With so many cycling enthusiasts in Jeffco, it’s no wonder that Bike to Work Day is always a big hit.
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“I love Bike to Work Day — it’s one of my favorite holidays,” Golden’s Jennie Jorgenson said.
This year, the event was the same week as Jeffco’s application for a $1.25 million grant to implement portions of its bicycle plan, which calls for additional signage and restriping in certain areas.
County officials approved the finalized bicycle plan earlier this month and, on June 21, gave transportation and engineering staff the go-ahead to apply for the Denver Regional Council of Governments grant.
Transportation planner Christina Lane explained how, if the county’s application is successful, the $1.25 million will fund easy-to-implement projects. She clarified Jeffco won’t be adding pavement or acquiring rights-of-way with these funds, but will be adding signage and restriping bike lanes.
“We’re trying to tackle the low-hanging fruit,” she told the county commissioners on June 21.
However, Lane said, Jeffco has other capital projects in the works, such as widening West 32nd Avenue between Coors and McIntyre Street.
The road is identified as a major collector road with high truck traffic, but doesn’t meet county standard for a roadway with this classification level. The county’s bike plan also identifies the need for paved shoulders because of the high level of cyclists along the road.
Overall, the cycling plan proposes a myriad of projects across Jeffco, which officials said should improve safety for cyclists and motorists.
During Bike to Work Day, those cyclists stopping by the station outside the Jeffco Government Center described a few troublesome spots.
Laura Armstrong and Bob Christensen, both of whom were biking to work at the county, felt West 32nd Avenue was narrow. Christensen was happy to hear from Lane and other Jeffco employees that it would be widened next summer.
He also said Heritage Road was a bit of a tricky spot, as dedicated bike lanes disappear at the roundabouts. Thus, most cyclists don’t use them and bike along the roadway instead.
Jorgensen, who used to bike from Boulder, said it’d be nice to have a bike path along or near Highway 93, as it’s a very popular route.
Dave Hammond, who lives on Lookout Mountain and is a Bike Jeffco volunteer, commented that Easley Road in north Golden could use some improvements as well.
Still, the cyclists — all of whom were Bike to Work Day veterans — described Jeffco as very bicycle friendly. They praised the Clear Creek Trail through Lakewood and Wheat Ridge, the trail along the South Platte and the City of Golden.
Christensen, who lives in Lakewood, said Golden is often his destination when cycling and is a great city to ride in. Jorgenson agreed, saying she frequently bikes to work because it’s faster than driving.
“It’s a nice way to start your day,” she said of biking to work.
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