As Mayor Michael Hancock envisions 2017 as the year of mobility, the Denver Streets Partnership advocates to fund, build and maintain a complete, active transportation system
A coalition of Denver-based organizations concerned about mobility and safety issues are calling for $40 million per year in funding to build safe street networks for people who walk, bike and access transit. This level of annual, dedicated funding is needed to address safety and access issues and provide Denver residents with mobility options by fixing Denver’s missing and substandard sidewalks, building the Denver Moves Bicycles plan, and expanding Denver B-cycle. This would ensure Denver has people-friendly streets that make biking, walking, and accessing transit safe, easy, and convenient for people of all ages, incomes, and abilities.
“People in Denver want better options to get around safely and they want to see pedestrian and bicycle networks funded and built at a faster pace,” said Piep van Heuven, Denver Director of Bicycle Colorado.
“This is one of those moments when the city has the support of the community to make significant progress,” said Jill Locantore, Associate Director of WalkDenver and Chair of the Denver Vision Zero Coalition.
Denver has allocated $5 million in dedicated funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects in 2017, including the first ever funds for sidewalks. This represents an increase from 2014 dedicated funding levels that were less than $1 million, but lags behind peer cities like Las Vegas, Seattle and Minneapolis that spent 20 to 40 times as much in 2014.*
A fall survey conducted by OnSight Public Affairs for Bicycle Colorado revealed that the majority of people in Denver ride bikes and overwhelmingly support building the Denver Moves Bicycles network. A growing chorus of residents have also been demanding improvements to the crumbling and disconnected sidewalk network.
- 62% of Denver residents surveyed supported increasing the investment in bicycling infrastructure, even if it means a reduction in traffic lanes and parking.
- More than 60% of Denver residents stated they would opt for a bike over a car if consistent bike infrastructure were provided.
- 64% of Denver residents aged 18 to 34 said Denver should spend more than the current 2% of transportation infrastructure dollars on biking and walking.
With traffic and safety issues at the forefront of conversations in Denver and statewide, mobility options and funding opportunities will be a focus as the city crafts a 2018 budget and creates a General Obligation Bond package for voter approval in November 2017.
Community organizations concerned about the need for better mobility options have come together as the Denver Streets Partnership to advocate for increased funding. Members of the partnership include Bicycle Colorado, BikeDenver, Denver B-cycle, Denver Cruiser Ride, WalkDenver, and the Denver Vision Zero Coalition. For more information visit: www.denverstreetspartnership.
If you live in Denver, you can contact the Mayor and City Council through the Bicycle Colorado website. There you will find template letters and be easily connected to your councilperson and the mayor. Please add whatever personal stories you can regarding your use and desired use of sidewalks, public transportation, and bike lanes and paths. Allied organizations interested in providing support can contact Jill Locantore at email@example.com.
*2016 Alliance for Biking and Walking Benchmarking Report (2014 Data)