The Regional Transportation District (RTD) is hosting a family-fun six-mile bike ride along the FasTracks West Rail Line to introduce the new bike trail along the line to the public on Saturday, September 15, 2012. Tour de FasTracks West Rail Ride begins at 9 a.m. at the Oak Station (Oak and 13th Avenue) in Lakewood and ends at the Decatur/Federal Station in Denver.
“Whistle stops” along the line will be staffed by community organizations and city representatives who will provide information relevant to their areas.
“The Tour de FasTracks offers an early glimpse of the West Rail project that we are excited to show off to the public,” said Jim Starling, West Rail Line project manager. “Those participating will be among the first to experience the great bike path we’ve built as part of the project while also getting a sneak peek of the line before opening.”
As participants finish the ride at the Decatur/Federal Station, a barbeque lunch, RTD booth providing operational, safety and opening day information, bike demonstrations from Denver B-cycle and Bicycle Colorado, children’s activities and a raffle will be featured. Both an RTD light rail car and an RTD bus will be staged in the area with volunteers providing pointers on bike loading and etiquette. The Platte Valley Trolley will also offer free rides to participants of the event.
The West Rail Line is a 12.1-mile light rail line that will serve Denver, Lakewood, Golden and Jefferson County, connecting Denver Union Station to the Jefferson County Government Center. It is scheduled to open for service on April 26, 2013 – eight months ahead of schedule – with an expected daily ridership of 19,300.
FasTracks is RTD’s voter-approved transit program to expand rail and bus service throughout the RTD service area. FasTracks will build 122 miles of commuter rail and light rail, 18 miles of bus rapid transit service, add 21,000 new parking spaces, redevelop Denver Union Station and redirect bus service to better connect the eight-county District.