Help! We just moved from Morrison to Lakewood, and I'm trying to figure out my new bike commute. We live near Kipling and Mississippi, and I'm commuting to Glendale. In the mornings, I'm taking Mississippi to Pierce, south to Florida, Florida to Santa Fe (crossing a block south on Iowa), then heading through neighborhoods/Wash Park to work. It works because I go in relatively early before traffic is bad. On the way home, it doesn't work as well in reverse, mostly because I'm riding during rush hour and even though there are bike lanes on Florida and Mississippi (in some places), there is just too much traffic. It's no fun. If I'm going to be that stressed out, I might as well be sitting in my car.
I have been trying an alternate plan of taking the Cherry Creek Path downtown and catching the new light rail line in the afternoons, which is more pleasant, but it takes a lot longer than just biking it, plus I have to pay. I figure if I'm going to go several miles out of my way, I might as well stay on the bike - it'll be faster and cheaper. I'm having a hard time finding a ride-able route though. I-25 and Santa Fe and that whole industrial corridor are just really hard to cross.
Google maps wants me to go all the way north to Confluence Park and then hop on the Platte River trail to... 10th it looks like, then south on Garrison. I'd love to find something a bit shorter that doesn't suck traffic-wise. Anyone have any tips or suggested routes?
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