Join us at the 303 ArtWay Community Festival in NE Park Hill on June 22!

by Jessica Vargas on May 30, 2019

You’re invited to join us on Saturday, June 22 in Northeast Park Hill for a community festival and Vision Zero traffic calming demonstration!

After the success of our pop-up traffic calming demonstration on Federal Blvd, WalkDenver is helping communities all over the city plan similar events in their neighborhoods as part of the Vision Zero Community Program. A partnership with the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment and Denver Public Works, the Vision Zero Community Program is providing technical assistance and funding for seven projects this year aimed at raising awareness about traffic safety and Vision Zero in Denver. 

For this project, WalkDenver is teaming up with the 303 ArtWay and Radian Inc to organize a pop-up event on Saturday, June 22, that uses low-cost materials like colorfully painted tires and spotted beach balls to temporarily display a safer street. In alignment with 303 ArtWay’s mission to increase safety and mobility in the NE Park Hill community, the pop-up event will be taking over the 35th and Holly intersection to demonstrate widened sidewalks, a sheltered bus stop, bike lanes and pedestrian crosswalks. The pop-up will also feature food trucks, fun activities, and opportunities to help design the future Heritage Trail as well. We hope to see you there! To volunteer for this event, visit bit.ly/artway-volunteer.

The proposed 303 ArtWay Heritage Trail is a 4-mile pedestrian and bike route connecting the 40th and Colorado Transit Station to Holly Square and the Dahlia Campus for Health and Well Being in Northeast Park Hill. The Heritage Trail’s three themes of Art, Health and Heritage originated from the community’s collective desire for improved connectivity and increased cultural expression to highlight, preserve and expand the area’s local heritage. The vision of the project is to create a people-friendly path that encourages walking or bicycling activity, increases safety and celebrates the rich cultural history of the Northeast Park Hill community.

This event is also another example of tactical urbanism where advocates, artists, community residents and city leaders use quicker on-the ground improvements to set a vision for longer-term safety changes that align with the Vision Zero goal of zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries. While road diets and major redesigns might be the best solution for many cities’ most deadly roads, tactical urbanism is another promising example of how everyday items like tires, beach balls, hay, paint, chalk and creative signs can influence awareness and engage the community at large via low effort, low cost actions.  

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