WalkDenver works toward its vision of making Denver the most walkable city in the country through the following activities:
- Policy Advocacy
- Project Shift
- Tactical Urbanism
- Safe Routes to School
- Pedestrian Data Collection
- Walk Friendly Community Certification
Click here to view a list of reports WalkDenver has published, documenting the outcomes of our work.
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 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.
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 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.
For more information, see WalkDenver’s strategic plan [PDF].
Project Shift is 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. Learn more!
WalkDenver’s “tactical urbanism” projects, including Better Block Jefferson Park, Better Block Five Points, Great Paths: The Boulevard at Jefferson Park, and Re-imagine West Colfax engage community members in envisioning and designing temporary demonstrations of pedestrian-friendly infrastructure mixed with art, culture, pop-up businesses and street life.
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. Starting this school year, WalkDenver will be partnering with the Denver Department of Environmental Health (DEH) 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
WalkDenver 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.
Walk Friendly Community Certification
WalkDenver 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.