Downtown growth in Denver raises questions about parking

Bike lanes, mass transit seen as critical

DENVER -- Downtown Denver is growing. There are more places to live, eat and shop. Yet with the growth comes concerns and questions about parking.

Denver7 checked with the city. Generally speaking, there are no minimum parking requirements downtown. Yet some developers behind the new construction are choosing to add spaces — including a new Whole Foods store, which offers free parking in the deck.

"When you have more people living in a center city, you have less of a need for vehicles to do your daily responsibilities like going grocery shopping," said Tami Door of the Downtown Denver Partnership.

Door is noticing a shift — stressing the number of people having a car and living downtown will drop, easing the congestion. She notes about 50,000 people use the 16th Street Shuttle every day.

"We have a shuttle, we have bike lanes, all of these combine to address what are your needs in terms of parking. So you can never look at one aspect of mobility without looking at the bigger picture," she said.

In 2013, there were 43,000 spots available in lots, yet that number has clearly grown in recent years with so much growth.

According to the Partnership, 68 percent of employees received a subsidized transit pass from their employer.

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