Rather than wait for solutions, Avi Stopper, who's been traveling by bike in Denver for a quarter-century, decided to find a way to help cyclists now. He's the creative force behind BikeStreets.com, which uses crowdsourcing to identify Mile High City streets that are cycling-friendly and provides maps showing routes to get riders to terrific spots safely.
Below, see examples from five major categories: parks, food, culture, activities and beer. And the latest BikeStreets.org guidebook, which presents safe-biking directions to what Stopper refers to as "25-ish" destinations, is accessible at the bottom of this post.
Stopper sees the effort as "much more than cartography. It's a community effort to see if we can get lots of people using these routes. It's a virtuous circle. As more people get out, you'll have parents confident their kids can get out and ride safely, as well as older folks and people in their neighborhoods who haven't previously felt comfortable getting out on bikes. So the map is the more visible manifestation of the project, but really it's about community organizing — a tool for catalyzing people to get out on bikes."