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Denver aims to make biking on Broadway safer in 2023

Denver aims to make biking on Broadway safer in 2023

Luke Johnson, president of the Broadway Merchants Association, talks with City and County of Denver Department of Transportation & Infrastructure executive director Adam Phipps while…

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Luke Johnson, president of the Broadway Merchants Association, talks with City and County of Denver Department of Transportation & Infrastructure executive director Adam Phipps while holding a “Broadway Moves” street sign gifted to him during an event to announce the start of installation of multimodal improvements on North Broadway, from East 7th Avenue to Center Avenue, on Monday, Oct. 10, 2022, in Denver, Colo.. (Timothy Hurst/The Gazette) TIMOTHY HURST/DENVER GAZETTE Biking and walking along Broadway between 7th and Center avenues should be far more accessible in 12-18 months, according to City of Denver officials.

Denver’s transportation department kicked off its Broadway multimodal improvements project with a celebration. District 7 Councilman Jolon Clark said the improvements were "a long time coming."

The program aims to improve to the corridor with safety top-of-mind. That’s for all traveling along the major north/south arterial road, pedestrians, cyclists and scooter riders included. The 1.5-mile improvement area will include a two-way, protected bike lane, upgraded traffic signals, and shortened crossing distances for pedestrians.

The Elevate Denver Bond covered much of the cost for the $14.3 million project, with a $9.6 million grant coming from the Safer Main Streets Initiative.

"This work will further our Vision Zero goal to eliminate fatal and serious injury crashes along the corridor and provide more and better options for people to access and enjoy Broadway without a car," Adam Phipps, the executive director of Denver’s Department of Transport and Infrastructure, said. "This Broadway facility will be an important new addition to the bike network."

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