Join us on May 15 to remember the lives lost to traffic crashes in Denver

by Jessica Vargas on April 18, 2019

You are invited to participate in the 2019 Ride & Walk of Silence on Wednesday, May 15, to commemorate the lives that have been lost to traffic crashes on our streets and to bring attention to the human toll of dangerous street design that prioritizes speed over safety. The Ride of Silence is an annual international event to honor cyclists who were killed or seriously injured on public roadways. As cities around the world, including Denver, have adopted Vision Zero policies, there is an even greater awareness around the need to design safer streets to protect the most vulnerable users of the road.

Last year, the event was hosted near Federal Boulevard where eleven people were killed in traffic crashes in 2017, seven of them pedestrians – a fatality rate more than 20 times the average for urban streets in Colorado. Participants signed postcards to the Mayor asking that he commit $5 million to make Federal safer for people walking, biking, and accessing transit. This year, the Denver Streets Partnership will be launching the 20 is Plenty campaign at the event to call for lowering Denver’s default speed limit to 20 mph. Similar efforts in SeattleBostonPortland, and New York City have been shown to increase safety while raising speed limits has historically led to higher fatality rates

We will gather at the City & County Building and then make our make our way to Sunken Gardens Park for a ceremony. 

5:30 pm – Gather at the City & County Building (1437 Bannock Street)
6:00 pm – Walkers and bike riders will depart on their routes
6:45 pm – Arrive at Sunken Gardens Park (800 N Delaware Street)
7:00 pm – Opening Remarks by Jill Locantore, Denver Streets Partnership
7:10 pm – Remembrance of Victims
7:30 pm – Final Blessing

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