15th Street will get rubber bike lane curbs and a bus lane instead of a car lane

17th, 18th and 19th streets are also getting bus lanes.

A Bird electric scooter awaits a rider on 15th Street downtown. June 11, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

A Bird electric scooter awaits a rider on 15th Street downtown. June 11, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Fifteenth Street, currently a traffic nightmare, is going to get more pleasant for bike, scooter and bus riders.

The city is already at work improving the markings for the 15th Street bike lane, and in the coming weeks it will install rubber curbs and “more resilient bollards” than the ones already there, Denver Public Works announced today.

This means people driving cars will no longer be able to use the bike lane as a left turn lane. And to protect cyclists and scooter-ers from cars turning left across the bike lane, the city will install bollards, or plastic posts, in the middle of intersections, intended to slow down drivers.

Once all that’s done, the city will turn the far-right travel lane into a transit-only lane on 15th Street from Court Place to Larimer St. It’ll then do the same from 17th Street from Market Street to Broadway.

Transit-only lanes and protected bike lanes are also in the cards for 18th and 19th streets.

Last but not least: intersections on 15th and 17th streets downtown are getting the highly visible crosswalk treatment.

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