Mobility study: Lowry walkable, bikeable, transit-friendly

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Mobility study released for Lowry.

LRA completed mobility study.

LRA has recommendations to improve mobility at Lowry.

An aerial photo of Lowry. The LRA has just released a mobility study for Lowry.

An aerial photo of Lowry. The LRA has just released a mobility study for Lowry.

Every Lowry resident is within a 10-minute walk of a park.

That was one of the findings of a mobility study released on Wednesday.

The Lowry Redevelopment Authority completed the mobility study for the 1,866-acre community.

The redevelopment of the former Air Force Base began in 1994 and is now nearly complete.

The mobility study assesses the current multimodal network at Lowry along with planned and recommended improvements.

“Lowry was carefully planned as a walkable, bikeable, transit-served community from the beginning,” said Hilarie Portell, spokeswoman for the LRA.

All the planning has paid off, as Lowry is one of the city’s most desirable neighborhoods, she said.

“This is consistent with research findings that walkable, rideable neighborhoods are in demand by urban homebuyers, support property values and drive local business,” Portell said.

Everyone living in Lowry is within a 10-minute walk of a park. source: Lowry Mobility study.

Everyone living in Lowry is within a 10-minute walk of a park. source: Lowry Mobility study.

However, the LRA realizes there is room for improvement.

 “With the city’s rapid growth, and community concerns about traffic congestion, we wanted to make sure we addressed any gaps and positioned the area for long-term mobility enhancements,” Portell said.

Indeed, the six-part study has recommendations for short- and long-term enhancements. The LRA has committed to many short-term actions that can be implemented in coordination with the Boulevard One project build-out by 2020.

 The mobility study document is being shared with community groups, design review committees, RTD and the City of Denver as a resource and to inform future mobility initiatives.

The LRA has recommendations to improve mobility at Lowry.

The LRA has recommendations to improve mobility at Lowry.

Below are some highlights of the mobility study.

Walk Lowry

  • There are 60 miles of paved sidewalks at Lowry, with planted buffer zones between sidewalks and vehicles.
  • There are 12 miles of multi-use paths. These are off-road, paved, and accommodate both pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • All residents are within a 10-minute walk to one of 20 community parks.
  • Key recommendation: two future development areas should implement the same connectivity and quality of pedestrian environments

Bike Lowry

  • Nine miles of bike travel on roads with painted bike lanes, bike-friendly roads and multi-use paths.
  • Five Denver bike routes, with two more planned
  • Bike racks for up to 300 bicycles
  • Most destinations are within a 10-minute bike ride.
  • Three possible locations for future B-cycle stations or bike corrals
  • LRA will add signage on multi-use paths and bike racks at the Town Center and community parks

 Ride Lowry

  • Lowry is served by seven RTD bus routes
  • There are more than 80 bus stops in and around Lowry, with more than 1,000 daily passengers
  •  The transit system is in place to accommodate future growth and demand.
  • Three light rail stations within five miles of Lowry will open this spring, providing service to downtown, DIA and southeast business parks
  • LRA will encourage RTD to increase transit service and amenities as ridership demands grow

 Drive Lowry

  • Lowry streets extend into the city’s grid network, helping to disperse traffic throughout the day
  • Most neighborhood streets are posted at 25 mph, with collectors and arterials posted at 30 to 40 mph.
  • The LRA will undertake studies at three intersections on Quebec Street to evaluate the need for new or enhanced traffic signals.
  • LRA will continue to support the city’s planned improvements to Quebec Street north of Lowry

 Boulevard One

  • Boulevard One  is the final mixed-use, multimodal neighborhood built by the LRA
  • Multi-use trail connecting to the mixed-use center and parks at Lowry and Crestmoor
  • Bicycle paths, 10 bike parking locations and a repair station
  • Two sites for electric car charging stations
  • Bulb-outs at key pedestrian crosswalks, to shorten the walking distance and increase safety

 Build Lowry

  • The mobility study will be shared with the community design review committee to assist them in evaluating mobility plans by multifamily, mixed-use and commercial developers.
  • The study will also be shared with Denver’s Department of Public Works for consideration as part of the update to Denver Moves, the city’s pedestrian and bicycle plan.
Everyone who lives at Lowry is within a 10-minute walk of a park, according to a mobility study.

Everyone who lives at Lowry is within a 10-minute walk of a park, according to a mobility study.

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