April 14th Meeting

Team Evergreen
Team Evergreen
Wheat Ridge Cyclery

Deer Creek Canyon is a much better ride these days with the installation of a porta potty at Phillipsburg which is halfway up the canyon. Bike Jeffco has to recognize a number of people and organizations for helping to make this happen:

County Commissioner Don Rosier for calling the initial meetings to identify the issues in Deer Creek Canyon.
County Commissioner Casey Tighe for help with setting up the operational agreement.
Jeffco Open Space for allowing us to set this up on public land and donating a bear proof trash receptacle.
Jeffco Transportation and Engineering Division for the design of the facility.
Jeffco Road and Bridge division for the construction of the facility.

Bike Jeffco, Team Evergreen, and Wheat Ridge Cyclery are co-sponsoring the maintenance fees of the facility. There are many riders who will benefit from this facility being in place, and many residents of Deer Creek Canyon will be happier people. Please support our sponsors with your business and your donations.

March 10th Meeting

Many of you may be aware that CDOT is planning to add express toll lanes to the C-470 highway through Douglas County and a small section of Jefferson County east of Wadsworth Boulevard. Construction is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2016.

More Information

This expansion of the freeway will have a profound effect on the enjoyment of riding the existing bikeway parallel to the widened section. Both noise and air pollution will be increased.

As part of the preparation for the project, CDOT has carried out a study to determine the noise impact of the project to residences and other places along the route – including bike trails. Mitigation (e.g. walls or berms) will be considered where the noise impact will increase by 10 decibels or the resulting noise level will exceed 66 decibels. While the full report has not yet been published, analysis maps of the noise impact on nearby residences have been made public. See meeting boards.

These show that the noise impact exceeds the mitigation threshold in a number of places and a sound wall is recommended for some locations. In the majority of the locations where a wall is recommended, the bikeway is INSIDE the wall, i.e. closer to the widened freeway. This will magnify both the increased noise and air pollution to bikeway users.

CDOT has estimated projected noise levels at ‘receptor points’ along the bikeway and at other nearby facilities but has not published them. Bike Jeffco is asking for these to be made available.

Please support Bike Jeffco’s efforts by expressing your concerns about the project and asking for the noise impact results for the bikeway be released as soon as possible. Send your email to the CDOT project director Jerome Estes before March 13th with a copy to me.

The levels of estimated increased air pollution close to the widened freeway have not yet been published.

This bikeway forms a key part of our metro wide network both for recreational and commuting riders. It is one section of the 60 mile Platte/C-470/E-470/Cherry Creek all trail loop.

In contrast to widening the C-470 freeway, the Colorado Public Interest Research group is reporting that the national driving boom is over. In particular, the millennial generation is driving less and using alternative modes such as cycling and transit much more. COPIRG’s Danny Katz will present the details of this major change at our meeting this coming Tuesday, March 10th.

In other news, Bike Jeffco is working to improve bike access to and bike storage at stations on the new Gold and North West rail lines scheduled to open in 2016 to connect Arvada, Westminster and Wheat Ridge with Denver Union station. All the new trains will have platform level access and proper storage for bicycles – avoiding the gymnastic requirements and space limitations of using the current light rail trains with a bicycle.

Lots more to talk about at our meeting:

Tuesday March 10th 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Jefferson County Government Center, Golden, Rooms 1566/1567

See you there!

n Dave Evans

Contacting your state legislators

We are taking the tact of meeting with the state legislators about our local projects. In most instances, these individuals are not the ones that we work with to bring the projects to fruition. We work with the city and county transportation engineers and planners, and with CDOT to help push projects along. At any given time, we often have 15 different projects in the works…not because we are gluttons for punishment, but because you usually can’t get traction on a given project from start to finish in a linear way. Instead, you push a bit here, a bit there until all the planets align and we get a result. We are keeping our representatives and senators informed because transportation is another element of how they represent us. The attached files highlight our current Jefferson County elected officials at the state legislature level.

Besides, it’s great to take the opportunity to get involved. Many things are happening in our county, and YOU can have a voice in their outcome.

February 10th meeting at Jefferson County Court Bldg

Bill 15-081 was introduced into the current session of the Colorado Senate last week. It sought to expand the definition of suitable projects for GOCO (Greater Outdoors Colorado) funding to include the construction of bicycle trails and shoulders. Unfortunately passage of the bill would have violated the State Constitution and it was therefore killed in committee. (The permitted uses of GOCO funding were approved as a constitutional change by Colorado voters in 1992 and therefore cannot be altered without further voter approval).

Likewise, Jefferson County Open Space is funded by a sales tax approved by voter referendum back in 1972. This also specifies exactly how the revenue generated by the sales tax can be spent. Unfortunately, this also excludes most types of hard bike trails.

As we are all well aware, the number of road cyclists in our State, both residents and visitors, has increased tremendously in the last ten years. One has only to look at the strava.com “heat” maps to see the extent of riding in Jefferson County alone. Bike Jeffco’s own count logged almost 1000 riders in Deer Creek Canyon in 12 hours on a Saturday in June 2013.

Despite the growth in ridership, we still have no dedicated regular source of funding for bicycle related projects. The one time Federal Stimulus package of 2009 provided $7M to repair the C-470 bikeway. Shoulders are typically only added to major highway reconstruction projects if the user lobbying is loud enough. The four yearly Federal Transportation Improvement Program (‘TIP’) funding is typically oversubscribed by a factor of three and rarely benefits our area due to our relatively low population density.

As a result, urgent projects such as adding shoulders to unsafe roads such as 32nd Ave west of I-70 and 100th Ave. in Westminster remain on the shelf. At the current rate of funding, the Clear Creek Canyon trail west of Golden may be complete in the next 20-30 years.

On a more positive note, the El Rancho to Genesee bicycle link may receive its final grant to make construction possible this year – only TEN years after the initial proposal by Bike Jeffco.

Clearly, there must be a better way of funding this work. Colorado prides itself on being an ‘outdoor’ State yet our sport, unlike others such as hiking and mtn bike riding, is severely underfunded.

At next Tuesday’s meeting, we’ll discuss what might be done to change this situation.

Related to this, we’ll also talk about how we might better work with our elected representatives to achieve our goals.

The meeting will be held Tuesday February 10th 7:00pm – 9:00pm at the Jefferson County Government Center in Golden.

See you there!

2014….a Good year! 2015….will be a GREAT year for cyclists!

2014 was a great year for Bike Jeffco. We passed a number of major milestones. Hopefully, 2015 will be even better.

Perhaps the greatest achievement is one not  unique to Jefferson and Clear Creek Counties. It is the acceptance of cycling as legitimate mode of transportation by the decision makers. No longer are we a bunch of loonies in lycra. For the first time since the birth of the automobile, the actual miles traveled by auto has diminished. Meanwhile, other modes of transportation, such as transit and cycling have seen increases.

This makes the work of our advocacy group much easier when we have decision makers and planners on our side!

Come to our meeting on January 13th, 7:00pm at the Jefferson County Government Center when we will go over the 2015 plans in detail.

2014 – A Good Year


501(c)(3) Status with the IRS.
Bike Jeffco is now registered as a charitable organization and, as such, all donations to the organization are tax deductible.   We will be putting a DONATE button on this website soon as many people have asked how they can support the work of our all volunteer staff.

First Bike Jeffco Sponsored Rest Area Built
After much negotiation with the Jefferson County Open Space division, our first rest area has been built at Phillipsburg in Deer Creek Canyon. This should be operational by the spring.

Outreach Events
Bike Jeffco provided support to Denver Century participants at the Broomfield rest area.
Bike Jeffco took a booth at the VeloSwap event in October.
We provided local biking info at the Dinosaur Ridge Open Day nearby Red Rocks Park.

Emergency Phone Usage
Two bicycle accidents in Deer Creek Canyon were initially reported from the emergency phones installed there at the insistence of Bike Jeffco.

Bowles Avenue and SW Plaza.
As the County Commissioners rejected the staff proposal to add bike lanes to Bowles Avenue between C-470 and South West Plaza, Bike Jeffco suggested and subsequently got approval for an alternate bike route using lightly trafficked streets to the north of Bowles Ave. The plan includes signing the route and paving a short link from the C-470 bikeway to the new bike route.

As part of the bicycle improvements around South West PLaza, the County installed bike lanes along Cross Drive between Wadsworth Blvd and Bowles Avenue.

Bicycle Friendly Status for Jefferson County.
Bike Jeffco encouraged and subsequently helped complete an application to achieve bicycle friendly status for the unincorporated parts of the County. Though the response was only an honorable mention, the County was encouraged to apply again after making suggested improvements.

Bergen Parkway Improvements
Bike lanes were being installed along Bergen Parkway north of the roundabout to SH-74.

Federal Funding Application
Bike Jeffco has worked with County staff to suggest projects to improve bicycle routes in the County.

The County has applied for funding for the following routes:
1) Provide a bikeway along US 6 from the Christopher Dodge car dealership to the County Admin building. This is part of extending the West Line bikeway from the light rail station at Oak Street to the end of the line.

2) Add shoulders to 32nd Ave between Eldridge and Alkire.
3) Add shoulders to McIntyre between 32nd and 58th Ave.

West Line Bikeway
Though pleased with the establishment of a bike way alongside the West Line light rail between the Platte River trail and Oak Street station, Bike Jeffco produced and submitted a report on safety and signage issues related to the route.
The safety issues have been addressed for the most part.

El Rancho – Genesee Link
Construction of this vital link, first proposed by Bike Jeffco in 2005, has been delayed until at least 2015 as construction costs have increased significantly with the economic recovery.

Clear Creek County
CDOT and Clear Creek County upgraded Squaw Pass Road between the Jefferson County line and Echo Lake Lodge to make it safe for road cyclists. A climbing shoulder was added.
Witter Gulch Road between Upper Bear Creek Road and Squaw Pass Road has been paved to make it arguably the most challenging road climb in the area. It also provides a very fast descent from Squaw Pass Road to Evergreen.
Work continues on the section of Guanella Pass in Park County. from the Clear Creek County border south to Grant.
A chip and seal surface has been added to the recently completed section of Guanella Pass in Clear Creek County. Despite early reports of dangerous riding for road cyclists due to loose gravel, the surface is now ‘clean’ again.

Peaks to Plains Trail
Bike Jeffco supported Clear Creek and Jefferson Counties in their applications for funding to build a 10′ wide multipurpose concrete trail alongside Clear Creek for 11.2 miles west of Golden.
We also made a number of field trips into the Canyon to understand the project better.

Colorado Strategic Highway Safety Plan
Bike Jeffco was represented in the review body for this State plan.



2015 – An Even Better Year?


Bike Lakewood
Bike Jeffco will help form a new subgroup focussed solely on improving bicycle facilities in the City of Lakewood.

Bowles Avenue and SW Plaza
Bike Jeffco will encourage the County to add striped bike lanes to the bike route between C-470 and the mall.
Bike Jeffco plans to work with the mall management company to make the mall, which is currently being upgraded, more bicycle friendly.

Bicycle Friendly Status for Jefferson County.
Bike Jeffco will work with the County to resubmit the application to achieve Bicycle Friendly Community Status.

New Bike Lanes.
The County plans to add bike lanes along McIntyre Street between 44th Avenue and 48th Avenue.
Bike Jeffco will continue to encourage the County to extend the bike lanes south to 32nd Ave. as well as add shoulders to 32nd Avenue between Youngfield Street and Golden.
The County plans to add bike lanes along Chatfield Avenue between Kendall Boulevard and Pierce Street. They are also considering bike lanes along portions of Pierce Street between Bowles Avenue and Chatfield Avenue.

West Line Bikeway
Bike Jeffco will work to improve the signage along and close to the route. We will encourage the City of Lakewood to install a dedicated secton of bikeway between Kipling Street and Oak Street.

El Rancho – Genesee Link
CDOT has assured Bike Jeffco that sufficient funding will be found to allow construction of this link in 2015.

C-470 Widening
Bike Jeffco is concerned that the proposal to add lanes to C-470 between I-25 and Kipling Parkway will degrade the existing bikeway  with regard to noise and pollution. Working with Bicycle Douglas County, Bike Jeffco is producing a proposal of upgrades and safeguards to the bikeway to submit to the design team.

More Rest Areas
Bike Jeffco plans to look at enhancing the new rest area at Phillipsburg and establishing more rest areas at much needed locations on popular routes.

Consistent Signage
Bike jeffco will work with all jurisdictons in the County to establish consistent signage for cyclists showing locations, directions and mileage.


Coal Creek Canyon
Bike Jeffco successfully lobbied CDOT to include shoulders on the section of Coal Creek Canyon (SH72) that is to be rebuilt after it was destroyed in the floods of 2013 – subject to Right of Way and environmental clearances.

Bear Creek Canyon
Bike Jeffco is lobbying CDOT to complete the partial climbing shoulder in Bear Creek Canyon (SH74) west of Morrison to Evergreen.

2016 US Pro Challenge Route
Bike Jeffco plans to organize a group of interested local government bodies to lobby for a new stage through Jefferson and Clear Creek Counties culminating in a mountain top finish in Clear Creek County.

Peaks to Plains Trail
Bike Jeffco would like to see the pace of construction increased on the Jefferson County section in Clear Creek Canyon. We would also like to see an extension planned through Adams County to provide easy access to/from Denver International Airport. This could provide a major boost to bicycle tourism in the State.

Mt Evans Road (SH103)
CDOT plans to resurface the road and add a bicycle climbing lane between Idaho Springs and Echo Lake Lodge.

100th Avenue
Bike Jeffco will continue to lobby the City of Westminster to add shoulders to this dangerous stretch of highway.

RTD Gold Line Bicycle Access
Bike Jeffco will work with interested parties in Wheat Ridge and Arvada to plan access routes to the new rail line to be opened in 2016 and to plan a bike commuter route to downtown Denver.

Golden Gate Canyon Road
Bike Jeffco will continue to lobby for a climbing shoulder between Golden and the County line on this scenic but unsafe road.