Aug 6, 2014 12:40 PM by Kelsey Kennedy
So far this summer, the City of Colorado Springs has completed about three miles of new bike lanes to improve the trail system that is already known in the cycling community as one of the best.
Improvements to bike trails across the city focus on connecting existing trails, so cycling can be used as a mode of transportation as well as recreation. The three miles of new trails completed already this summer are beginning to bridge the gaps.
"Connectivity is one of our challenges," says Allen Beauchamp, a member of the Colorado Springs Cycling Club. "We have some great pieces of trail. They don't always connect well, but the city has already identified most of those areas."
Eleven more miles of new and connecting bike lanes are in the works to be completed by fall. "A lot of this is connections," says Brian Shevock, the city's Bike Coordinator. "We're trying to make connectivity here cause we want to bring people out we want people to get to a destination."
The goal is to have a safe and easy way for bicyclists get from the east side of the city, near Peterson Air Force Base, all the way west to Manitou Springs.
New innovation is on the way as well. The city will build its first contraflow bike lane on Parkside Drive near Memorial Park, Mostly used in big cities, the lane will allow cyclists to travel either direction on a one way street.
While the east to west trail connection is in the works, The Pikes Peak Greenway already exists to take cyclists north to south.