Visit our pop-up traffic calming demonstration during Tasty Colfax 2019!

by Jessica Vargas on July 18, 2019

If you’re planning on attending the 11th annual Tasty Colfax this year, you might notice an exciting addition to this year’s event. As part of the Vision Zero Community Program, WalkDenver is partnering with Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods and the Tasty Colfax organizers to bring you a pop-up traffic calming demonstration on Colfax between Madison and Munroe Streets, just outside the Tasty Colfax check-in location at Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
3525 E Colfax Ave

The Tasty Colfax is an annual restaurant and pub crawl through the eclectic business, entertainment, and arts districts on E Colfax Ave between York and Colorado Blvd. This event features numerous district eateries, showcasing their delectables, ranging from Thai food to the best biscuits in Denver. The extended block party fuses urban energy with small town community, and includes live music and fine art.

The Colfax & Madison intersection is home to an increasing number of popular restaurants, bars, and other neighborhood destinations and has seen a corresponding increase in pedestrian traffic in recent years. The Tasty Colfax event brings even more people walking, rolling, and riding to the intersection as they visit the check-in location and participating businesses located there. Anyone familiar with trying to navigate Colfax outside of a car knows how difficult and at times dangerous it can be. Short crossing times at intersections and long distances between marked and signalized crossings mean many people have to cross Colfax where there is no protection for anyone on foot or bike or go too far out of their way to reach a safer crossing point.

With a Bus Rapid Transit project being planned for Colfax that would include adding more safe crossing locations, this pop-up traffic calming demonstration is a great opportunity to reimagine Colfax as a more people-friendly street in the future. That’s why next Tuesday, we’ll be repurposing some street space along Colfax into space for people. Between Madison and Munroe Streets, we’ll be using the parking lane to create a wider buffer between the sidewalk and moving vehicles. We’ll also be closing the center turn lane to reduce potential conflicts and provide a mid-block refuge for the designated crossing location outside of Bastien’s restaurant. 

So this year, there is no need to drive to Tasty Colfax – you’re invited to walk or bring your bike! Arrive in style on a set of (two) wheels and we’ll even park it for you. Complimentary bike valet is provided by Wish For Wheels, a Denver-based nonprofit that provides a new bike and helmet to 2nd graders in Title I schools. The gift of a new bike transforms a kid’s life by increasing physical activity, broadening horizons, and showing them the joy of biking! See you next Tuesday!

Volunteers will receive a free Tasty Pass!

If you’d like to support this Vision Zero event, please sign up to volunteer! In addition to helping us highlight the need for better, safer crossings along Colfax, you’ll also receive a free Tasty Pass so you can sample what the corridor has to offer. Visit the link below to see the available shifts!

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