Announcing Project Shift: Central Denver!

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Applications are now being accepted through Friday, April 28, 2017 and sessions start in June 2017!

People need and want communities where streets are safe, accessible, and comfortable for all users, including those traveling by foot, bike, car, or mass transit. Project Shift is a unique and engaging program that aims to bring people together through a shared interest in increasing car-lite lifestyles in our city. The earlier sessions will focus on developing the knowledge and tools you need to become local advocates for transportation options throughout Denver. You will then use this toolkit to develop your civic engagement skills to work on a project and speak with a policymaker.


Project Shift: Central Denver will feature a slightly different format than the first edition. The program is now open to anyone who wants to join a neighborhood team in the following five focus areas: Sunnyside/Highlands, Baker/South Broadway, Curtis Park/Five Points, Park Hill, and East Colfax neighborhoods. The neighborhood teams will workshop an issue in that area while the entire cohort will work together on a walkability project. You do not have to live or work in these areas to apply for Project Shift but you will be assigned to one of these teams based on your preference and available spots.


Apply now!

Key Dates

  • Application Due: Friday, April 28, 2017
  • Notification of Acceptance: Tuesday, May 2, 2017
  • Commitment Letter Due: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
  • Happy Hour Introductions: Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 6pm – 8pm (optional)


  1. Orientation/Built Environment: Tue, June 6, 6pm – 9pm
  2. Multimodal Madness: Sat, June 24, 9am – 12:30pm
  3. Tactical Urbanism: Sat, July 15, 9am – 12:30pm
  4. Advocacy: Tue, August 1, 6pm – 9pm
  5. Civics: Tue, August 22, 6pm – 9pm
  6. Projects: Sat, September 16, 9am – 12:30pm
  7. Equity: Sat, October 7, 2017, 9am – 12:30pm
  8. Projects & Policy: TBD, dependent on policymaker (Week of October 23)
  9. Continuation: Wed, November 8, 2017, 6pm – 9pm

Selection for Project Shift is competitive and space is limited. Please allow 20 to 30 minutes to complete the application. If you are unable to complete the online application, please contact Jessica Vargas by email at or by phone at (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. Project Shift is offered for FREE to 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.