Just in time for the fall semester at the Auraria Campus, serving Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the University of Colorado Denver, the campus introduced its first bike route on Curtis Street between Speer Boulevard and 5th Street.
The route connects to Auraria West Light Rail Station (off 5th Street), the off-campus bike lanes on Lawrence and Arapahoe, as well as the Lawrence Street access to the Cherry Creek Trail in what used to be a required “dismount zone”. The route is the first step among many outlined in the 2012 Auraria Higher Education Center Master Plan Update that increase safe and convenient access for people on bikes traveling to and through Auraria Campus.
“I’ve been here for five years, and the most consistent question I get is, why can’t we ride bikes on the campus?” says Jill Jennings Golich, a campus planner who led the design effort. “The Auraria campus is a commuter campus. Students and staff need to get to the campus in some way…[and] we really did not provide good access for bicyclists.”
Read Auraria’s Biking on Campus guide and see the new campus bike map here.
Read more about Auraria’s 1st bike route.