING LOW-TRAFFIC SIDE STREETS.
What's the main reason more people don't bike to work? Because it's scary out there. Bike lanes on MLK with cars whizzing past at 45 miles an hour? No thanks.
Bike Streets is a brand-new map, designed from the ground up. The map is a tightly connected network, mostly of side streets that minimize exposure to cars. Traffic on these streets is usually local and slow-moving.
2. GET 10,000 PEOPLE TO PLEDGE TO RIDE TWICE A WEEK IN June 2018.
Riding with other people creates a sense of community and solidarity so you're not just one lonely urban warrior. When lots of people ride, it feels like something anyone can do, whether you're headed to work, dinner, a brewery, or church.
Strength in numbers is also about making a statement. The more people that ride, the louder the statement we'll make that riding a bike to get around is a reasonable thing to do.
3. ENJOY THE COMMUTE IN June. Prove that people want to bike. Make a statement.
Riding on Bike Streets is delightful. It means no more traffic jams and less stress. You'll get to your destination invigorated and ready for action.
By riding en masse, we'll show the city that now is the time to invest in biking as a real, viable way for people to get around. Paint and signs on Bike Streets (see Phase 2 below) will be cheap. Rebuilding I-70: not so much.
Phase 2: The Future
4. GET COMMUNITY FEEDBACK AND REFINE THE MAP.
Our first order of business is to make Phase I a success. During and after Phase I, we'll talk to riders, neighbors, local business owners, and officials about what's good, bad, and ugly about The Experiment.
We'll use that feedback to refine the Bike Streets Map, try to broaden the appeal of riding a bike to get around, and make Bike Streets a permanent thing that people do on an ongoing basis, well beyond June 2018.
5. BUILD THE COMMUNITY TO 100,000 WEEKLY RIDERS BY 2020.
We believe that as more people start to ride a bike for transportation, even more will want to give it a try. As more people get into riding, the more we'll be able to influence public policy to support the investments in infrastructure that will convince yet more people to ride.
In short, we seek to create a network effect: a virtuous circle in which more riders leads to more riders, which leads to even more riders, and so on.
6. Get the city of denver involved.
With a map and community of active riders in place, we believe the City of Denver, which has already shown its desire to be more bike-friendly, will be eager to make nominal investments to broaden the appeal of riding a bike around town.
It won't take much: paint and signs will go a long way. Imagine 15 MPH speed limits on Bike Streets, paint lining the routes to alert drivers to the presence of bikes, local-traffic only signs, bike crossing signals at major streets, and more.
Sign up to ride in June
Register to ride on Bike Streets twice a week in June 2018
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