Road Diet Alert Denver: Why Is Peña Boulevard A Bike Route? And Does Anyone Actually Use It?

When Steve Lundt makes his daily commute from northeast Denver to work in Commerce City, he does what most safety-conscious cyclists do: he rides on low-trafficked side streets and paths.

One of Denver’s designated bike routes has always puzzled him, though: Peña Boulevard, the busy four- to eight-lane highway (that will be even wider) that connects Interstate 70 to Denver International Airport.

“Why is there a bike lane on the shoulder of Pena Boulevard out to DIA, and does anyone use it?” Lundt asked Colorado Wonders.

Let’s take those one at a time.