Sometimes a fairly small improvement can have a big impact on how friendly a street feels for bicycles and pedestrians.
For example, take the stretch of Larimer Street between the Auraria Campus and 14th Street. For years, Larimer has had one eastbound bus-only lane, two to three westbound vehicle lanes, narrow sidewalks, and no bike lanes, giving this stretch of Larimer Street a very automobile-dominant feel—a sad situation made even worse by the fact that it intersects with Speer Boulevard, a 10-lane monster that separates downtown from the Auraria Campus.
So today when I spotted some new improvements to this stretch of Larimer, it made me happy. The bus lane is gone (apparently RTD was no longer using it) and, rather than converting the bus lane to another travel lane for cars, it has been re-striped, bollards added, and converted to bicycle and pedestrian space. Way to go Denver Public Works!
The segment from 14th to the path through Creekfront Plaza leading to the Cherry Creek Trail is now a buffered bike lane. Here’s the new look as viewed from 14th Street and then back toward 14th Street: