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Old 04-16-2019, 05:52 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I'm considering commuting on my bicycle and was wondering how safe the Cherry Creek Bike Path is after 8 pm?
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Old 04-16-2019, 08:32 AM
 
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I generally feel safe on this path.

I've ridden it at all times of the day. There may be a homeless person or 2 sitting by the river, but they are mostly peaceful. Never saw a hostile one at cherry creek bike path.

Sometimes I ride it at 10pm, 2am at night! no issues.

When i take the path, I generally go from roughly the REI up north down to wash park down south.

You can commute via bicycle all year round here. I recommend. Do it!

Cherry creek bike path isn't immune to rush hour bike traffic.
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Old 04-16-2019, 08:42 AM
 
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It's a long stretch of bike path. Where specifically?

If downtown, I think you're generally safe. Of course, I'm a guy, so my feelings may be different than some women. A a couple years back, they had a problem (during the days) with vagrants and druggies congregating in various areas of the trail, but I think they cleaned a lot of that up.

Just remember to wear adequate visible clothing and bright LED bike lights (front and rear). If you ever feel unsafe, there are plenty of on and off ramps that will get you to the surface streets above. It's busy enough on summer evenings that I doubt you'll ever feel too alone.

I've been bike commuting Metro Denver for ~10 years. Cherry Creek has been my primary thoroughfare most of those years.
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Old 04-16-2019, 09:55 AM
 
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It's a long stretch of bike path. Where specifically?

If downtown, I think you're generally safe. Of course, I'm a guy, so my feelings may be different than some women. A a couple years back, they had a problem (during the days) with vagrants and druggies congregating in various areas of the trail, but I think they cleaned a lot of that up.

Just remember to wear adequate visible clothing and bright LED bike lights (front and rear). If you ever feel unsafe, there are plenty of on and off ramps that will get you to the surface streets above. It's busy enough on summer evenings that I doubt you'll ever feel too alone.

I've been bike commuting Metro Denver for ~10 years. Cherry Creek has been my primary thoroughfare most of those years.
Yes, sorry I would be commuting between Alameda/Havana to Union Station. Commute times will be 10 am and after 8 pm.
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Old 04-16-2019, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I've ridden this trail a lot by myself between 1-3am. The only issues I ever had where people sleeping on the trail and getting in the way. I've almost run over people or their stuff (even while having a good light), and have had homeless that were drunk/high walk right in front of me causing near misses.

Oh, and there is this stretch in Cherry Creek where you pass like 50+ sprinklers and they are all pointed at the trail. And because it's Cherry Creek, there isn't a decent alternate route on the road.

Definitely get a good light.
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Old 04-17-2019, 06:42 PM
 
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I take it every day to work between the Cherry Creek mall and Lawrence. I've ridden late at night frequently and never had any issue with homelessness. It's lit enough you don't have to rely on a headlight through this portion, though one is still nice. Bright is good, but too bright blinds traffic the other way. Just like headlights on a car...

The urban campers go away soon after Colorado.

My biggest issue is there's almost traffic jams now whenever the weathers nice. It's so heavily used by both pedestrians and cyclists. Most people are considerate, but it seems in general, the more heavily decked out in bike gear someone is, the bigger a**hole they are.

Definitely get an ebike if you don't have one for this commute. $2000 is well worth it, you can exercise when you want and you can go 28 mph though the longer open stretches and really cut down on time. You'll last to work and back on one charge.
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Old 04-18-2019, 06:31 AM
 
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Definitely get an ebike if you don't have one for this commute. $2000 is well worth it, you can exercise when you want and you can go 28 mph though the longer open stretches and really cut down on time. You'll last to work and back on one charge.
Blasphemy!
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Old 04-18-2019, 07:42 AM
 
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Blasphemy!
Hahaha! It feels like I'm cheating, but if exercise is what cyclists really wanted, they'd all have steel frames instead of carbon fiber
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Old 04-18-2019, 09:25 AM
 
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Hahaha! It feels like I'm cheating, but if exercise is what cyclists really wanted, they'd all have steel frames instead of carbon fiber
Like the Schwinn bikes back in the day- well built but heavy and expensive (!).
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Old 04-19-2019, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I take it every day to work between the Cherry Creek mall and Lawrence. I've ridden late at night frequently and never had any issue with homelessness. It's lit enough you don't have to rely on a headlight through this portion, though one is still nice. Bright is good, but too bright blinds traffic the other way. Just like headlights on a car...

The urban campers go away soon after Colorado.

My biggest issue is there's almost traffic jams now whenever the weathers nice. It's so heavily used by both pedestrians and cyclists. Most people are considerate, but it seems in general, the more heavily decked out in bike gear someone is, the bigger a**hole they are.

Definitely get an ebike if you don't have one for this commute. $2000 is well worth it, you can exercise when you want and you can go 28 mph though the longer open stretches and really cut down on time. You'll last to work and back on one charge.
Thanks I am getting an ebike. Cruiser style Pedelic bike. 20MPH limit. I think the bike route limits are 15 MPH. We will see about commuting. I might start the night ride home after I ride around the neighborhood and build up my fitness level. Thank You for your suggestions.
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