Pop-up traffic calming demonstrations are coming soon to a neighborhood near you!

by Jessica Vargas on August 16, 2018

This summer, WalkDenver has been working with residents of three Denver neighborhoods to design “pop-up” traffic calming demonstrations using tactical urbanism, and volunteers are needed to help make the final projects a success!

Tactical urbanism is a fun way to bring together residents, community partners, and local leaders to promote people-friendly streets.That’s why we’ve partnered with residents of Athmar Park, Capitol Hill, and Regis/Chaffee Park to plan pop-up demonstrations along some unsafe streets in their neighborhoods. Read more below about each of the projects, and how to get involved.

Envisioning a safer Tejon Street in Athmar Park

Last year WalkDenver partnered with the Athmar Park Active Living Coalition to assess conditions for people walking and biking in this southwest Denver neighborhood, and develop recommendations for improvements. We heard from many residents concerned about speeding vehicles and unsafe crossings, especially near several schools and community destinations located along Tejon Street. From September 8 to 14, a pop-up demonstration will show how sidewalk buffers, mini roundabouts, curb extensions (also known as bulbouts), chicanes, and protected bike lanes can help reduce vehicle speeds and make it safer for people to walk and bike along and across Tejon.

Participating in data collection is an easy way to get involved! Volunteers will participate in counting pedestrians, recording speeds, and taking surveys. This information is extremely important for us to gather, as it will be used to demonstrate how well these traffic-calming measures work and build the case for more permanent features throughout the area. To sign up to volunteer for data collection on September 2, 5, 9, or 12, please visit the online sign-up page or email APALC program manager Rosie Devito. You can also email Rosie if you’d like to help us with setting up the event on September 8 and taking it down on September 14.

We are also still working on collecting the following materials: tires, wood pallets, planters, large buckets, or large metal or wooden containers, dirt, rocks, or soil to fill the planters, and artificial plants or flowers. If you have any of these materials you would like to donate, please email Rosie to arrange a drop-off or pick-up!

Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods wants to address safety on 13th Ave

Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods (CHUN) reached out to WalkDenver about ideas to address issues of speeding, unsafe crossings, and narrow sidewalks along 13th Avenue. We have been helping them with pop-up ideas that encourage drivers to slow down and make the street safer for locals to walk to neighborhood destinations on or near 13th Ave. CHUN members have identified the Marion and Lafayette intersections as examples of unsafe intersections where we can install temporary curb extensions, crosswalks, and possibly a parklet as potential design treatments that could be used all along the 13th Ave corridor.

The projected date for the pop-up is Saturday September 29, 2018 and we need volunteers to help make it happen! On Saturday, September 22, we will have a data collection event where we will be measuring vehicle speeds prior to our pop-up event. We may also need volunteers on that day to help prep materials for the event. Then on Saturday, September 29, we will need volunteers to help set up before the event, monitor and collect surveys during the event, and help tear down after the event. Sign up to volunteer and please help us spread the word! Details about the event and volunteer activities coming soon!

Regis University is teaming up with local residents and businesses to tackle Federal Boulevard

WalkDenver was invited to come speak to the Regis University Community Council last year about our Vision Zero efforts on Federal Boulevard and how we could help support their Cultivate Health initiative in northwest Denver. Residents of the Chaffee Park, Regis, and Berkeley neighborhoods who sit on the Council said that Federal acts as a barrier between their neighborhoods due to speeding and a lack of safe places to cross, making it difficult to walk, bike, or take transit in the area. Thanks to a grant from the AARP Community Challenge program, WalkDenver is able to help the Community Council plan and implement a pop-up event on Federal Boulevard.

Using data from our “It’s Time to Fix Federal Boulevard” report, the Council identified the intersection of Federal and W 50th Ave as an intersection that would benefit from quick safety improvements. In addition to providing access to the university, several bus routes pass through this intersection and 50th has a buffered bike lane that bicyclists use to get across Federal. On Saturday, October 6, we’ll be hosting a pop-up event at this intersection that includes temporary curb extensions, bike lane protection, a temporary median, and better bus stops. If you’d like to learn more about this project and how you can volunteer, visit the event’s Facebook page and attend the upcoming community meeting on September 10.

WalkDenver has helped coordinate quite a few tactical urbanism in the past few years – from larger, festival-like demonstration events like our two Better Block events and Re-imagine West Colfax to smaller neighborhood art projects like trail wayfinding signs in Barnum and the Lakewood Gulch Trail and intersection murals in Sunnyside and Athmar Park. Our biggest demonstration to date was the “Over the Colfax Clover” event on June 3of this year, when we took over a portion of the Colfax and Federal cloverleaf interchange and created a pop-up neighborhood. Check out the new video with highlights from the event!

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