Action Alert: Support safer walking and biking on Steele Street on July 10!

by Jessica Vargas on June 27, 2019

The Department of Public Works (DPW) is redesigning the intersection of Steele Street and Alameda Avenue to improve bicycle and pedestrian connectivity and safety as part of Denver’s commitment to improving traffic safety through Vision Zero and to increasing safe and efficient multimodal transportation options through the Mobility Action Plan. DPW will be holding a public meeting to discuss the new proposed design, which includes a marked crosswalk, a pedestrian refuge island, and curb extensions. Come show your support for this much-needed safety improvement! 

Wednesday, July 10, 6-8PM
Central Christian Church
3690 Cherry Creek S Dr.

This intersection has been on Public Works’ radar for many years. Since Steele Street is the only north/south connection in the neighborhood that avoids Colorado and University Boulevards, it is the preferred route for people walking and biking to, from, and across the Cherry Creek Trail. The intersection with Alameda sees nearly double the bicycle and foot traffic volume required to install a marked crossing and has a history of traffic safety issues. In 2017, a bicyclist was hit head-on waiting to cross at Steele when an eastbound motorist on Alameda cut the corner sharply to avoid an oncoming vehicle. 

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Public Works is planning to use painted curb extensions to shorten the crossing distance, establish a pedestrian refuge island so that the crossing can be broken into two phases, make the north/south crossing more direct, and shorten the turn radii of all the corners so that vehicles turn more slowly. According to NACTO, these types of intersection treatments have been shown to improve safety for all users, especially people walking and biking. These treatments would also complement the recent crossing improvements to Cherry Creek South Drive. 

Pushback against the project includes concerns that these improvements will increase congestion by causing cars to slow down at the intersection. On July 10, you have the opportunity to show your support for making Steele Street —  and Denver — safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists alike! We hope to see you there!

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