The city of Wheat Ridge is continuing its commitment to active living by introducing dedicated and shared bike lanes on Pierce Street.
The city began restriping the lanes on Pierce street Aug. 18. and should complete the project within a week. The city will implement dedicated bike lanes on Pierce Street from 26th to 38th. From 38th to 44th, the city will use shared lanes where cyclists will bike alongside parked vehicles. Sharrows, or lanes in which cyclists share the lane with traffic, will be employed north of 44th.
Wheat Ridge city officials say the Pierce Street project is important because it will provide cyclists with a bike path that travels north and south within the city. While the city has plenty of trails and paths that traveled from east to west, Wheat Ridge had no viable north/south connection prior to this project.
City Council discussed the Pierce Street improvements at the June 2 study session. One point of contention was the availability of on-street parking for residents on Pierce Street. The decision to implement shared lanes from 38th to 44th is meant to retain on-street parking and contain the high volume of traffic generated by the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School and Church.
As for the sharrows north of 44th Avenue, city officials believe the decreased amount of traffic in the area will make it safer for cyclists making their way to the greenbelt or another destination.