Our Work

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

Current Projects

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. As part of the Denver Streets Partnership (DSP), we are currently working on a Complete Streets campaign, encouraging the City to adopt updated street design standards that put people first. In addition to Complete Streets, the Denver Streets Partnership advocates for funding, safety, and equity within Denver’s transportation policies. Read the full DSP Policy Platform here.

Through our advocacy work, we have:

WalkDenver Strategic Plan

Vision Zero Community Program

WalkDenver, Denver Department of Public Health and Environment and Denver Public Works are partnering on the new Vision Zero Community Program. This exciting initiative will give teams of community members an opportunity to design a project to increase awareness of Vision Zero and promote safer streets in their neighborhoods.

Learn more about the Vision Zero Community Program

The Friends of Little Saigon Initiative

The “Friends of Little Saigon” initiative, led by WalkDenver and the West Denver Renaissance Collaborative, is focused on community beautification and stewardship of the pedestrian environment along Federal Blvd between Alameda and Mississippi in Southwest Denver.

Learn more about the Friends of Little Saigon

Previous Projects

Project Shift

In 2017, WalkDenver hosted Project Shift, a unique and engaging leadership program that brought 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

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.

2019: For updates on our latest projects, visit the Neighborhood Pop-Up Traffic Calming Demonstrations page

2018: Over the Colfax Clover Neighborhood Festival, Athmar Park Safer Tejon Street Pop-Up, Capitol Hill 13th Ave Traffic Calming Pop-Up

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 has worked with parents, teachers and community members to assess the pedestrian environment around schools and develop recommendations for short- and long-term infrastructure improvements to create safe paths for children to walk to school.

WalkDenver partnered 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.

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.