Ride and Walk of Silence

For the past two years, the Denver Vision Zero Coalition has invited community members to participate in a walk or bike ride known as the Ride & Walk of Silence to commemorate the lives that have been lost to traffic crashes on our streets and to bring attention to the human toll of dangerous street design that prioritizes speed over safety.

The Ride of Silence is an annual international event to honor cyclists who were killed or seriously injured on public roadways. As cities around the world, including Denver, have adopted Vision Zero policies, there is an even greater awareness around the need to design safer streets to protect the most vulnerable users of the road.

The 2017 event in Denver took place at Cheesman Park near Colfax Avenue, which is part of the High Injury Network, the 5 percent of Denver streets that account for almost half of all traffic deaths in the city. This year, the event was hosted near Federal Boulevard where eleven people were killed in traffic crashes last year, seven of them pedestrians – a fatality rate more than 20 times the average for urban streets in Colorado.

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The Denver Vision Zero Coalition is a group of community organizations in Denver that formed in January 2016 to support the City and County of Denver’s adoption of Vision Zero and the goal of zero traffic fatalities or serious injuries. The mission of the Vision Zero Coalition is to inform and advocate for the swift, data-driven and equitable implementation of Vision Zero projects and policies in order to end all traffic deaths and serious injuries on Denver roadways.

Contact Jill Locantore for more information.