Denver earns “C” on 2018 progress toward safe streets goals

by Jessica Vargas on January 24, 2019

Denver Streets Partnership releases report card for City’s progress on Vision Zero 

This week, WalkDenver joined with other members of the Denver Streets Partnership to release a new report card and awarded an overall “C“ grade for the City and County of Denver’s progress on their Vision Zero Action Plan, which established the goal of eliminating traffic fatalities by the year 2030. The report card grades the City’s progress toward annual goals for building new infrastructure identified in the plan and found that while the City met its 2018 goals in some areas, it fell short in other areas.

“Last year, Denver had clear goals around building safer streets for everyone,” said Danny Katz, CoPIRG Director and member of the Denver Streets Partnership. “The good news: the City reached its Vision Zero Action Plan goals for building bike lanes and improving safety through operational improvements at number of intersections across Denver. The bad news: Denver failed to meet its goals around sidewalks, street lighting, redesigning streets for safe speeds, and focusing safety improvements in the parts of the city that need it most. When you look at what they built, where they built it, and did they reach their 2018 goals, they earned a ‘C.’ We look forward to what they will accomplish moving forward in 2019, especially since Denver has increased the number of people working to make our streets safe for everyone.”

In 2018, 59 people died on Denver’s streets (map), the second-highest number of fatalities since 2005, highlighting that Denver has a long way to go to meet its vision of zero deaths on its roadways. The Denver Streets Partnership wholeheartedly supports the City’s commitment to safe, healthy mobility options for all Denver residents. We believe all five of the Vision Zero Action Plan’s themes are critical to success:

1. Enhance City Processes and Collaboration
2. Build Safe Streets for Everyone
3. Create Safe Speeds
4. Promote a Culture of Safety
5. Improve Data and Be Transparent

Our progress report card focuses specifically on the second theme, Build Safe Streets for Everyone, and Denver’s progress on street safety improvements such as building sidewalks and bike lanes. Denver’s current street system is dangerous by design, and the City will not achieve zero traffic fatalities or serious injuries without these fundamental improvements.

The report card release event this past Tuesday highlighted a success story at Albrook Drive in Montbello, where the City recently installed a protected pedestrian refuge island and pedestrian-activated flashing signal.

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