WalkDenver and PlaceMatters Launch WALKscope

by Drew Stiehl on February 27, 2014

Mobile Site Empowers Denver Residents Through Data Collection

As promised, WalkDenver and PlaceMatter’s mobile pedestrian data collection tool,WALKscope, went online a little over a week ago, and residents across the city have started logging data.

WALKscope allows neighborhood residents to log detailed information about the pedestrian environment on their mobile device or computer. Once the information is submitted, our friends at PlaceMatters compile and analyze the data to produce convincing evidence for improvements in Denver’s pedestrian infrastructure.

While the city of Denver’s Public Works department may not have the resources to track gaps in pedestrian resources, WALKscope allows residents to generate that data themselves, and provide the impetus for change.

Upon visiting the website, one may notice a large clump of data points in the Jefferson Park Neighborhood. On Sunday, February 16th, WalkDenver and PlaceMatters demoed WALKscope with a diverse group of participants from the New Partners For Smart Growth Conference. Participants from Thailand, Hawaii, California, Tennessee and beyond analyzed several blocks in the area using the new tool, and brainstormed applications for the tool.

WALKscope is currently focused on geographic boundaries of City and County of Denver but WalkDenver and PlaceMatters team is developing tools to allow for expansion of geographic boundary to interested communities in Denver Metro, providing training on how to use the tool, as well as technical support to access collected data. For more information, please contact gosia.kung@walkdenver.org

The launching of this mobile utility means that you can change your community every time you walk somewhere with your phone. Please share this wonderful opportunity with your friends, families, co-workers, neighbors, people in the grocery store… help us get the word out!

Every entry helps us get closer to making Denver the most walkable city in America!

Thank you,


Denver Reaches For National Distinction

by Drew Stiehl on January 8, 2014

Dear Friends,

On December 14th, the team including WalkDenver, Denver Public Works and the Office of City Council District One, submitted an application to Walk Friendly Communities (WFC), an organization which recognizes communities that “are working to improve a wide range of conditions related to walking, including safety, mobility, access and comfort.”

The application was the result of many city staff hours and tireless volunteer efforts. The Denver Community Planning and Development Department, Office of Sustainability, Office of Environmental Health, and the Denver Police Department all deserve a special thanks for their assistance.

The fact that the City and County of Denver dedicated time to this application bodes well for the future of walkability in Denver. A WFC rating will validate existing efforts to improve pedestrian safety and infrastructure, and encourage further development in those areas.

We hope to further build our relationship in 2014 with the City and County in the future to make Denver the most Walkable city in America. Keep an eye out for an announcement regarding Denver’s ranking!



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