Denver to begin reopening some shared streets to cars
Two of Denver’s seven stretches of shared streets, which residents have enjoyed during the pandemic, will once again open up to cars, the Department of Transportation and Infrastructures said this week.
The rest will remain largely as they are, at least for a little while longer.
Since social distancing is no longer required, the shared streets program that was meant to give cooped up Denverites more outdoor space is no longer needed, DOTI spokeswoman Nancy Kuhn said. But city officials recognize the program was popular and are looking into making some shared streets a permanent fixture around town.
Changes starting the week of Aug. 16 include the following.
- 11th Avenue from Logan to Humboldt streets.
- Stuart Street from W. 24th to W. 21st avenues.
- Byron Place from Zenobia to Vrain streets is now a permanent neighborhood bikeway with devices in place to slow local traffic.
- Bayaud Avenue from Sherman to Downing streets will keep paint and posts that were added to calm traffic and more upgrades are in the works for the stretch to become a permanent neighborhood bikeway.
- 30th Street from Welton to Larimer streets will also keep paint and posts to calm traffic and become a permanent bikeway.
- Marion Parkway from Virginia Avenue to Downing Street/Bayaud Avenue will have protected bike lanes installed and DOTI will keep existing barricades there until then.
- E. 16th Avenue from Pennsylvania Street to City Park Esplanade will keep barricades until a protected bike lane can be installed next year.
As city officials work to develop the permanent shared street fixtures, Kuhn said they will launch a community engagement process to gather feedback on the initial program and to see which other streets might work well for the program moving forward.
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