Seven projects chosen for the new Vision Zero Community Program!

by Jessica Vargas on January 17, 2019

We’re looking forward to working on the seven new Vision Zero Community Program projects in 2019!

Last fall, we announced our partnership with the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment and Denver Public Works on the Vision Zero Community Program. This exciting new initiative will give teams of community members an opportunity to design a project to increase awareness of Vision Zero and promote safer streets in their neighborhoods. The program received a total of 26 applications, proving that there is great need for and interest in creating more people-friendly streets in Denver.

The seven selected projects will receive technical and financial assistance from the City and WalkDenver. We are looking forward to working with the dedicated community members whose projects were chosen to be part of this brand-new program: 

Silverman Park Project (Montbello): Led by Montbello Walks, Council District 11, and Montbello 20/20, this project will work on traffic calming at the intersection of Andrews Dr. and Tulsa Ct., which is the main entrance to Silverman Park. The project will include a temporary pop-up demonstration to test out ideas for safer access to the park, as well as public art to bring more community identity to the park. 

Colfax/East High School Project (Capitol Hill, Cheesman Park): Led by residents of Congress Park and Capitol Hill, this project is a combination of two proposals both working with a similar aim to improve safety on Colfax Ave using data collection, traffic calming, and crossings on Colfax between York and Madison.

303 ArtWay Project (Northeast Park Hill): Led by applicants associated with the Urban Land ConservancyRadian/Placematters, and Park Hill residents, this project will create a tactical urbanism project to increase community awareness of traffic calming needs along a North Park Hill section of the proposed 303 ArtWay.

Quebec Street Project (East Colfax): Led by East Colfax residents, The Fax Partnership, and McAuliffe International School, this project will create a temporary pop-up demonstration to highlight pedestrian and transit access on Quebec.

Auraria Campus Project (Auraria): Led by the WTS (Advancing Women in Transportation) chapter of the University of Colorado at Denver, this team aims to advance Vision Zero on the Auraria campus using a variety of methods that may include data collection, tactical urbanism, and/or photovoice. A secondary aim is to provide a real-world learning opportunity for students working on becoming leaders in the transportation field. 

Yale Ave Project (University Hills): Led by the University Hills RNO, District 4 Mobility & Streetscapes Working Group, Councilperson Black, and University Hills Plaza, this traffic calming pop-up project will extend from South Dahlia St to South Brook Drive on Yale Avenue.

Illuminated Nighttime Bike Ride + Art Gala Fundraiser (Citywide): Led by a group of Denver residents in partnership with Children’s Hospital Colorado, the goal of the project is to raise awareness of Vision Zero by creating an annual, self-sustaining Vision Zero Art Festival. The inaugural year will include an art gala and an illuminated nighttime bike ride.

These projects are in very early planning stages, so we will be sure to provide updates over the coming months! 

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