Mayor’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee Retreat

by Jennifer Addair on June 8, 2016

MPAC June 2016 Retreat

On June 4, 2016, the Mayor’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee (MPAC) held its first retreat!

A little history

The Committee was established in January 2015 following a petition led by WalkDenver. MPAC is a citizen advisory board for the Mayor, City Council, and City staff on pedestrian matters, and includes representatives from each district and at-large members, who represent a broad set of experience and knowledge.

Since establishment, MPAC has focused on building collective knowledge on all things pedestrian, understanding existing city plans, standards, and practices, learning from pedestrian advisory groups in other cities, providing feedback to Public Works on projects, and preparing for the Denver Moves: Pedestrians & Trails plan.

To continue its development as an effective pedestrian advisory committee, MPAC’s retreat focused on a few specific items.

Denveright Plans

The group received an update from City Planner Riley LaMie on the four Denveright plans (Denver Moves: Pedestrians & Trails, Denver Moves: Transit, Game Plan, and Blueprint Denver). Public outreach and engagement is a critical component to these plans, and will include a Community Think Tank (which is accepting applications through June 24). With MPAC representation on the task forces for each plan, the group will be able to assess and potentially influence topics ranging from infrastructure (sidewalks, crosswalks, etc.), health, sustainability, policy, land-use, parks/trails, and more.

MPAC Value Proposition

MPAC member Bennie Covington led the group through several exercises to identify how MPAC provides value, challenges the group might face, and the supporting role of MPAC subcommittees. These exercises led the group to solidify their value proposition: MPAC helps city government (elected & staff) to prioritize policy for pedestrians so they can allocate resources to improve the pedestrian environment.

To fulfill that value proposition, MPAC members will need to better understand the process of city government, ensure there is broad public buy-in, and further define how the group most effectively operates. Each subcommittee also identified their supporting value propositions and a defining word: Policy = Participate, Communications = Understand, and Infrastructure = Evaluate. 

Overall, it was a very successful retreat, and MPAC members left energized and excited, ready to help advance pedestrian priorities in Denver.

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