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MLK Bike Lane GRAND OPENING! BikeDenver, The Bike Depot, Stapleton and Denver Public Works invite the community to special events on June 11 & 12!

It’s healthy, it’s fun, and it’s why you live here!  Join Northeast Denver residents and bicyclists to help officially open Denver’s newest and longest bike lane on Martin Luther King Boulevard.

City Council members Michael Hancock and Carla Madison will cut the ribbon on Friday, June 11 at 8am at Founders Green, Stapleton.  BikeDenver will lead the Commuter Ride along the new lane from Stapleton to downtown (ride ends at Curtis Park).   Join the Bike Depot on Saturday, June 12 at 10am at the Hiawatha Davis Recreation Center (33rd & Holly) to participate in the Family Ride. Download the rides flyer here: MLK Bike Lane Events!

What, When and Where:

Grand Opening of the MLK Bike Lane!

Friday, June 11 at 8:00am - Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Commuter Ride! (Founders Green Stapleton to Curtis Park)

Saturday, June 12 at 10:00am - Family Ride! (Hiawatha Davis Recreation Center Start/Finish)

Why: Why not? It’s why you live here, after all! Make good use of Denver’s 300+ days of sunshine and enjoy another great opportunity to meet your neighbors, get outside and get healthy!

“The MLK bike lane provides a great bicycling opportunity for all commuters from Stapleton to downtown” ~ Stapleton MCA

“Providing safe bicycle lanes and bike depots in northeast Denver is a great way to promote bicycling as a healthy and environmentally friendly alternative to automobile travel. Through this effort we advance the ideas of better living and environmental sustainability.” ~ Councilman Michael B. Hancock

“The ability to commute to Downtown Denver on roads that feel safe and comfortable is very important to the quality of life in the City and, in this case, for Stapleton.  I am very happy to see these lanes put into place so that commuters from Stapleton have different options to approach downtown; through City Park, the bike lanes on 23rd and now down MLK.” ~Councilmember Carla Madison

“We are so fortunate here in Denver to be able to take advantage of the many individual and community benefits of bicycling!  Our health, environment, and quality of life improve when more of us are on two-wheels, plus, biking is a great affordable and convenient transportation choice. Kudos, Denver! See you on the bike lane!” ~Piep van Heuven, Executive Director BikeDenver

“Park Hill has been waiting for this for a long time. It will make it much easier for people to use their bike to access the grocery store, Wal Mart, Home Depot, and other shops. Many in Northeast Park Hill don’t own a car and depend on other means to get around. The MLK bike lane will help raise awareness that bicycling is a respected means of transportation in Northeast Denver”  ~Christopher Dunn, Executive Director The Bike Depot

“The MLK Bike Lane is a great example of federal stimulus dollars being put to work for alternative transportation improvements and supports the new policy direction recently announced by the USDOT. ” ~Emily Kreisa, Senior City Planner for bicycle and pedestrian issues

How: On Friday, June 11: Arrive before 7:45am to sign your ride waiver form.  There will be a brief ceremony with City Council Members at 8am, followed immediately by the Commuter Ride to Curtis Park (est. time is 20 minutes).  Denver Police Bike Patrol and BikeDenver will lead and assist the ride.  Stapleton TMA is providing a limited number of RTD passes for those who wish to bus back to Stapleton (put your bike on the bus). No RSVP required.

On Saturday, June 12: Arrive before 9:45am to sign your ride waiver. Denver Police Bike Patrol and The Bike Depot will lead and assist the ride. No RSVP required.

What to bring: You, your bike, and the helmet you should be wearing! Hands for clapping, steering and breaking. Your sense of adventure and camraderie with your community and fellow bicyclists. Also, used bicycles or bike parts to donate to The Bike Depot (you’ll get a gift in exchange!).

What you get: A cup of Joe and a variety of things to nosh on like Clif bars from our friends at Clif bar. Free bike commuter bags from the Stapleton TMA for the first 50 people on Friday and first 50 on Saturday who check in and sign their waiver form! Giveaways at the start/finish area for participating riders. Oh, and the joyful experience of riding a bike, showing your appreciation to Denver Public Works for their investment in 11 new miles of bike infrastructure, and…  the right to call yourself one of the first to ride the new MLK bike lane (Priceless)! Did we mention that the Cake Crumbs Truck will be at the finish on Friday to help sweeten your experience?  And, the good folks at Breathe will be providing a little free yoga instruction to get you loosened up before the ride!

See the Commuter Ride map: here.

Learn more about the groups and organizations partnering to bring you the MLK Bike Lane Opening Events:

BikeDenver is Denver’s bicycle advocacy organization. We work to promote and encourage biking in and around Denver and to make Denver a better place to ride your bike for fun, recreation and transportation!

The Bike Depot supports health and active living by increasing access to bicycles, promoting safe, bike-friendly environments and advocating for policies that promote bicycle access and use.

Denver Public Works is dedicated to improving Denver’s “bikescape” or bicycle infrastructure with the goal of creating a comfortable, connected and safe environment for bicycling throughout Denver.  We strive to advance the quality of life in our City by encouraging bicycling as a viable means of transportation and physical activity, which reduces traffic congestion, benefits the environment, and contributes to the overall health of our community.

Stapleton Master Community Association (MCA) creates and sustains a sense of community within Stapleton through comprehensive parks and recreation management, ongoing community event and cultural programming, and the long-term operation and sustainment of community facilities and assets.

Stapleton Transportation Management Association (TMA) -works with the public and private sectors to reduce single occupant vehicle travel, improve mobility and to establish sustainable transportation within and around the Stapleton area by creating, supporting and promoting an array of transportation options for employers, commuters, residents, students and visitors.

Stapleton Be Well Connect is a multi-layered initiative of programs, groups, scientific research, medical professionals, classes, activities and volunteers, all with one goal in mind: to help the residents of Stapleton and the surrounding neighborhoods lead healthier lives—and have easy access to the tools and resources they need.

Stapleton Foundation advocates, sustains and realizes the principles of the 1995 Stapleton Master Development Plan, more commonly referred to as the “Green Book”. Working with others, we will strive to create a community that is seamlessly connected to surrounding neighborhoods as well as a community that becomes a sustainable model in education, employment, open space, housing, diversity and sustainable development.

Forest City Stapleton is the master developer of the former Stapleton airport.

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One comment on “MLK Bike Lane GRAND OPENING! BikeDenver, The Bike Depot, Stapleton and Denver Public Works invite the community to special events on June 11 & 12!
  1. Ryan says:

    On things to bring:

    Hands….. “For breaking”….why would one want to “break” their hands?
    You must have meant “braking”.

    Damn you spell check!

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