Show us how construction detours affect walking, biking, and accessing transit!

by Jessica Vargas on October 25, 2018

You can help inform an update of Denver’s construction detour policies!

Earlier this year, the Mayor’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee (MPAC) identified the need for better construction detour policies as one of their top priorities. Denver Public Works is responding by working on updates to these policies to better accommodate people walking and biking. WalkDenver is now partnering with MPAC on a #DetoursForPeople campaign, with the support of the Denver Streets Partnership and Denver Public Works. We have released a new online mapping tool that anyone can use to highlight access and safety issues created by sidewalk and bike lane closures due to construction.

This community engagement effort will crowdsource data about the impacts of construction detours, and will inform a process to update the City of Denver’s policies to better accommodate pedestrians and cyclists in construction zones. The goals of the project are to collect at least 100 data points of unique construction detour sites and to collect data in at least 60% of neighborhoods in Denver.

How to participate:

  1. Spot a construction detour wherever you’re walking, biking, or taking transit in Denver
  2. Go to bit.ly/DetoursForPeople on your smartphone or computer 
  3. Enter your name and click “get started”
  4. Navigate to the detour’s location on the map
  5. Snap a photo, answer a brief survey about the construction detour, and click “submit answers”!

Bonus points for including a good story about how your commute was interrupted! You can also share examples of GOOD construction detours that are safe and convenient for everyone.

Weekly examples will be highlighted by MPAC and partners on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, using the hashtag #DetoursForPeople. All data collected through December 31st, 2018 will be analyzed into a report as the City of Denver analyzes policy changes to better accommodate people in construction zones.

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