On street Bicycle Infrastructure comes in many forms, ranging from minimal changes to the road ways to separated, bicycle specific facilities. With 5,688 Lane Miles of Roadway, Colorado Springs bicycle facilities run the gamut, from bicycle boulevards to protected bike lanes. Bike lanes are, if implemented appropriately, a great form of on-street bicycle infrastructure as bicycle riders are designated a portion of the roadway for their use. Protected bike lanes take that one step further by physically separating automobile traffic from bicycle traffic; basically a sidewalk for bicycles. This type of comfortable, safer infrastructure is what Bike Colorado Springs advocates for, as it appeals to people of all ages and skill levels (not just the athletic and fearless).
Old North End Transportation Improvements
Bike lane and buffered bike lane implementation
Cascade Avenue between Bijou and Jackson streets has been configured to enhance pedestrian safety near Colorado College, improve traffic flow onto I-25, and install a north/south bicycle connection into downtown. This critical on-street bicycle connection into downtown from the neighborhoods north of Downtown includes a buffered bike lane, connecting to the bike lanes already installed on Cascade Ave between Platte and Bijou.
Fontanero St was identified as a street to install bicycle infrastructure as key east/west bicycle corridor and a connection from neighborhoods to Monument Valley Park and the Legacy loop. Fontanero St between Cascade St and El Paso/Paseo Rd has been configured as a two lane road with a center turn lane and bike lanes.
Downtown Roadway improvements
bike lane and parking protected bike lane implementation
The city of Colorado springs is in the process of implementing improvements to roadways throughout downtown Colorado Springs, many of which were outlined in the Experience Downtown master plan. While some of these projects will leave the street layout unchanged, some other projects will allow the city “to implement some multimodal projects designed to enhance safety and access for all users.” Additionally, this project contributes to the “Link the Loop” route, giving Legacy Loop trail users a convenient way to connect across the Loop through the Downtown core.
Weber Street – Urban Neighborhood Connection:
The southern portion of Weber St through Downtown Colorado Springs has been configured with buffered bike lanes from the Pikes Peak Ave on the north to Rio Grande on the south. Weber street was designated as an urban greenway by the Experience Downtown Master Plan and will provide a safe connection for people traveling by bicycle through the southern portion of Downtown Colorado Springs.
Additionally Weber St north of Pikes Peak Avenue has been identified as a candidate for a road diet in order to accommodate both transit and bicycle connectivity. The buffered bike lane is planed to continue north in conjunction with repaving occurring in 2020.
Pikes Peak Ave – Urban Trail connection “Link the loop”
A stretch of Pikes Peak Avenue through Downtown Colorado springs has been configured to serve as a link connecting both sides of the Legacy loop trail network through the use of parking protected and buffered bike lanes. Downtown is an ideal location for this project, Pikes Peak, specifically because it has a low traffic volume and directly links people from Shooks Run trail into the downtown core.
These Parking protected lanes on Pikes Peak Avenue between Corona Street and Nevada Avenue feature vertical railings for physical separation between bikes and cars, in addition it acts as a guide for parking cars. From the eastern edge; there is a multi-use sidepath connecting the Shooks Run trail to the newly constructed parking protected bike lanes.
Pikes Peak parking protected bike lane
West of Nevada Ave single vehicle lanes continue in each direction while the bike lanes transition to buffered bike lanes, with a five foot buffer between the diagonal parking until Pikes Peak ave ends at Cascade. Bicyclists can then get to the Pikes Peak greenway trail by crossing to the sidewalk as marked at Cascade or taking the Cascade bike lane north, then left on either Pikes Peak to the Sierra Madre greenway connection. the other option is to take the Cascade bike lane north turning left on Bijou to the greenway connection at Westview Pl.