Colorado Pedals Project

In September of 2015, Governor John Hickenlooper announced a $100 million plan (a combination of public and private funding) to make Colorado “the best state for biking.” The four year initiative – dubbed the Colorado Pedals Project – will have a positive impact on the state’s economy, lend to a cleaner environment, bolster tourism and elevate health and wellness.

Where will the money come from?

  • Great Outdoors of Colorado (GOCO) will provide $30 million for trail connectivity through grants that help develop bike and pedestrian infrastructure.
  • The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) coupled with federal Transportation Alternatives Programs and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program funds will provide $60 million to support pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure projects as alternate forms of transportation.
  • CDOT will provide an additional $10 million to better maintain and grow Colorado’s Safe Routes to School program.


  • Pilot a program to replace Share the Road signs with 3 Feet to Pass signs, which have been shown to be more effective in increasing safety on our roads
  • Internally promote bicycle-friendly intersections through training for CDOT engineers
  • Increase the number of bike lanes on state highways; track and report on current mileage
  • Create a public safety campaign to increase awareness of bicyclists and pedestrians
  • Track and report on compliance with complete streets policy

OEDIT, CDOT and the Department of Public Health and Environment

  • Quantify the impact of biking and walking in Colorado though an economic and health impact study

Colorado Tourism Office

  • Develop a tourism campaign to promote Colorado cycling opportunities

Department of Natural Resources

  • Identify and promote key missing trail connections between communities

Bicycle Colorado and Colorado Pedals Project Team

  • Work with state agencies to help guide the projects above
  • Work with local communities to connect them to Pedals Project opportunities
  • Coordinate a state-level, cross-departmental task force to move state bicycle priorities forward
  • Raise the remaining private funds needed to build more capacity at Bicycle Colorado
  • Pilot a program in Medicaid-dense communities to promote active transportation

The Colorado Pedals Project, under the guidance of business man Ken Gart, will entail the collaboration and support of many; including the private sector, state entities and a number of local and regional bike organizations. BikeState38 fully supports this initiative and looks forward to being a part of the conversation, having offered itself as a catalyst for the project.

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The Pedals Project is led by our policy team. Reach out to Rachel Hultin if you have questions or are interested in partnering on this project.