Denver’s Marion Parkway could have protected bike lane by summer 2020

The latest plan puts protected bike lanes with a low concrete barrier in the median and not along the sidewalk. The city did so to prevent cyclists from interacting with parked cars and to avoid rush hours at Steele Elementary.

“We evaluated all of the conflicts along the corridor, we counted that up, how many interactions a bicyclist might have with a vehicle, and when we did that math, there’s many fewer conflicts if we do it along the median,” said Denver Public Works’ Senior Planner, Sam Piper.

He added that they plan to use a low concrete barrier, similar to curb height, to keep a low profile.

Marion Parkway between Bayaud and Virginia is a high traffic cycling area. While some residents worry about aesthetic, others worry about the increased bike volume a protected lane might bring.