Announcing Project Shift: West Denver!


Applications are now being accepted through November 10, 2016 and sessions start in January 2017! Apply now!

Do you want to be a champion on the forefront of the cultural shift toward car-lite lifestyles? Apply for Project Shift, a unique and engaging leadership program that brings people together around a shared interest in improving car-lite lifestyles in their own communities. What’s a car-lite lifestyle? Glad you asked. It means having the freedom and the ability to lead a full life in your community without depending on a car.

You can be a car-lite champion and advocate for options that increase the freedom of choice for Denverites. How? By demonstrating just how easy it is to get around without getting behind the wheel.

Project Shift: West Denver is looking for applicants who live or work in the West Denver neighborhoods of West Colfax, Villa Park, Sun Valley, Barnum West, Barnum, and Valverde. If you don’t live or work in the designated West Denver neighborhoods, stay tuned! A second Project Shift will be launching in May 2017 for Southwest Denver neighborhoods. For a map of neighborhood boundaries, click HERE!

During this seven-month program, you and your cohort will:

  1. Become champions for active transportation options through actions and storytelling.
  2. Work with peers and mentors to adapt personal travel behaviors to reduce car trips.
  3. Develop grassroots leadership skills by working together to create and implement a project in your neighborhood.
  4. Establish actionable relationships with other leaders in your community and in the city.
  5. Create a positive community for like-minded activism and stewardship.


You will attend 10 upbeat and interactive sessions featuring thought leaders from around the city to empower you and to transform perceptions about personal transportation. Each three-hour session will be held on a Tuesday evening or Saturday morning every three weeks. In addition to short readings and self-directed assignments, participants will work together between sessions on activities including a community project. You should plan on a commitment of 10 hours a month. Your toolkit will include a copy of Walkable City by Jeff Speck, a Fitbit, and RTD transit passes. You are also invited to a happy hour on December 13, 2016 to introduce yourself and receive your toolkit!

Selection for Project Shift is competitive and space is limited. Applications are accepted through Thursday, November 10, 2016. Accepted participants will be notified by November 18, 2016 and are asked to commit by December 1, 2016. Please allow 20 to 30 minutes to complete the application. If you are unable to complete the online application, please email or call (626) 329-8204 to request a downloadable version to print and complete.

Project Shift is a program of WalkDenver, a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to making Denver the most walkable city in the country. Valued at $6000 per participant, Project Shift is offered for FREE to eligible participants thanks to grants from the Colorado Health Foundation and the Denver Regional Council of Governments.

Check out the following videos about WalkDenver’s tactical urbanism projects:

Reimagine West Colfax

Bee JP (Great Paths: The Boulevard at Jefferson Park)

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.