• More Colorado Cycling Innovation: The US 36 Bikeway is an 18-mile “Highway for Cyclists”

    by  • August 23, 2016 • Bicycle Friendly Places, Transportation Trails • 4 Comments

    The "US 36 Bikeway" is a totally separate bicycle highway connecting Boulder and Denver in Colorado.

    The “US 36 Bikeway” is a totally separate bicycle highway connecting Boulder and Denver in Colorado.

    I continue to be impressed with bicycling innovation in and around Boulder, Colorado and – on another recent trip to see the grandkids – I discovered more remarkable infrastructure. It’s called the “US 36 Bikeway.”

    Imagine a 12-foot bikeway parallel and separate from I-95, connecting Claymont (train station), Wilmington (train station and DART routes) and the Rt. 896 exit to Newark.  That’s what this US 36 Bikeway is like.  US 36 is the main limited access highway between Denver and Boulder and, for 18 miles, there is – right alongside it – a separate 12-foot, paved, shared use path.

    Signs along the way identify direction (towards Boulder) and the access roads (Cherryvale is on one of my favorite bike loops out of Boulder). According to US 36 Commuting SolutionsThe US 36 Bikeway ties into local bicycling facilities and connects to the six US 36 RTD [regional bus] Stations. There is also wayfinding signage to guide bicyclists to existing bike paths and trail systems within the corridor.

    Check out my other articles on cycling in Colorado: Boulder’s “platinum” bicycle cycling infrastructure and riding the Swan Mountain loop.

    Carol on Bike

     

     

     

     

      Carol Ireland is a bicycle advocate.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    4 Responses to More Colorado Cycling Innovation: The US 36 Bikeway is an 18-mile “Highway for Cyclists”

    1. Felix Cartagena
      September 11, 2016 at 8:14 pm

      To have such a trail next to I-95 in Delaware from Claymont to Newark would indeed be wonderful. However its construction would involve tearing down houses adjacent to I-95, going through marshland, and where I-95 is on a viaduct, descending to city streets. The Colorado bikeway appears to be in a flat, unobstructed plain. I have pushed for bikeways in Delaware since the late 1970s when I was on the original Governor’s Bike Task Force but I would never support a project such as this due to cost and impact on the land and properties next to I-95.

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