Announcing the Vision Zero Community Program!

by Jessica Vargas on October 4, 2018

Denver launches Vision Zero Community Program to promote safer streets

WalkDenver is excited to announce the launch of the new Vision Zero Community Program! We are partnering with the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment(DDPHE) and Denver Public Works on this innovative program that 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.

As the leading organization of the Denver Vision Zero Coalition, we have been working to engage people around issues of traffic safety through initiatives like our Safe Speeds for Denver campaign, various community art projects, and the recent traffic calming pop-ups in Athmar Park and Capitol Hill. Communities throughout Denver have expressed growing concern about traffic safety. The new program offers residents the opportunity to have their voices heard about how safety on public streets can be improved. 

Community members interested in designing a project can fill out the online application form that will be reviewed by the City and WalkDenver. Each project requires a minimum of three applicants who will serve as team members (at least one must be a resident of the community). The boundaries of what constitutes the “community” served by a Vision Zero project can be determined by a variety of factors, including City designations, official Neighborhoods, travel routes or intersections, parks and recreation centers, schools or public transit stops.

Potential project types can be large or small and can include such elements as temporary or demonstrative displays, the identification of safe routes, community meetings, public art, photography-based storytelling, data collection, surveys and educational materials. Applicants should strive to convey the potential impact of their proposed project, as well as how community support will be attained and fostered.

Throughout the fall, a series of community informational sessions and application workshops will be conducted (dates and locations to be determined). Applications are due December 1, 2018, and teams will be notified of acceptance by December 17, 2018. Projects are scheduled to begin January 2019, and all project implementation is to be completed by July 28, 2019. Neighborhoods interested in hosting an info session or workshop should contact Michele Shimomura at Michele.Shimomura@denvergov.org.

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