The Denver Vision Zero Coalition will be hosting a Ride and Walk of Silence on Wednesday, May 17, 6:30 – 8 pm, to commemorate the lives lost to traffic crashes. We will meet at the corner of Colfax Avenue and Franklin Street at 6:30 pm. From there we will walk and ride bikes into Cheesman Park. Visit the Facebook event page to register and send invites.
Last year in Denver, 61 people died in traffic crashes, including 27 people traveling on foot or by bike. Although pedestrians and cyclists are involved in only four percent of crashes, they account for about one third of the traffic deaths — more than one fatality every two weeks. You can read about some of the people who lost their lives walking or biking in Denver last year, and the three people who were killed while walking so far this year.
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. The Denver Ride and Walk of Silence on May 17 will honor all of the lives lost to traffic crashes, and anyone is welcome to attend.
The Denver Vision Zero Coalition is a group of community organizations in Denver that formed in January 2016 to support the City and County of Denver’s adoption of Vision Zero and the goal of zero traffic fatalities or serious injuries. The mission of the Vision Zero Coalition is to inform and advocate for the swift, data-driven and equitable implementation of Vision Zero projects and policies in order to end all traffic deaths and serious injuries on Denver roadways.