Originally Posted by sagehen47
Its not about building a "superhighway" exactly in the mold of what cophenhagen does, but rather intentionally selecting certain corridors for more substantial upgrades than simply striping a bike line. For one, 16th av has pretty poor pavement and it would be great to have a nice smooth ribbon from downtown to city park. As for how to do it on 16th, how bout implementing some sort of visual scheme, like colored pavement, to indicate its the main bike corridor in that area. Perhaps lower the speedlimit, or even build bike lanes on one half of the street that are separated from a narrow local access road for cars. Thats what they're doing all over Europe, New York (where I moved a few days ago) and now SF and other places. I don't think Denver has a very visionary plan for bike infrastructure.
They just repaved the 'bad' part of 16th ave from park ave to Lincoln, and IMO none of it is a choppy ride at this point. It gets choppy when you transition over to the mall and Cleveland Pl, but you should be going slow on the transition part anyway due to mall traffic.
What aspects of the Denver moves plan is lacking in your opinion?
In my opinon it's that it needs more cycle tracks (bike lanes physically separated from road lanes), but based on my interaction with those involved cycle tracks are what most of those corridors marked as 'under further study' are intended to be. 15th street should get a seperated bike facility soon once the kinks are all worked out.
I think we have plenty of bike boulevards (slowing cars down) in the Denver Moves plan.
Personally, I am not sold on the painting the pavement green that Portland, Chicago and other cities have been doing. The painting the pavement different colors may help the cyclist in confusing places where it changes alignment at intersections or at bike boxes, but beyond that I think it's a waste of money.