Provide input on Denver’s Complete Streets design guidelines

by Jessica Vargas on October 31, 2019

Collage of three images including a crosswalk, bus stop, and a bike lane.

Updated Complete Streets guidelines are needed for Denver to become a safer, more multimodal city

As a leading Vision Zero City, Denver has committed to implementing street safety improvements on an annual basis. A key factor holding our city back from our achieving the goal of zero deaths by 2030 is an outdated set of street design standards that prioritize the movement of cars over the health and well-being of people. The City & County of Denver needs street design standards that put people first. The City is currently in the beginning stages of updating their Complete Streets guidelines, and is seeking public input

What are Complete Streets?

The City’s current Complete Street Design Guidelines are the guiding principles for the city’s public right of way, detailing how Denver Public Works allocates space to transportation, utilities and other public infrastructure. New state-of-the-art street design standards should create Complete Streets that are safe for all road users. WalkDenver and the Denver Streets Partnership believe these designs must prioritize traffic calming for pedestrian and bicyclist safety over driver convenience. While there is no one way to create a complete street, Denver should adopt updated street design standards that achieve the following core functions:

  • Discourage speeding by design
  • Encourage walking, biking, and/or public transit use
  • Provide accessibility to all, regardless of age or physical ability

Furthermore, all street projects (both new construction and improvements to existing streets) should aim to incorporate these important “Complete Streets” elements. If these elements are not included in a street project, the City should publicly explain why.

  1. ADA accessibility
  2. Dedicated unloading zones
  3. Dedicated mass transit facilities
  4. Narrow vehicle lanes
  5. Wide sidewalks
  6. Pedestrian amenities
  7. Signal timing that reinforces safe speeds
  8. Signal-protected pedestrian crossings
  9. Pedestrian islands on multi-lane streets
  10. Protected bike lanes

You can provide your input on Complete Streets by taking the City’s online survey.

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