Living without a vehicle may seem a little unusual to some, but to others it’s a reality. Either by choice, or by force, more and more people in Denver are giving up the car as their primary mode of transportation.
If you find yourself in this position (perhaps your car is in the shop, or you’re in the market)…. here are our favorite ways to get around Denver!
Denver is one of the country's fittest cities, and this is especially true where the skinny rubber meets the road. A web of hundreds of miles of dedicated bike paths weaves through Denver and its edges. You can, for example, ride from Cherry Creek State Park in southeast Denver to Cuernavaca Park on the northwest side of downtown. The 15-mile paved path follows along Cherry Creek to where it collides with the South Platte River at Confluence Park.
Denver is a delightfully walkable place. Every important city venue can be reached on foot, from the historic Brown Palace Hotel to the new award-winning Denver Art Museum (100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy.) to the versatile Pepsi Center (1000 Chopper Cir.) City dwellers can hoof it over the Millennium Bridge connecting the bustling 16th Street Mall with the relaxing Riverfront Park in the Central Platte Valley neighborhood. Walkers can share the paths and parks that bikers use; just remember to stay to the right and listen for riders coming up behind you.
The trendy train travels on 34.8 miles of tracks from the ‘burbs to the city, making stops at 36 stations along the way. From as far south as Lincoln Avenue and east from Parker Road, trains mostly follow I-25 into downtown and beyond, with stops at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Pepsi Center, Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park and Denver Union Station. Going to a Rockies game? Take the light rail to Coors Field! West of Broadway, lines extend from Mineral Ave. in Littleton along Santa Fe to points north. The train is safe, affordable and on time. Cars are clean, cool and comfortable. Nineteen stations have free park-n-Ride lots, with many stations connecting to bus stops and call-n-Ride services. Bikes can ride too, with a free permit that you can download online.
Services from Uber and Lyft are available in The Mile High City. If you’re a new Lyft user, enjoy up to $20 in ride credits. Simply download the Lyft mobile app, enter the VISITDEN code under the app’s “Promos” section, request a ride and you’re on your way!
In addition to regular bus service around metro Denver, the Regional Transportation District (RTD) bus fleet offers a slew of special rides, services for people with limited mobility, fare reimbursements, pass programs, training for frequent travelers, and free rides for active duty military. If you’re just visiting, a slick skyRide makes hourly runs to Denver International Airport from 18 free park-n-Rides around the city. Riders pay fares of $7, $9 or $11, depending on location, and drivers assist with luggage. All RTD services, maps, routes, park-n-Rides and fares are detailed on RTD's excellent bi-lingual website.
16TH STREET MALL RIDE
Called the MallRide, this free hybrid vehicle scoots up and down the 16-block tree-lined retail core of downtown Denver, also home to hotels, restaurants, office buildings, residences and public spaces. Hop on at any intersection on 16th St. between Civic Center Station at Broadway near the Colorado State Capitol (200 E. Colfax Ave.) and Union Station on the west end.