May 4, 2022 - Sports

Denver posts mixed rankings for parks and biking

Illustration of a pattern of bicycles.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Denver is getting mixed reviews when it comes to two of our favorite things: biking and parks.

What's new: The city ranks as one of the best β€” No. 3 β€” for bikers in the U.S., according to a WalletHub report analyzing infrastructure, hills, destinations, road connectivity and the number of bike commuters.

What's more: Denver once again landed at No. 18 on the Trust for Public Land's new rankings for parks released Wednesday.

  • Aurora placed 33rd and Colorado Springs 58th, both declines from a year ago.

The latest: Bicyclists in Colorado may now treat stop signs as yield signs and stop lights as stop signs when they already have the right of way under a new law Gov. Jared Polis signed last month.

  • Other states that have adopted similar policies, such as Idaho and Delaware, have shown it reduces crashes between bikers and drivers, according to advocacy group Bicycle Colorado.
  • The measure "allows bicyclists, pedestrians, scooters, [and] skateboarders ... to make Safety Stops at intersections, putting into law what is already the safest thing to do," Polis said at the April 13 bill signing ceremony.

Yes, but: The city still has room for growth as it looks to technology to make streets safer.

Ranks of best and worst cities for biking, 2021
Data: WalletHub analysis of WalkScore metrics; Table: Axios Visuals

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