What kinds of streets do Bike Streets routes use?

When you’re riding on Bike Streets routes, you’ll encounter five main types of riding environments:

  • Neighborhood streets — Quiet, residential streets. We typically find that there are about 5 active cars on these streets per mile, though the circumstances can vary widely depending on which street you’re on and the time of day. There are usually cars parked on both sides of these streets.

  • Protected bike lanes — These are the creme de la creme of the city’s bike network. They typically include a buffer of some sort (concrete, plastic pylons, or just physical space) and a lane of parked cars between bicycles and moving cars. Often at intersections, the buffer and lane of parked cars aren’t present.

  • Unprotected bike lanes / “sharrows” — These tend to be traditional bike lanes or “shared lanes” with the bicycle stencil on the ground that don’t have any physical separation from moving cars.

  • Trails and parks — These are bike trails like the Cherry Creek Trail and park “trails,” which are sidewalks that go through parks. In Denver, you’re allowed to ride your bike on park trails.

  • Ride your bike on the sidewalk — In Denver, unless it’s specified by Public Works, you aren’t allowed to ride your bike on the sidewalk. These segments of the Bike Streets Map are specially designated city sidewalks where you are allowed to ride your bike.

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