Denver Deserves Sidewalks!

Tell Mayor Hancock: Denver Deserves Sidewalks!

WalkDenver’s Denver Deserves Sidewalks campaign calls upon the City to assume responsibility for building and repairing sidewalks, and to establish a dedicated funding source for this purpose.  In response to the campaign, City Council established a Sidewalk Working Group that is currently considering changes to the City’s sidewalk policy.  In March of 2016, WalkDenver delivered to the Working Group a petition package with 2,829 signatures and 34 letters of support for the campaign. The campaign has also garnered significant media coverage, including a front page article in the Denver Post, and a Denver Post Editorial calling upon the City to make sidewalks a priority. WalkDenver is continuing to engage grassroots supporters of the campaign to communicate to Denver City Council and the Mayor widespread community support for changing the City’s sidewalk policy, and to encourage City officials to take swift action.

As Denver’s population grows, the City must provide the basic infrastructure that allows people to safely and easily get around.

Walkable neighborhoods with good sidewalks are the foundation of a complete transportation system that offers practical options including transit, walking, biking, car share, ride share, bike share, and driving a personal vehicle.

Good sidewalks are particularly important for the one-third of the population that doesn’t drive due to age, disability, or income.

Currently Denver property owners are responsible for building and maintaining sidewalks adjacent to their property.  Sidewalk repairs can cost a property owner thousands of dollars.

Lax enforcement of the current sidewalk policy means that many Denver neighborhoods have substandard or no sidewalks at all.

A fee of $5-$10 per month (for an average property) would provide a sustainable funding source for building new sidewalks, repairing old sidewalks, and upgrading substandard sidewalks throughout Denver.

WalkDenver therefore launched a petition calling upon the City and County of Denver to assume responsibility for building and repairing sidewalks, and to establish a dedicated funding source (such as a property fee) for this purpose.  In response, City Council has established a Sidewalk Working Group chaired by Councilman Paul Kashmann. WalkDenver delivered the final petition package, [PDF] with 2,829 signatures and 34 letters of support for Denver Deserves Sidewalks, to the Working Group on March 31, 2016.

Read more about WalkDenver’s recommendations regarding Denver’s sidewalk policy [PDF], and our research on funding solutions for First and Last Mile Connections to transit.  See media coverage of Denver’s sidewalk problem here.

Thank you to our partners who have provided letters of support:

To add your organization to the list, or for more information, contact WalkDenver’s Policy and Program Director Jill Locantore.