Complete Streets

Mayor Hancock and the City & County of Denver have made a strong commitment to Vision Zero, with the goal to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries by the year 2030. As a leading Vision Zero City, Denver has committed to implementing street safety improvements on an annual basis.  We can and should do more. A key factor holding our City back is outdated street design standards that prioritize the movement of cars over the health and well-being of people. That is why the Denver Streets Partnership advocates for the City’s adoption of updated street design standards that put people first. 

What are Complete Streets?

Our City needs state-of-the-art street design standards that create “Complete Streets” that are safe for all road users. These designs must prioritize traffic calming for pedestrian and bicyclist safety over driver convenience. Denver should adopt updated street design standards that achieve the following core functions:

  • Discourage speeding by design
  • Encourage walking, biking, and/or public transit use
  • Provide accessibility to all, regardless of age or physical ability

Furthermore, all street projects (both new construction and improvements to existing streets) should aim to incorporate these important “Complete Streets” elements. If these elements are not included in a street project, the City should publicly explain why.

  1. ADA accessibility
  2. Dedicated unloading zones
  3. Dedicated mass transit facilities
  4. Narrow vehicle lanes
  5. Wide sidewalks
  6. Pedestrian amenities
  7. Signal timing that reinforces safe speeds
  8. Signal-protected pedestrian crossings
  9. Pedestrian islands on multi-lane streets
  10. Protected bike lanes
What current standards allow
What’s possible with new standards that put people first

Vision Zero Love-In 2019: We Love Complete Streets!

Thank you to everyone who joined the Denver Vision Zero Coalition at the Love-In event on Valentine’s Day to share your love for complete streets! This event featured a guided walk and bike ride starting and ending at the Denver City-County Building, as well as opportunities to write valentines to elected officials and to learn about the Complete Streets Campaign. The rally also featured speakers from the community sharing why they love the concept of safe streets for all in Denver. Check out photos from the event below and at the WalkDenver Flickr page!

Participants of the Vision Zero Love-In walk arrive back at the City & County Building after a loop around Civic Center Park.
Attendees write Valentine cards to the Mayor and City Council proclaiming their love for people-friendly streets!
City Council President Jolon Clark addresses the group on the City’s commitment to Vision Zero.
Vision Zero supporters close out the event with a dance, encouraging City staff to “hustle” on creating safer streets for all!