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Pitkin Bikeway

Infrastructure Changes

  • Intersection improvements to Taft Hill Road at Clearview Drive, Shields Street at Springfield Drive/Pitkin Street, College Avenue at Pitkin Street, and Lemay Avenue at Pitkin/Lory Street. Improvements will include:
    • Signal upgrades
    • Dedicated bicycle signals
    • New striping and signing
    • New bicycle lanes/alignments
    • Sidewalk and ramp modifications
  • Wayfinding signage improvements throughout the corridor at key locations
  • Minor striping changes along the route outside of the intersections
  • "Toucan" crossings (see below) at Taft Hill, Shields, and Lemay
  • Restricts exiting vehicles on minor streets where the bikeway crosses at Taft Hill, Shields, and Lemay to right turn only (reducing potential conflicts with bicyclists and pedestrians)

What is a "Toucan" crossing?

  • Dedicated bicycle and pedestrian signals to facilitate safe crossing of major arterials
  • Allows bicyclists to remain in their direction (without needing to cross over to access a pedestrian signal)
  • Pitkin and Taft
  • Provides a center refuge island where bicyclists can wait to safely cross the arterial
  • Center island includes "push buttons" for bicyclists to activate the bicycle and pedestrian signal
  • Easy, clear direction for bicyclists and motor vehicles
  • Restricts exiting vehicles on minor streets to right turn only (reducing potential conflicts with bicyclists and pedestrians)


The project is currently being contracted to Lightfield Enterprises. Construction is anticipated to begin in early May 2017 through June of 2017. It is expected that there will be minor street closures and delays during this time. Stay tuned to the project website for more updates as construction gets closer.

Project Schedule

Conceptual Design and Public Involvement Jan - Feb 2016
Final Design/Engineering Plans Feb - Sept 2016
Advertise for Construction  March 2017
Construction May - June 2017


A majority of funding for this project comes from a Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) federal grant. The local portion (20%) of funding will be provided through the Building on Basics (BOB) Bicycle Plan Implementation funds.

The breakdown of funding is:

Federal Funds
TAP Grant Funds


Local Matching Funds
FC Moves – BOB Bicycle Plan Implementation


Total Budgeted Funds



Mark Laken | Project Manager | bWxha2VuQGZjZ292LmNvbQ== | 970-222-3546
Tessa Greegor | FC Bikes Program Manager | dGdyZWVnb3JAZmNnb3YuY29t | 970-416-2471