Bicycling advocacy group PeopleForBikes
pegged the protected lane on Arapahoe Street downtown as one of "America's 10 best new bike lanes for 2015."
If only these plastic posts could talk. This one-mile project was languishing as a line on a map until the Downtown Denver Partnership business advocacy group, inspired by a trip to Copenhagen and a wave of demand for better biking
among downtown tech firms, rallied public support by creating a one-day demo
and leading a successful crowfunding campaign
that kicked off with an anchor donation from oil company Anadarko, among others.
The $36,000 raised through Ioby.org convinced Denver leaders that the public had their back. With their green light, city staff threw themselves into Arapahoe and its couplet street with a passion, rethought their bidding process and cut the ribbon this month
, less than a year after approval. Like Queens Boulevard, it's a national model for quick-build street projects.
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