Thankful for Walkability Wins in 2015

by Jill Locantore on November 25, 2015

Help us celebrate, and take on even bigger challenges in 2016!

WalkDenver’s efforts to make Denver the most walkable city in the nation depend on people like you, and in 2015 you came through for us! Thousands of you supported WalkDenver by volunteering your time and talents, signing petitions, donating money, and participating in events.

Colfax Holiday PartyPlease join us in celebrating the numerous walkability wins of 2015 at the Colfax Holiday Party on Wednesday, December 9th.  Your free tickets include delicious food from neighborhood eateries, live music and great drinks.  You can also upgrade your ticket to receive WalkDenver- and Colfax-branded swag (including ornaments, t-shirts, mugs and hoodies) at the event.

CGD 2015_Master.sm.RGBWe also hope you will consider contributing to WalkDenver on Colorado Gives Day, which is December 8 this year. Your donation makes WalkDenver’s advocacy happen! With your support, we can build on the successes of of 2015 and take on even bigger challenges in 2016. You don’t have to wait until December 8 to pledge; schedule your donation today!

Here are just some of the 2015 walkability wins WalkDenver is proud of:

  • In January, Mayor Hancock appointed a new Pedestrian Advisory Committee, a key goal of WalkDenver’s advocacy efforts in 2014.

  • In February, WalkDenver and PlaceMatters released a new, improved version of WALKscope, the online tool that allows Denver residents to record pedestrian conditions their neighborhoods.

  • Also in February, WalkDenver released a report documenting the factors that make Colfax, Denver’s premier Main Street, such a wicked place for pedestrians

  • In May, WalkDenver and our partners installed public art and pedestrian wayfinding signs in the Jefferson Park neighborhood, as part of the crowd-funded “Great Paths” project.

  • In July, WalkDenver launched our “People on Colfax” initiative with the first-ever I Walk Colfax Gala and Video Contest.

  • In August, the wildly successful Reimagine West Colfax demonstration project allowed residents and visitors to experience, for one day, what a pedestrian and bicycle friendly Colfax would look and feel like.

  • Also in August, WalkDenver released a report with recommendations on improving walkability in North Denver as part of the Cultivate Health project, focused on the redevelopment of the former Marycrest Convent near Regis University.

  • In September, WalkDenver and partners released a report on funding strategies for “first and last mile connections” – infrastructure that connects people to our rapidly expanding transit system.

  • In October, WalkDenver launched the “Denver Deserves Sidewalks” initiative, calling on the City to dedicate funding for sidewalk construction and repair.  To date, nearly 2,000 people have signed the petition, and dozens of organizations have provided support letters.

  • In November, City Council approved Mayor Hancock’s 2016 Budget, which includes funding to hire the City’s first-ever full time Pedestrian Planner.  This position will shepherd the planning and implementation of the Denver Moves Pedestrians program, which WalkDenver successfully advocated for the City to undertake.

We greatly appreciate the community support that made these wins possible. We hope that you will continue to stay engaged with WalkDenver’s work in 2016.  Together, we can make Denver the most walkable and a truly great city!

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