Thankful for Walkability Wins in 2014

by Jill Locantore on November 20, 2014

2014 has been a great year for walkability in Denver. Help continue the momentum into 2015 by scheduling your donation to WalkDenver on Colorado Gives Day

CGD 2014

At WalkDenver, we’re thankful for the many wins for walkability that took place in 2014.  Here is just a partial list:

  • In February, WalkDenver in partnership with PlaceMatters launched WALKscope, a mobile, internet-based tool for collecting data related to sidewalks, intersections, and pedestrian counts. This data will help create an inventory of pedestrian infrastructure in Denver, identify gaps, and inform future pedestrian infrastructure improvements and policy changes.
  • In April Denver received a Gold Walk Friendly Community designation, one of only 13 communities across the country. WalkDenver collaborated with the City and County of Denver to apply for the designation, which came with recommendations for how Denver can continue to improve.
  • In May, WalkDenver received a major grant from Kaiser Permanente to advance pedestrian policy in Denver.  With this funding, WalkDenver is building a coalition of partner organizations committed to following up on the recommendations that came with the Gold designation and further enhancing Denver’s pedestrian environment.
  • In July, WalkDenver transitioned from being primarily volunteer driven to a professionally staffed organization when we hired our first full-time staff member.
  • In August, WalkDenver announced a partnership with the CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning on a project that will assess walkability along current and planned transit lines.  Students in Professor Ken Schroeppel‘s Planning Methods class are working in small teams, each focused on a different neighborhood along the recently completed West Line or near the planned 38th and Blake station.
  • In October, WalkDenver completed our first successful crowdfunding campaign, and in just four days raised almost $9,000 for our project Great Paths: The Boulevard at Jefferson Park.  The project will promote neighborhood amenities and walking in northwest Denver through quick, low-cost pedestrian improvements.
  • In November, WalkDenver declared success on our petition calling upon city officials to establish a pedestrian advisory committee and develop a Denver Moves Pedestrians implementation plan.  After more than 1,100 individuals signed the petition and nearly 50 organizations provided letters of support, Mayor Hancock gave the green light to forming the advisory committee, and City Council approved funding for Denver Moves Pedestrians.

We are very excited to continue building on these successes in 2015!  You can help WalkDenver work toward our goal of making Denver the most walkability city in the country by scheduling a donation to WalkDenver on Colorado Gives Day.

Thank you for your support!

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