WalkDenver Reports

CU Denver Federal Blvd Bus Stop Inventory

In fall 2019, WalkDenver partnered with the City & County of Denver Department of Transportation & Infrastructure (DOTI, formerly Denver Public Works) and graduate students in the University of Colorado Denver’s Urban and Regional Planning program to conduct a bus stop assessment along Federal Boulevard. The corridor was split up into twelve sections and assigned to teams of students. Each team was tasked with collecting information about every single stop on their part of the corridor, as well as talking to riders about their experience traveling by bus. At the end of the semester, they presented their findings to us, DOTI planners and engineers, local community partners, and neighborhood residents. Each team’s final report and presentation dashboards are available for download HERE.

303 ArtWay Pop-Up Traffic Calming Report

On August 3, 2019, WalkDenver teamed up with Urban Land Conservancy and Radian Inc to organize a pop-up event in Northeast Park Hill along the proposed 303 ArtWay Heritage Trail. Using a variety of low-cost materials like colorfully painted tires, planters, and even a painted bike lane, community members were able to visualize a safer and calmer street. In alignment with 303 ArtWay’s mission to increase safety and mobility in the Northeast Park Hill community, the pop-up event took over the 35th Ave and Holly St intersection to demonstrate the impact that widened sidewalks, a sheltered bus stop, bike lanes and pedestrian crosswalks could have on the area. Check out video of the event at the WalkDenver Vimeo page!

Yale Ave Pop-Up Traffic Calming Report

On July 27, 2019, the University Hills North Community, the University Hills Neighborhood Association, the U-Hills Plaza, Councilwoman Kendra Black, and WalkDenver co-hosted a temporary Vision Zero traffic calming demonstration event at Yale Avenue & S Clermont Drive in Southeast Denver. We set up a median down the center of Yale, curb extensions on Clermont, a sidewalk extension on the westbound side of Yale, and a pop-up bus shelter at the intersection. Check out video of the event at the WalkDenver Vimeo page!

Tasty Colfax Pop-Up Traffic Calming Report

On July 23, 2019, Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods, the Bluebird District, and WalkDenver co-hosted a temporary Vision Zero traffic calming demonstration event during the 11th Annual Tasty Colfax event. The Tasty Colfax is an annual restaurant and pub crawl through the eclectic business, entertainment, and arts districts on E Colfax Ave between York and Colorado Blvd. The extended block party fuses urban energy with small town community, and includes live music and fine art. Check out video of the event at the WalkDenver vimeo page!

Silverman Park Pop-Up Traffic Calming Report

On June 15, 2019, Montbello Walks, Montbello 20/20, Councilwoman Stacie Gilmore, and WalkDenver cohosted a temporary traffic calming demonstration event at Silverman Park to test out design ideas that would encourage drivers to slow down, improve pedestrian and bicycle connectivity, and make the intersection at Andrews Dr & Tulsa Ct a safer and more pleasant place to access the park. Check out video of the event at the WalkDenver Vimeo page!

Federal Blvd Pop-Up Traffic Calming Report

On April 27, 2019, the Community Council and WalkDenver hosted a pop-up demonstration at the intersection of Federal Blvd and 50th Ave. Using cones, painted tires, beach balls, and hay bales, we set up a temporary median, protected bike lanes, and “bulbouts,” also known as curb extensions. Read the final report for more information about the results of our speed data collection and public survey. Check out video of the event at the WalkDenver Vimeo page!

2018 Annual Report

We are excited to share our 2018 Annual Report that highlights some of our most important achievements of last year. From neighborhood traffic calming projects to the relaunch of the Denver Streets Partnership to our Vision Zero Community Art Projects, we couldn’t be prouder of the work we accomplished. Read the full report to learn more about the projects and policies we worked on to create a more walkable city!

Vision Zero Action Plan Progress Report Card

Safety advocates with the Denver Streets Partnership released a new report card and awarded an overall “C“ grade for the City and County of Denver’s progress on their Vision Zero Action Plan, which is designed to improve the safety of Denver’s streets. The report card analyzed Denver’s 2018 infrastructure goals in eight categories and found that, while Denver met its goals for miles of bike lanes constructed and operational improvements at major intersections, it failed to meet its goals for sidewalks constructed, traffic calming work, and street lighting enhancements. The Denver Streets Partnership acknowledged that Denver began 2018 short-staffed and expressed confidence that Denver could do better in 2019 with a complete and dedicated team.

13th Ave Pop-Up Traffic Calming Report

On September 29, 2018, Capitol Hill United Neighborhods and WalkDenver hosted a pop-up demonstration on 13th Ave at the intersections with Marion and Lafayette Streets. Using cones, painted tires, beach balls, and some spray chalk, we set up temporary curb extensions, also known as “bulbouts” at the corners of each intersection to increase visibility of pedestrians and give them more space on the street while also signaling to drivers that this is a neighborhood street where they should expect to see people walking, biking, and enjoying local destinations. Read the final report for more information about the results of our speed data collection and public survey. Check out video of the event at the WalkDenver Vimeo page!

Project Shift Final Report

Project Shift, the leadership development program for residents who want to change the ways Denver gets around. After 35 individuals completed a total of 19 sessions and 8 neighborhood projects, Project Shift came to a close at the end of 2017.

We’ve crunched the numbers and followed up with our graduates to see what the impacts of Project Shift have been. The result is our brand-new Project Shift Final Report, which is now available to read here!

2018 Denver Streets Partnership Transportation Report

WalkDenver and other members of the Denver Streets Partnership–a coalition of bicycle, pedestrian, disability, safety, health and equity advocates–have declared that Denver’s streets are not people-friendly. To become more people-friendly, Denver’s streets need improved design and a funding investment of $40 million a year in order to reduce fatalities and allow more people to walk, bike and take transit within the city. In this report, the DSP describes people-friendly streets as “streets where walking, biking and transit are the first choice of transportation for all people regardless of age, income and ability. People-friendly streets are more than just layers of concrete and asphalt. They are living conduits that connect us to jobs, schools, services and amenities, and they enable everyone to participate in and benefit from Denver’s growth.” The report also highlights that cities committed to funding bike lanes and sidewalks–like Seattle, Oklahoma City, Cleveland, Columbus and El Paso–all invest at least three times the amount of money per year on bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure than Denver.

2017 Annual Report

Since WalkDenver was founded in 2011, we’ve been working hard to make Denver the most walkable city in the nation, and our efforts are making a difference! After celebrating a number of walkability wins last year, we’ve put together our first ever Annual Report to highlight the accomplishments we were most proud of in 2017. From our many community engagement events to leading the Denver Vision Zero Coalition to our campaign push to get funding for sidewalks included in both the 2017 GO Bond and the City’s annual budget, WalkDenver has had a lot to be excited about.

It’s Time to Fix Federal Boulevard

Since 2012, 21 people have lost their lives while walking on Federal Boulevard in Denver. Seven people were killed in 2017 alone. This is a fatality rate more than 20 times the average for an urban streets in Colorado. The City’s recently completed Federal Boulevard Corridor Plan and draft Vision Zero Action Plan both identify strategies for managing speed and making Federal a safe place where residents and businesses can thrive. In this report, we highlight data showing the urgent need for safety improvements on Federal and include specific actions the City should undertake immediately.

Athmar Park Built Environment Assessment Report

The Athmar Park neighborhood association received a grant from Kaiser Permanente to improve community health through active living. The grant led to the formation of the Athmar Park Active Living Coalition and one of its main goals is to create an Active Living Plan, with recommendations on how to increase and incentivize walking and bicycling in the neighborhood. WalkDenver partnered with the Active Living Coalition to analyze data that relates to pedestrian, bicycle, and transit infrastructure in the neighborhood. Read more about the project from WalkDenver intern Maggie Brown here.

East Colfax Walk Audit

WalkDenver partnered with the Colfax Ave BID and studioINSITE to analyze the pedestrian realm along the stretch of East Colfax between Grant and Josephine, and recommend actions to improve pedestrian access to destinations along the corridor.

Colorado’s Transit, Biking and Walking Needs Over the Next 25 Years

WalkDenver contributed to this report by the Colorado Public Interest Research Group (CoPIRG) and the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), which estimates that Colorado should increase investments in transit, biking and walking by $1.05 billion every year for the next 25 years for to ensure all Coloradoans have access to the many benefits of these “active” transportation modes.

Safe Routes to School Walk Audit Reports

WalkDenver assessed pedestrian conditions around four Denver elementary schools – Munroe, Smith, Swansea, and Valverde – using the WALKscope online data collection tool.  Based on this data, as well as community input, WalkDenver developed recommendations for improving pedestrian access to the schools and other neighborhood destinations.

Reimagine West Colfax

The Reimagine West Colfax Celebration on August 16th, 2015, was a successful one-day demonstration of street design elements that could transform West Colfax from a dangerous speedway for cars into a safe, economically vibrant, and livable street for all users. WalkDenver, PlaceMatters, and the West Colfax Business Improvement District published the Reimagine West Colfax Final Report to provide an overview of the data collected and community feedback received before and during the event, and, based on that data and feedback, offer recommendations for improving West Colfax Ave in the long term.

First & Last Mile: Connecting People to Transit

WalkDenver and BBC Research & Consulting conducted research on behalf of Mile High Connects to explore the consequences of inadequate funding for facilities like sidewalks and bike lanes that connect people to transit, as well as potential solutions.

Cultivating Health in North Denver

Cultivate Health” – a partnership among Regis University, private real estate developers Urban Ventures and Perry Rose, the Chaffee Park neighborhood, and several non-profit organizations including WalkDenver – is focused on creating infrastructure and programming that promote healthy active lifestyles in North Denver. As part of this effort, WalkDenver conducted a walk audit of the neighborhood and developed recommendations for a “Wellness Walk” that connects top destinations in the neighborhood with wayfinding signs and pavement markings, as well as short- and long-term strategies for improving pedestrian conditions along this route.

West Colfax Walk Audit

WalkDenver partnered with PlaceMatters, the West Colfax Business Improvement District, and Ken Schroeppel’s Planning Methods class at the University of Colorado, Denver, College of Architecture and Planning to audit the pedestrian environment along the West Colfax corridor.