WalkDenver Reports

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.