Verde Brand Communications
Denver Public Works
Indianapolis, IN (April 29, 2014) –Top transportation officials from across the country, including Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and Denver Transportation Director Crissy Fanganello, will headline today’s national kickoff in Indianapolis of an intensive two-year program to build better bike lanes in U.S. cities. The program, the PeopleForBikes Green Lane Project, will work with Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and Seattle to help them build protected bike lanes to create low-stress streets and more vibrant communities. The six cities were chosen in March from more than 100 U.S. cities that submitted letters of interest for the program.
Launched in 2012, the Green Lane Project works with U.S. cities to speed the installation of protected bike lanes around the country. These on-street lanes are separated from traffic by curbs, planters, parked cars or posts to help organize the street and make riding a bike an appealing option for people of all ages and abilities.
Denver will receive strategic and technical assistance from the Green Lane Project in building protected bike lanes, valued at more than $250,000.
One of the nation's most physically active cities, Denver has a solid bike network with its off-road paths and more than 100 miles of bike lanes. The City is now embarking on an ambitious mission to make the street system accessible to more users with a network of bike boulevards and protected bike lanes. As central Denver booms, the Downtown Denver Partnership is encouraging the city to add protected lanes as an economic development strategy to attract tech companies and other employers. The business group has helped fund a master plan for protected lanes downtown that will make Denver a model for other growing Western cities.
“The number one way to attract millennials and tech companies is by adding protected bike lanes in Downtown Denver,” said Tami Door, President & CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership.
Denver is planning a network of protected bike lanes on the west side of downtown to meet goals for mobility, economic development and vibrant city life. During its tenure with the Green Lane Project, the City will improve the 15th Street Bikeway and is currently working on designs for protected bike lanes on 14th and Lawrence Streets. This system of low-stress bikeways will connect residents and visitors to local, regional and national attractions, such as Denver’s Performing Arts Center and Colorado Convention Center and the Cherry Creek Trail.
“In the past two years, the number of protected bike lanes on the ground across the country has nearly doubled,” said Martha Roskowski, PeopleForBikes Vice President of Local Innovation. “Leading U.S. cities like Denver have realized that improving bicycling translates into improving their communities: making the roads safer for all users, attracting new businesses and top talent and encouraging physical activity.”
“Improving bicycle and pedestrian safety is a top priority for the Department, especially as more and more Americans are choosing these options for getting to work, school and other places,” said Secretary Foxx. “The Obama Administration is committed to cost-effective projects like these that will mean improved transportation choices, increased safety and a better quality of life for people in these six cities.”
The Green Lane Project will provide updates on the progress in the six cities, best practices as they are developed and an inventory of protected bike lanes on the ground and planned in U.S. cities at greenlaneproject.org. Other interested cities are invited to use the website to share their plans and progress on building better bike lanes. To learn more, visit greenlaneproject.org or signup to receive the Green Lane Project weekly news.
the Green Lane Project
The Green Lane Project is a program of the nonprofit PeopleForBikes, a movement to unite millions of people to improve bicycling in America. The Project helps cities build better bike lanes to create low-stress streets. It is focused on protected bike lanes, which are on-street lanes separated from traffic by curbs, planters, parked cars or posts.