Mayor’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee is a WalkDenver Success!
20 members appointed from a pool of 90 applicants
At the beginning of 2014 WalkDenver identified the formation of a Pedestrian Advisory Committee and the creation of a new “Denver Moves Pedestrians” Plan as key goals for the year. After many meetings with public officials and city staff, and a petition drive that gathered over 1,000 signatures in support of the effort, WalkDenver is thrilled to announce that Mayor Hancock has officially formed the Mayor’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee (MPAC). A key focus area for the committee will be assisting the city in the creation of the Denver Moves Pedestrian Plan. Congratulations to all the Walk Denver board members and volunteers who worked on these efforts!
A call to citizens interested in participating on the committee went out in December 2014 and the city received 90 applications. This reflects the growing level of interest and importance walkability has among the citizens of Denver. The people of Denver want a walkable city! In January 2015 Mayor Hancock appointed 20 citizens to the committee, which held its first meeting in February.
The formation of MPAC is a great success for Walk Denver and an important sign that Mayor Hancock supports the goal of making Denver a truly multi-modal city, accessible to all its residents including the estimated 30% who do not drive cars. Modeled after the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee, MPAC will hold monthly meetings and advise the Mayor, City Council, and city staff on best practices for pedestrian infrastructure, policies, and programs. A regular schedule has not yet been established for the committee but the next meeting will occur on Wednesday, March 11th at 7:30am. All meetings will be open to the public.
Walk Denver would like to thank Mayor Hancock and the Departments of Public Works and Community Planning and Development for their support in the formation of the new advisory committee and for starting the effort to create the Denver Moves Pedestrian Plan. Walk Denver looks forward to working closely with the new committee to build a better, healthier, more inclusive Denver. Please join us in congratulating the inaugural members of MPAC, listed below.
Denver Mayor’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee Members
This article was contributed by WalkDenver Board Member John Hayden, who is representing WalkDenver on MPAC.
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