The City of Fort Collins will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Pitkin Bikeway at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15, at the corner of Shields Street and Springfield Drive.
The Pitkin Bikeway travels from Overland Trail to Riverside Avenue, and offers bicyclists and pedestrians a safe and efficient alternative to traveling along Prospect Road.
The bikeway features innovative crossing signals at Taft Hill Road, Shields Street, and Lemay Avenue to help bicyclists cross these major arterial streets more safely and comfortably. Dedicated signals indicate when it’s safe for bicyclists to cross, while also moving them to the center of the street to reduce conflicts with motor vehicles.
“We’re excited to debut this project as an example of Fort Collins’ leadership in improving conditions for bicyclists,” said Tessa Greegor, FC Bikes program manager. “The Pitkin Bikeway is also a great example of collaboration with Colorado State University and the Colorado Department of Transportation. We’re looking forward to continued collaboration on innovative, world-class bicycle facilities in Fort Collins.”
A majority of the funding for the project came from a Transportation Alternatives Program federal grant. The local funding portion was provided through the Building on Basics Bicycle Plan Implementation fund. This project features intersection improvements, signal upgrades, dedicated bicycle signals, new striping and signing, new bicycle lanes and alignments, and sidewalk and ramp modifications.
Residents can also experience a portion of the bikeway during Open Streets, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, along Pleasant Valley Road, Clearview Avenue, Castlerock Drive, and Springfield Drive.
More information about the Pitkin Bikeway and Open Streets is available at fcgov.com/openstreets.
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