US 36 Bikeway: New “Highway for Cyclists”

The bicycle route from Boulder to Denver is about to get safer and simpler, providing a direct commuter highway for bicyclists.  An 18-mile bicycle corridor is being constructed from Table US 36 BikewayMesa Station in Boulder to 80th Avenue in Westminster. The 12-foot wide bikeway features protective barriers from motorists, underpasses and way finding signage, making a bicycle commute along US 36 much safe and easier.

The first portion of the US 36 bikeway opened June 24, 2015. Phase I of the US 36 Express Lanes Project includes an 11-mile portion of the US 36 Bikeway opening from Westminster to Louisville/Superior. The remaining 7-mile segment to Table Mesa Station will open in Spring 2016.

094cr36 Commuting Solutions has advocated for the US 36 Bikeway in conjunction with the Colorado Department of Transportation and local governments since the 1990’s.  A commuter bikeway was one recommendation for multi-modal access included in the US 36 Environmental Impact Statement.

The US 36 Bikeway ties into local bicycling facilities and connects to the six US 36 RTD Stations. There will also be way finding signage to guide bicyclists to existing bike paths and trail systems within the corridor. Those using the US 36 Bikeway will be able to safely travel through intersections via the following underpasses:

92nd Avenue

BNSF Railroad

120th Avenue

East Flatiron Circle

West Flatiron Circle

88th Street

McCaslin Boulevard

Avista Hospital

Westminster Boulevard

Uptown Avenue

Wadsworth Parkway

East of Davidson Mesa

Interlocken Loop

Coal Creek

Cherryvale Road

South Boulder Creek

The remaining places where bicyclists will cross at signalized intersections include Sheridan Boulevard/88th Avenue and Church Ranch Boulevard/104th in Westminster.

The Bike 36 Map includes bicycle facilities such as bike lanes and multi-use paths that connect with the US 36 Bikeway as you navigate your way through local communities in the Northwest region.

The following photos show the US 36 Bikeway under construction:

Constructing the US 36 Bikeway US36Bikeway

 

Resources:

Video of a cyclist on US 36 Bikeway
Bike 36 Online, Interactive Map
US 36 Bikeway Fact Sheet