City Designates Cherry Creek a Priority Pedestrian Zone

by Jill Locantore on October 8, 2014

Cherry Creek Area Plan Cover Photo

On October 6, the Denver City Council adopted a proclamation permanently designating Cherry Creek North as a Pedestrian Priority Zone. This designation was recommended by the 2012 Cherry Creek Area Plan developed in cooperation with the Cherry Creek Business Improvement District and Cherry Creek neighborhoods. Cherry Creek is only the second area within the city to receive this designation. City Council permanently designated downtown a priority pedestrian zone in 2007 in accordance with a recommendation of the Downtown Area Plan adopted that same year.

The proclamation notes that “walking has a multitude of health benefits and also contributes to a cleaner natural environment, safer streets and stronger communities, and therefore, making it easier and safer to be a pedestrian should be a consideration in all City plans and work programs.” Tools for creating safe and inviting walking environments in priority pedestrian zones include design elements such as well-marked crosswalks, curb extensions, median nose extensions, detached 8-foot sidewalks and way-finding signage.

WalkDenver applauds City Council for recognizing that Denver’s form-based zoning, evolving urban development patterns, and commercial success necessitate a strong pedestrian system. We anticipate the designation of additional pedestrian priority zones will results from the Denver Moves Pedestrians planning process in 2015.

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