Walking and Biking In Denver South
Active transportation (cycling or walking) is becoming more popular in the Denver Metro Area as alternatives to driving alone. In fact, according to a recent 2017 State of Utah report, individuals who trade their car trips for walking or cycling can save between $2,235 and $2,730 in annual healthcare costs. New data also shows it doesn’t take large reductions in driving to see major improvements in traffic flow and air quality.
Denver South is fortunate to be bordered by three major cycling paths:
- Cherry Creek Trail(to the north and east)
- The E-470 Bikeway(to the south)
- High Line Canal Trail(to the west)
These trails connect to on-street facilities or roads with limited vehicular traffic to help cyclists complete their commute to and from work, or for recreational usage.
Much of Denver South has wide and comfortable sidewalks with attractive natural landscaping. Instead of driving to lunch, consider choosing a restaurant closer to your work location and walk.
Trip planning Resources
This interactive map provides great bicycle network information including bicycle facilities, local paths, RTD Park & Ride locations and bicycle share stations.
The Strava Heat Map shows which roads cyclists are currently using to get through Denver South. Years and thousands of cycling trips have gone into the selection of these routes. Use this experience and data to help plan your route.
Using both the Strava Heat Map and Bicycle Facilities Map can help you make an informed decision on your route choice.
DSTMA Bicycle Resource
Do you have specific bicycling questions to navigate the Denver South region? Let our DSTMA expert Evangelos Gatseos help. An experienced bicycle racer, Evan has lived and trained in the Denver South region for over 15-years. Contact Evan for some one-on-one route guidance. He will help you plan and even ride along with you to help you find your best route to reach your destination. Reach out and ride with Evan–firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is Your Bicycle Road Ready?
Bicycle shops and retailers are racing to keep up with the current demand for bike inventory. Even the most casual observer will notice more individuals, couples and entire families riding their bicycles. Now is a great time to conduct a quick check on your bike to ensure you are road ready. Biking is also a great activity that will allow you to get outdoors and enjoy the weather while maintaining social distancing.
Here are some great tips from Maureen McCanna at Bicycle Colorado: https://www.bicyclecolorado.org/bike-news/riding-safely/
And if you are a “DIYer” you can do the ABC Quick Check with Denver South’s Evan Gasteos here
There are also plenty of bicycle professionals in Denver South to help you and your family get road ready.
- Bike Source (Highlands Ranch) University and Countyline Road – 303-221- 4840
- Elevation Cycles (Highlands Ranch) University and Countyline Road – 303-730-8038
- Alpha Bicycle Company – Arapahoe Road and Uinta – 303-220-9799
- Giant of Centennial – Arapahoe Road and Peoria – 720-750-5932
Additional Support Material
Smart Cycling Tips from the League of American Bicyclists
Everything from how to fit a helmet to on-the-road tips, the League of American
Bicyclists has a great one-stop shop for all your questions.
With everything from safety tips to local activism, this is a thorough resource compiled by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Before your ride, know your rights and responsibilities under Colorado law.
Pedestrian Information from CDOT
Everyone, at some point in their trip, is a pedestrian — and pedestrians are the most vulnerable users of the transportation system. CDOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian program includes information for everyone.
If you are interested in learning more about how to bring biking and walking programs to your child’s school, check out the Colorado Department of Transportation’s SRTS program page.
In Colorado, Bike to Work Day is typically celebrated on the fourth Wednesday in June. If you are interested in trying a bike commute, this is a great day to start.
M-Bike at Meridian
Residents and employees in the Meridian Metro District have exclusive access to the first mixed-use community bike sharing program in Colorado. M-Bike is flexible and easy to use connecting people to the light-rail station and local amenities.
Interested in combining biking with RTD? Check out RTD’s Bike-n-Ride page, which provides detailed information about how to bring your bike on bus/rail and bike locker options at many stations across the region.
Plan to Bike to Work!
Research Your Route: My Way to Go is a one-stop shop for commute information. You can see what your bike route would look like compared to riding transit or finding a carpool partner.
Detailed Route Research: Bicycle Colorado has complied links for bicycle map and trail information for many jurisdictions. You can find information for your area on this easy-to-search page.
Route Itinerary Planner: Once you have a good idea of the trails and bike routes available to you, you can use Google Maps to create your turn-by-turn itinerary. Simply enter your work address, turn on the navigator, and enter your home address. Once Google has built your driving itinerary, you can click on the “bike” icon tab to convert the itinerary to a bike route.