US 36 Bikeway

US 36 BikewayThe 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 Mesa Station in Boulder to 80th Avenue in Westminster. The 12-foot wide bikeway features protective barriers from motorists, grade-separated crossings and way finding signage, making a bicycle commute along US 36 much easier.

The first portion of the US 36 bikeway will open June 24, which is also Bike to Work Day. 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 early 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 along the corridor that came from the US 36 Environmental Impact Statement.

The US 36 Bikeway ties into local bicycling facilities and connects to the six RTD Stations along the US 36 corridor. There will also be wayfinding 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 grade-separated crossings:

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 map below shows grade-separated crossings and a dotted line to mark the US 36 Bikeway.

The following photos show the US 36 Bikeway under construction:

Constructing the US 36 Bikeway US36Bikeway

 

Resources:

Bike 36 Online, Interactive Map

US 36 Bikeway Fact Sheet