While Arvada, Golden and Lakewood continue to add bicycle lanes to make their cities even more bicycle friendly, Jefferson County Commissioners Rosier and Griffin have shown reluctance to follow suit by adding bicycle lanes to Bowles Avenue – a key East West route connecting residential areas and activity centers that is currently unsafe for bicyclists.
Analysis by County staff has shown minimal degradation in the level of service to motorized vehicles by making these additions.
Many years ago, area residents voted to pay a local sales tax for transportation improvements including road widening and new bicycle facilities. Drivers have enjoyed the widening of Bowles Avenue for a number of years yet some of our County Board are hesitant to implement the bicycle part of the agreement.
This short sightedness is contrary to the current trend in transportation thinking away from the dominance of the single occupancy automobile to a more balance multi-modal approach of pedestrians, bicyclists, public transportation and automobiles.
The County has organized an Open House to show the project plans:
Wednesday, December 4th 4:30pm – 7:30pm
Dakota Ridge High School
13399 West Coal Mine Avenue, Littleton
This is a key policy battle that could dictate the future expansion of bikeways in the County. Even if you do not ride in the S. Jeffco area, please attend and show your support for better bike facilities throughout the County. Our success depends on you.
‘In other news’, anyone who has ridden the new bikeway, parallel to the ‘W’ light rail line between Oak Street station and the South Platte River trail will have experienced the navigational and occasionally physical challenges associated with riding this route. Bike Jeffco is working with the City of Lakewood to correct the problems.
At the recent County Transportation Advisory and Advocacy Group meeting, attended by everyone in transportation administration in the County, the wider problem of bikeway signage was raised. While Denver and Littleton have their designated ‘D’ and ‘L’ routes respectively, Jeffco is sadly lacking.
Do we need ‘J’ routes? Should we expand the ‘D’ route system which already leaks into Jeffco?
Should we post the major climbs in the foothills with stats of length/gradient/altitude as they do in Europe?
At our December meeting, bring your ideas of what you would like to see – or details of what you have seen elsewhere.
The meeting will be held at the Jefferson County Administration & Courts Building, Tuesday December 10th, 7:00pm – 9:00pm.
See you there.
n Dave Evans
n Chair Bike Jeffco