You can’t take your luggage with you, and you’ll probably need to take several breaks in between, but cyclists are now able to bike from DIA to Glenwood Springs without ever touching the highway.
The last portion of the I-70 Bike Path opened Wednesday, linking the Genesee Park interchange to Evergreen Parkway.
Up until now, cyclists wanting to travel the 150-mile stretch had to share the right shoulder of the interstate with cars whizzing by on their way to the mountains.
“Safety was the primary impetus for building this trail,” CDOT Executive Director Shailen Bhatt said. “Taking a bicyclist off the interstate system will enhance safety, not just for the cyclist, but for motorists as well.”
The concrete trail repurposes old highways and frontage roads to form one long scenic route.
CDOT resident engineer Kevin Brown helped design the trail and has already been frequenting the route himself.
“My wife and I live right in the neighborhood, and we’ve already been test riding it. It gives us a nice safe, pleasant ride," he said.
The $2.4 million section of trail took about a year to complete, and includes a 120-foot bridge over the buffalo crossing.
Jefferson County, the City of Denver and the Denver Mountain Parks Foundation collaborated with CDOT to make the path possible.