Our Work

WalkDenver works toward its vision of making Denver the most walkable city in the country through the following activities:

WalkDenver Reports

Policy Advocacy

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At WalkDenver, we believe that pedestrians and walkability ought to be at the forefront of policy discussions about the design of our city, streets, and public spaces, as well as private developments.

In 2017, the Denver Vision Zero Coalition, led by WalkDenver, participated in the City’s Vision Zero Technical Advisory Committee to help guide the work of their Vision Zero program, including the development of Denver’s Vision Zero Action Plan. The official Action Plan was released in October 2017. WalkDenver also joined with partner organizations to form the Denver Streets Partnership to encourage the City to make serious investments in walking and biking infrastructure. The DSP successfully advocated for the passage of the 2017 GO Bond in November, securing more than $115 million for biking and walking projects, including $47.7 million for new sidewalks.

In 2016, WalkDenver joined with several partners to establish a Vision Zero coalition that is supporting the data-driven, complete and equitable implementation of Vision Zero projects and policies in Denver. We also contributed to a report on statewide funding needs for pedestrian, bicycle, and transit infrastructure.

In 2015, WalkDenver researched funding for first and last mile connections to transit, and launched the “Denver Deserves Sidewalks” campaign, which calls upon the City to assume responsibility for building and repairing sidewalks (currently the responsibility of private property owners), and to establish a dedicated funding source for this purpose.

In 2014, we successfully advocated for the City and County of Denver to 1) establish and adopt a “Denver Moves Pedestrians” implementation plan, and, 2) form a Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

WalkDenver Strategic Plan

Project Shift

Project Shift is our 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.

Project Shift: West Denver

Project Shift: Central Denver

Visit the Project Shift website

Tactical Urbanism

WalkDenver’s “tactical urbanism” projects engage community members in envisioning and designing temporary demonstrations of pedestrian-friendly infrastructure mixed with art, culture, pop-up businesses and street life. From larger, festival-like demonstration events like our two Better Block events and Re-imagine West Colfax to smaller neighborhood art projects like trail wayfinding signs and intersection murals, tactical urbanism is a fun way to bring together residents, community partners, and local leaders to promote people-friendly streets.

2017: Barnum Weir Gulch Trail Wayfinding, Sunnyside Intersection Mural Painting, Athmar Park Intersection Mural Painting, Lakewood Gulch Trail Wayfinding, Better Broadway Roll Out the Red Carpet

2016: Re-imagine West Colfax

2015: Great Paths: The Boulevard at Jefferson Park

2013: Better Block Five  Points

2012: Better Block Jefferson Park

Safe Routes to School

As part of Denver’s Safe Routes to School Coalition, WalkDenver works with parents, teachers and community members to assess the pedestrian environment around schools and develop recommendations for short- and long-term infrastructure improvements that will create safe paths for children to walk to school.

WalkDenver is currently partnering with the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) and ten elementary schools to design comprehensive Travel Plans that address not only infrastructure improvements, but also encouragement activities, education on walking and biking safely, and enforcement policies that work together to create an environment where everyone feels safe getting around their neighborhood on foot or bike.

Pedestrian Data Collection

WALKscope on phone in hand croppedWalkDenver partnered with PlaceMatters to develop WALKscope, an online tool for crowdsourcing data about walkability.   Community members can access the tool via smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers to report data related to sidewalks, intersections, and pedestrian counts.

WalkDenver is using WALKscope to engage and educate residents, empowering them to assess the walkability of their own neighborhoods, understand the connection between walkability and quality of life, and advocate for infrastructure improvements.

Try the WALKscope tool

Walk Friendly Community Certification

WFC_medal_goldWalkDenver collaborated with the City and County of Denver to apply for Walk Friendly Community Certification, a national program that recognizes communities working to improve walkability and pedestrian safety.  Denver is one of 13 communities that received a “Gold” designation.  Our strategic plan sets the goal of achieving “Platinum” designation.