“BIKEDENVER AND OUR BICYCLE COMMUNITY WERE FRUSTRATED BY THE LACK OF PROTECTED BIKE LANES IN DENVER. WE WANTED TO EDUCATE AND SHOW DENVER WHAT WAS POSSIBLE.” - RYAN McCANN
LESSONS LEARNED In terms of creating demonstration bike lanes, BikeDenver has learned a great deal about materials and process. For example, the organization has found that the metal planters are difficult to haul around; BikeDenver now recommends use of lighter, more moveable barrier elements. The City has also learned a great deal about materials and maintenance at the pilot / interim design time interval. Though the City views the paint and delineators used to create the Arapahoe protected bike lane as a design solution that could be used for years to come, Denver Public Works will continue to evaluate the project on a yearly basis. Denver Public Works has also observed that the flexible delineators last about one year or less. They are expensive to replace, and snow contributes to their degradation. For these reasons, Denver Public Works is considering replacing the delineators with more durable materials 110 · PROJECT APPLICATIONS
such as concrete jersey barriers or flower planters. Winter maintenance is another consideration for the newly-created protected bike lanes and evolving design toolkit: during snowfall, the City plows the Arapahoe bike lane every hour or two using RIght of Way Enforcement Jeeps with plows attached. A protected bike lane specific snow plow has been ordered and will be used in Winter 2016 - 17. The City has also learned a great deal about processes required to support community-led projects in the public right-of-way. To further include demonstration bike lanes into Denver’s project delivery toolkit, the City is creating a formalized Tactical Urbanism policy that provides the framework to allow bike lane projects to evolve along an iterative timeline. In the meantime, the City is continuing to use demonstrations and interim design approaches to
implement bikeway projects where opportunities arise. True to the spirit of Tactical Urbanism, the city isn’t waiting to complete the policy to start implementing the interim designs; they are learning as they go. One example is a recent protected bike lane project on Broadway in downtown Denver — this project began with a three-day demonstration, which the City will follow with an interim design intended to last up to 15 months.
Top left: Arapahoe Street demonstration project (BikeDenver); Bottom left and right: Robust interim design materials (Denver Urbanism).
The only materials and design guidance for Tactical Urbanist demonstration, pilot, and interim design projects. Funded by the James L. Knigh...