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February 12, 2013

Protected Bike Lane: Chicago
Join BikeDenver for a "love-in and share that "loving feeling"

Show Mayor Hancock your support for Protected Bike Lanes in Denver!  Come sign a Valentine and help us display a special Valentine's Day message to the Mayor on February 14th.

We will have a 5' x 10' banner on display in front of the City & County Building that reads:

Mayor Hancock - Happy Valentines Day! We (heart) Protected Bike Lanes

Please join us & invite your friends to help draw attention to our Valentine's Day message to Mayor Hancock

When: Thursday, February 14th 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Every 1/2 hour we will have a sustained minute of bell ringing so plan accordingly 
Where: City & County Building: 1437 Bannock St  Denver, CO 80202
  • We will be directly in front of the building.  We will have volunteers on each corner to help direct you.   
What: Display of Valentine Banner to Mayor Hancock 

What do you need to bring:
  Yourself, your friends, a bell (bike bell, cowbell, any bell will do!)

This is a friendly demonstration to showcase the need and demand for protected bike lanes that increase safety for all users.

Important Rules of Conduct:
  • Please watch your language
    • No cursing
    • No shouting
    • No harsh words
  • Please be respectful: no violence, physical OR verbal, in any way, directed at people OR property
  • Please be appropriate: no drugs or alcohol at OR prior to the event
  • Please be peaceful: no weapons of any kind  
  • Please be friendly and not antagonistic
  • Please allow traffic and pedestrians full and free access at all times
  • DO express positive enthusiasm for the steps Denver is taking to increase bicycle facilities and safety for people who bike  

It is critical that you join us with the right spirit and attitude so we can move forward positively and in collaboration. 

If you cannot make it, please consider creating a valentine to Mayor Hancock with the same message  (Dear Mayor Hancock,  Happy Valentine's Day!  We love Protected Bike Lanes!  Your Signature or make
  • Valentine Drop Off Locations:
    • Alliance Center:  1536 Wynkoop St - Main Lobby
    • Denver Bike Cafe: 1308 E 17th Ave  Denver, CO 80218    
    • Jinji Cycles: 2538 W 32nd Ave  Denver, CO 80211  
  • Mail Directly to 
    • Mayor Michael Hancock, 1437 N Bannock St Rm 350
      Denver, CO 80202
To help us plan accordingly, let us know if you think you might be able to join us by clicking here

Spread the Love
Please Tweet & Share on Facebook

On Valentines Day, Thursday, February 14th at 8am please tweet this message and get everyone to retweet it!  Here is the message:

@MayorHancock @DenPublicWorks  Happy Valentine's Day!  We love protected bike lanes.  @bikedenver #bikelanesdenver

Protected Bike Lane: Washington DC
Bike Lane on 15th Street


Denver Public Works is planning a new bicycle facility on 15th Street. Wouldn't it be great if they designed a protected bike lane?


Denver Public Works (DPW) is in the final stages of designing a bike facility from Cleveland Place to Larimer Street along 15th Street. That's great news for people who bike in Denver, because City estimates show that almost 100 bicyclists use 15th Street during peak hours from 4-6pm along with an estimated 800 to 1,000 motor vehicles - demonstrating bicycle ridership numbers of 10%, or more! The project is currently planned to be under construction this summer with a target month of August.


BikeDenver is exited to see that DPW is committed to increasing safety and convenience for all users with this project, and we believe the project offers the perfect opportunity for a protected bike lane facility. Currently the only bikeway in Denver that is protected is the one-block facility located on the Bannock street sidewalk opposite the City and County Building.


Why Protected Bikes are Important? Protected lanes are different from traditional bike lanes that separate people on bicycles from motor vehicle traffic with just a stripe of paint. The protected lanes add a barrier, such as a curb, parked cars, planters or plastic posts, between moving cars and bicycle traffic to make bicyclists feel safer. Protected lanes offer heightened environmental and economic lanes as well.  

Protected Bike Lane: Brooklyn, NY
Important Statistics 
Evidence that Protected Bike Lanes are the way to go

  • 66% increase in the number of planned/in place protected bikes lanes in 2012 
  • Reduces accidents by 90% (Kay Teschke, 2012)
  • Protected lanes increase ridership by 200% (Washington, DC)  
  • Increase in retail sales by nearly 50% (New York, NY) 

Deirdre Moynihan 303-931-6455 /
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