Denver Deserves Sidewalks!

Help make Denver the most walkable city in the country – sign the petition today!

NEW! Click here to view Frequently Asked Questions about Denver Deserves Sidewalks.

As Denver’s population grows, the City must provide the basic infrastructure that allows people to safely and easily get around.

Walkable neighborhoods with good sidewalks are the foundation of a complete transportation system that offers practical options including transit, walking, biking, car share, ride share, bike share, and driving a personal vehicle.

Good sidewalks are particularly important for the one-third of the population that doesn’t drive due to age, disability, or income.

Currently Denver property owners are responsible for building and maintaining sidewalks adjacent to their property.  Sidewalk repairs can cost a property owner thousands of dollars.

Lax enforcement of the current sidewalk policy means that many Denver neighborhoods have substandard or no sidewalks at all.

A fee of $5-$10 per month (for an average property) would provide a sustainable funding source for building new sidewalks, repairing old sidewalks, and upgrading substandard sidewalks throughout Denver.

WalkDenver has therefore launched a petition calling upon the City and County of Denver to assume responsibility for building and repairing sidewalks, and to establish a dedicated funding source (such as a property fee) for this purpose.

Join with WalkDenver and sign the petition today! Together we can make Denver not only more walkable, but a truly great city.

Read more about WalkDenver’s recommendations regarding Denver’s sidewalk policy [PDF], and our research on funding solutions for First and Last Mile Connections to transit.

Thank you to our partners who have provided letters of support:

To add your organization to the list, or for more information, contact WalkDenver’s Policy and Program Director Jill Locantore.

Check out our Better Block videos:

Better Block Five Points

Better Block Jefferson Park

Slow City: One Day in Denver was a collaborative project led by our partners at Walk2Connect. On April 26, 2014, 27 people walked 13.5 miles across the city of Denver in search of experiences that fuel the yearning for a slow city. A slow city where people get out of their cars and connect with the delightful and gritty nuances that make Denver home. And, where people travel at a speed where they can connect with their environment and one another.

Our project was part of the larger One Day in Denver city-wide, participatory media event. The resulting media will be showcased in an interactive geo-tagged archive and a TV series on the future of the American city.