Our New Year’s resolutions: a look ahead to 2020

by Jessica Vargas on January 2, 2020

After looking back at all the great work we accomplished in 2019, we decided to take a look at the coming year. We know there is still a lot of work to be done, so here are a few of our New Year’s resolutions for 2020: 

Continue to advocate for sustainable transportation funding

As founding members of the Denver Streets Partnership, we will continue to advocate for dedicated funding to build safe street networks for people who walk, roll, bike and access transit. Since we launched the Denver Deserves Sidewalks campaign in 2015, we have been calling on the City to assume responsibility for building and repairing sidewalks, and to establish a dedicated funding source for this purpose. With the Denver Moves plans in place to guide the City’s transportation investments and the creation of a new Department of Transportation and Infrastructure to oversee the implementation of these plans, there should be dedicated funding to match. 

Strengthen community and business relationships on South Federal

In 2019, WalkDenver spent a lot of time on the South Federal corridor working on a unique new initiative. The Friends of Little Saigon, a collaboration with the West Denver Renaissance Collaborative, the Vietnamese American Community of Colorado, and numerous local businesses, property owners, and residents, was focused on identifying placemaking and safety improvements to the pedestrian environment along Federal between Alameda and Mississippi Avenues. We hope to use the information we’ve gathered to continue our collaboration with local stakeholders with the goal of creating a safer, more inviting, and economically vibrant South Federal. We’ll be cohosting more events like the Night Market and MId-Autumn Festival to highlight the area’s multicultural identity and the benefits of walkability.

Demonstrate more people-friendly streets throughout the city

We helped organize a number of temporary pop-up traffic calming and placemaking events last year, helping communities in different parts of Denver envision safer streets in their neighborhoods. The Vision Zero Community Program brought ideas for safety improvements to life through a partnership with the City, WalkDenver, and other organizations and community members passionate about making their streets more people-friendly. The pop-ups gave us valuable insight and feedback into what makes a street more inviting and safe for people to walk, roll, and bike. In 2020, these pop-ups will focus on neighborhood ideas as well as planned improvements from the City.  

Work with City leaders to update street design guidelines

A few weeks ago, we wrote about the City’s effort to develop a new set of Complete Streets guidelines. This effort is part of a larger plan to revise the City’s outdated street design standards that currently prioritize the movement of cars over the health and well-being of people. At the end of this month, we are partnering with the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure to host a Street Design Summit, which will bring together public agencies and community members to discuss how we can better manage competing demands on our street space while putting people first. At the Summit, we will test out the draft Complete Streets guidelines on a few local case studies, and set the stage for the development of more detailed street design standards later in the year.

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