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. Vision Zero is a strategy used around the world to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all.

Get your Slow the Funk Down sign!

WalkDenver created the “Slow the Funk Down” yard signs as part of our Vision Zero Community Art Project, aimed at raising awareness of Denver’s commitment to Vision Zero and the goal of eliminating traffic fatalities. We partnered with local artists at the So-Gnar Creative Division, The Signtologist, and community members to design these colorful signs reminding people to please drive safely.

The signs have been so popular, we’ve transitioned to making the signs available for a donation of $10 each. You may pick up your sign(s) anytime Monday – Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, at Zenith Home Loans, 1423 S. Pearl Street, Denver CO 80210. Please bring your receipt when you come to pick up your sign(s). WalkDenver is not able to offer delivery at this time.

What We’re Working On

With the release of the City’s Vision Zero Action Plan in 2017 that included many of the Coalition’s Core Principles, we have been working on a number of projects that will increase awareness of Vision Zero in Denver and push for the implementation of the Action Plan. Here is information about our current projects and how you can get involved:

Vision Zero Action Plan Progress Report Card

WalkDenver joined with other members of the Denver Streets Partnership to release a report card and awarded an overall “C“ grade for the City and County of Denver’s 2018 progress on their Vision Zero Action Plan, which established the goal of eliminating traffic fatalities by the year 2030. The report card grades the City’s progress toward annual goals for building new infrastructure identified in the plan and found that while the City met its 2018 goals in some areas, it fell short in other areas.

Vision Zero Community Program

WalkDenver is excited to announce the launch of the new Vision Zero Community Program! We are partnering with the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) and Denver Public Works on this innovative program that 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. Communities throughout Denver have expressed growing concern about traffic safety. The new program offers residents the opportunity to have their voices heard about how safety on public streets can be improved.

Federal Boulevard

The Coalition continues to work on bringing attention to the urgent need for safety improvements on Federal Boulevard. Since 2012, 21 people have lost their lives while walking on Federal Boulevard in Denver. Seven people were killed in 2017 alone. This is a fatality rate more than 20 times the average for an urban streets in Colorado. In our report “It’s Time to Fix Federal Boulevard,” we highlight the dangerous conditions on Federal and include specific actions the City should undertake immediately.

Vision Zero Photovoice Project: Federal Boulevard

In April 2018, WalkDenver will be partnered with the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment and the University of Denver to host the Vision Zero Photovoice Project, a free photography training workshop that prepared participants to take pictures that illustrated their experiences getting around on Federal Boulevard. Denverites who live, work, shop, or play in the Federal Boulevard area had the opportunity to come learn about how to use photos and videos to tell their stories. Participants worked with others to compile photographs and videos for a public exhibit at the City’s Vision Zero Summit on May 12, 2018.

Vision Zero Community Art Projects

The Vision Zero Community Art Projects bring together the community along Denver’s Colfax corridor to create public art installations that raise awareness of traffic safety and Denver’s commitment to end traffic fatalities and serious injuries as a Vision Zero city. This artwork supports a dialogue among residents, city officials, advocacy groups, and artists about our community values, and how we design our neighborhoods and streets to reflect those values.

State Legislation

In addition to supporting Vision Zero in the City and County of Denver, the Coalition actively monitors Colorado state legislation that can either support or hinder Denver’s efforts to reduce traffic fatalities. Our advocacy recently helped defeat State House Bill 1099, which aimed to dismantle automated enforcement legislation which helps keep our most vulnerable users on the road safer. In 2018, our advocacy previously helped to defeat proposed State House Bill 1072 that would also have prevented municipalities from using photo speed enforcement and red light cameras – technology proven to save lives. Visit the WalkDenver Action Center for updates on the latest legislative activities and how you can make your voice heard at the state level.

Safe Speeds for Denver

Since the success of our 2017 Safe Speeds for Denver petition and the City’s adoption of the Vision Zero Action Plan, Denver Public Works has begun implementing a number of quick and inexpensive street design changes at locations all over the city. These traffic calming measures are intended to slow vehicle speeds and make it safer to walk and bike. As more of these projects are installed and evaluated, WalkDenver hopes to see many more such treatments all over the City as a way to quickly respond to neighborhood concerns about speeding and improve safety for all street users.

Ride and Walk of Silence

Since 2016, the Denver Vision Zero Coalition has invited community members to an annual walk or bike ride known as the Ride & Walk of Silence. This event commemorates 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.

Vision Zero Stories

We are inviting Denverites who have been affected by traffic crashes to share their stories and help raise awareness of the human costs of unsafe streets​. The Vision Zero Stories series will serve as both a heartfelt tribute and powerful storytelling tool in ensuring that steps are taken to eliminate preventable traffic crashes here in Denver.

Previous Work

Coalition activities have included the following:

Our Core Principles

  1. Zero Deaths and Serious Injuries is the Right Goal. No one should die or suffer serious injuries just trying to get around Denver. Traffic crashes that result in injuries and fatalities are predictable and therefore preventable.
  2. Life is Most Important. The protection of human life and health must be the overriding goal of traffic planning, engineering, and enforcement. This represents a move away from the primacy of driving and prioritization of speed.
  3. Every Person Matters. Everyone has the right to be safe on Denver’s streets, regardless of how they travel, and regardless of age, income, race, ethnicity, or ability.
  4. The Government is Responsible for Safe Street Design. Individuals can only control their own behavior; the government designs the overall transportation system. Denver’s public officials must take the lead in designing a safe system and not assign fault to victims of an unsafe system.
  5. People Make Mistakes. Mistakes don’t have to be fatal. Traffic systems can and must be designed to account for the inevitability of human error. Traffic systems that attempt to change aspects of basic human nature will eventually fail.
  6. Safe Designs Lead to Safe Behaviors. Community and street design are the biggest determinants of people’s travel behaviors. To achieve the goal of zero fatalities and serious injuries, we must correct poorly designed areas that invite speeding and other unsafe behaviors, while providing complete multi-modal networks that enable people to get where they need to go.
  7. Enforcement Cannot Correct for Dangerous Street Design. Traditional officer-initiated enforcement should be a last resort, not the primary tactic. Over-reliance of enforcement can exacerbate racial and social injustices and erode mutual feelings of trust and safety between our police officers and the communities they serve.
  8. The Most Dangerous Locations and Behaviors Merit the Most Attention. Engineering and enforcement strategies must be transparent; focus on the most problematic locations, crash types, and behaviors; and be informed by accurate and timely information as well as the lived, human experience of Denver residents.
  9. People Driving Have a Critical Responsibility. When we drive, we are controlling a machine that can inflict a great deal of harm. We therefore have a critical responsibility to consider the safety of people not traveling by car.
  10. Safe Streets Enhance Our Freedom. Eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries will help transform Denver into a truly multi-modal city that supports walking, biking, and transit use, with happy, healthy residents and a thriving economy.

For more information about the Denver Vision Zero Coalition, please contact Jill Locantore. The Denver Vision Zero Coalition is managed by the Denver Streets Partnership. Coalition members include the following: