The new 15th Street Bikeway is open between Cleveland and Larimer streets in downtown Denver, Mayor Michael Hancock announced at a packed meeting of his Cabinet in the Community on Saturday, September 7 at Teller Elementary School.
It was the mayor’s seventh cabinet session since taking office. He holds them quarterly.
The bikeway on 15th Street dedicates the left lane to bicyclists, the middle lanes to motorists and the right lane to buses.
In the bike lane, a green bike box in the lane is designed to increase the visibility of cyclists at the intersection. It allows them to take their position before the cars, to allow them to move ahead first when the light turns green.
Also, the bike lane is bordered on the right side by a sienna-striped buffer to clearly mark the bike lane from that of the motorists’. The area includes “turn-queue boxes” with a signal that help cyclists who may be turning right. A bike signal also has been installed at 15th and Lawrence streets.
It also has zones where the modes of transportation mix. For example, motorists making a left turn must watch for bicyclists within this area, because they are required to yield to cyclists. Motorists are encouraged to look left before entering the shared space.