Originally Posted by chennai
I agree: Denver is proud to be cycling friendly city. Perhaps that's the main reason I am confident and optimistic.
I'm also confident and optimistic because times have changed for cycling, and I think the city "gets it."
As you say, we will see.
And who, exactly, do you think is responsible for Denver being a bicycling friendly city? You have had it in for this bicycle planner for a very long time and I have no idea why. But he has made more then just cursory contributions to bicycling within the City and County of Denver and nationally. To name but a few of his accomplishments:
-'Bike in the house' pavement markings from which Sharrows come. The first of these were painted on the pavement of 47th Ave near Sheridan. Rather then mark continuous lanes, the arrows tell drivers and cyclists that bikes use the road too.
-Detours for construction projects that impact bicycle facilities. If a construction project is planned on a bike way, bike route, bike lane, etc., a detour must be provided, planned and marked. Prior to this innovation, bicycle facilities were just closed.
-New ASHTO regulations in signage and street markings.
-Marked and named routes within the City and County of Denver with maps provided on the street to give the cyclist some indication of where the route goes. Surrounding municipalities have picked up the system on a limited basis and expanded it.
-Regulations (not always followed nor enforced) on the types of bicycle parking racks that are to be used for new construction within the City of Denver.
-Recognition of the hazards of bollards on bikeways and a reduction of their use where possible along with removal of the extended collars that used to be prevalent.
-Changes in drainage grates to eliminate the wheel trapping variety.
-15 years of involvement (often with his own money) for Bike-to-Work Day activities. The Greek Theater breakfast station has been established through his efforts.
-Service on the Governor's and Mayor's advisory boards.
-Pushing to redesign problem areas for better sightlines and less user problems.
-Separating the bicycle and ped traffic along Cherry Creek in the Downtown area for the safety of all facility users.
-Pushing for zoning regulations to accommodate bicycles and riders in new buildings.
-Two and possibly 3 master plans. Some items have not be completed but given the funding environment of Colorado public works projects, that is to be expect and is hardly the fault of one man in a rather large bureaucracy.
-The opening of Pena Blvd to bicycle traffic after we were stabbed in the back by the airport authority. This effort alone took nearly 5 years of work after we were initially told that bikes would be welcome on that road.
-Plus many, many more than can be listed.
You seem to feel that all of this stuff just happened by itself without anyone from the City and County of Denver 'getting it'. They have been 'getting it' for over 15 years...at least one guy in the bureaucracy has been 'getting it'... as the above indicates. Denver has more and better bicycle facilities (bike lanes, bike routes, bikeways, parking, etc.) than any
of the surrounding cities...including Boulder!
Denver had a strong program that has done amazing things considering that it is a one man operation in a very car-centric shop with very limited budgets. Now that he is gone, I'm sure you'll get change...just not the kind you want. I see no one pushing for a stronger program and the removal of the only person doing the job certainly doesn't say that we are headed in a positive direction.