Due to the fact that we have had a relatively mild and dry winter, I have decided to continue this series, hoping to finish it up by the New Year. During this episode, we will be adventuring to Arvada and Wheat Ridge via the G-Line.
Similar to previous adventures, I opted to take the route that Google took me on, with common sense variations along the way. I did not cover stations that had already been covered, and took the Wheat Ridge/Ward Train back.
Clear Creek/Federal Station
After braving the car centered infrastructure to the south, the Clear Creek and Federal Station was very much a relief. With a small park, bicycle parking, and adjacency to the Clear Creek Trail, it felt like a fairly central place to put a station.
With nearby bike lanes, it felt comfortable compared to the adventures through Denver Northside neighborhoods to get there. Taking the Clear Creek Trail west for a spell helped me get to my next route.
60th/Sheridan-Gold Strike Station
The station near the beginning of the Gold Rush in Colorado, Gold Strike Station felt incredibly like a suburban station that wouldn’t be out of place along routes on the N line, with a medium to large parking lot and a neighborhood adjacent. There is some bike parking around, but the lot seems to be the biggest draw to the station, despite being half used at the time that I headed up to it.
Olde Town Arvada Station
I will openly admit that I may be slightly biased. Besides Littleton Downtown during the Criterion, Olde Town Arvada is my favorite suburban downtown area, with most streets along the main drag completely closed off to cars. The station itself shines too, with bike parking and one of the few bathrooms in the entire RTD system. While I want to keep this blog focused on the stations and accessibility, I would be remiss not to show some of the highlights of Olde Town.
Heading from Olde Town was hard, given that I felt blessed in probably the most accessible suburban downtown in the metro area.
Arvada Ridge Station
Heading from Old Town, I accessed Arvada Ridge from a somewhat highly trafficked side road. The biggest saving grace of this station for me was the large amount of bike racks and being near mixed used properties. It felt like a place that was partially under construction and still developing its identity as transit oriented.
Continuing down the same road led me to my final destination.
Wheat Ridge/Ward Station
The Wheat Ridge/Ward Station had a very “coming soon” feeling to it. With apartments and a parking garage under construction, it feels somewhat premature to judge it. There was, however, bicycle parking and the road reaching it started to thin out after leaving the other station. Similar to the Lone Tree City Center Station, time will tell how effective it is.
The G line is anchored by two downtowns ultimately: Union and Old Town. While Union hasn’t changed much, Arvada’s transformation of the core of Old Town to being completely car free is an inspiration. Bike wise, having parking at every single station was very much a boon for me, and using side streets and the Clear Creek trail was significantly more comfortable in regards to what I had to do along other suburban RTD corridors. I would venture to say the G line may be the most accessible by bike second only to the W Line, which has a literal bikeway on it.
During our next adventure, I will tackle both the R and H Line. Until then, stay tuned.
Featured image is of barricades near a parking garage in Arvada separating the carless street from the cars.