Denver Public Works turned 14 car parking spots into dozens of spaces for bikes and scooters

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A bicycle corral on 12th Avenue by the Denver Art Museum. Aug. 21, 2019. (David Sachs/Denverite)

People who bike and scoot around the city may find it a little easier to park their rides now that Denver Public Works has repurposed 14 on-street parking spots for 14 clusters of bike racks.

The goal is to provide more parking for non-drivers on streets where bicyclists often have to lock-up at parking meters or street signs in lieu of a rack. The corrals may also encourage people to park e-scooters somewhere other than the sidewalk.

A bike corral in front of Novo Coffee downtown. (David Sachs/Denverite)

Bike corrals play another role as well, policy director of Bicycle Colorado Piep van Heuven said. Most of the new parking spots are at intersections, so without cars parked on the corner, it's easier for people to see approaching cars.

"On-street bike corrals are the best -- they improve sightlines near intersections," van Heuven said. "I'm thrilled because I see people begin to post the photos of the ones they're seeing, and they're full, which is an indicator high demand."

Denver now has 21 total parking corrals around the city total, with 19 owned by taxpayers and two owned by private businesses.

Here's a map! The green dots are new corrals, the orange ones are old corrals.

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