Bicycle Colorado and the Denver Streets Partnership are better together
Announcing version 2.0 of the Denver Streets Partnership
We have some exciting changes coming to our Denver work.
In 2016, Bicycle Colorado partnered with a number of advocacy organizations to create the Denver Streets Partnership, a coalition aimed at dramatically improving biking, walking and public transportation in Denver.
After four years of co-chairing the Denver Streets Partnership, we have learned that by collaborating with respected organizations from other sectors such as health and climate, and by advocating for safe streets for all vulnerable road users, we can achieve the greatest impact for people who ride bikes. Together, we’ve:
- secured more than $115 million for bike and pedestrian projects in the Denver GO Bond
- tripled the City’s annual budget for bike projects
- secured a commitment from the mayor to add 125 miles of bike lanes in three years
- flipped the City’s user-prioritization from drivers to pedestrians and bicyclists in the Blueprint Denver plan and much more.
Today, we’re announcing the next evolution of the Denver Streets Partnership: while the coalition guiding its work will remain in place and is essential to our success, the Denver Streets Partnership is now a fully-staffed multimodal advocacy organization operating under the Bicycle Colorado umbrella.
This restructuring means the Denver Streets Partnership has the support necessary to advance their work confidently into the future for years to come. It also means that more resources can be dedicated to Bicycle Colorado’s statewide initiatives to make biking safe and accessible for all people in our state.
To make this transition possible, Bicycle Colorado and WalkDenver—the two founding members of the Denver Streets Partnership—have merged. The Denver Streets Partnership’s work will incorporate all of WalkDenver’s programming and serve as Bicycle Colorado’s Denver advocacy arm, replacing our Bike Denver Initiative.
Jill Locantore, who served as Executive Director of WalkDenver, is now the Executive Director of the Denver Streets Partnership. With Jill’s expertise leading grassroots advocacy work in Denver, our efforts will include coalition-building, research and analysis, campaign development, public outreach and engagement and, most importantly, advocating for safer streets and multi-modal networks that serve all Denverites. And with our 28 years of advocacy, community-building and education experience at Bicycle Colorado, we’re excited to expand our reach and enhance our efforts in Denver, starting today.
We’re thrilled to launch this next phase of the Denver Streets Partnership and are confident that we’ll accelerate the pace of change in Denver. We are equally excited that the Denver Streets Partnership will enable us to expand our statewide bicycle advocacy work. That work includes:
- championing the rights of bicyclists at the state legislature and with state agencies such as the Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado Tourism Office
- supporting grassroots advocates across Colorado to lead change in their communities;
- providing education services such as Learn to Ride, Confident Commuting and Bicycle-Friendly Driver
- and, of course, ensuring access to fun, safe and enjoyable riding experiences for Coloradans and visitors to our state.
Thank you so much for being a Bicycle Colorado supporter. Our vision is a Colorado where riding a bicycle is always safe and convenient for everyone. As we strive to make Denver the best city in America to bike, walk and take public transit, we’ll need the support of advocates like you. Here’s what you can do to help:
- Head to the Denver Streets Partnership’s website to learn more about the organization and sign up for weekly newsletters.
- Engage with the Denver Streets Partnership by sending Jill an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and letting her know your thoughts!
- Follow the Denver Streets Partnership on Facebook and Twitter.
- Advocate for safe, people-friendly streets.
You can also learn more about this transition and get to know the Denver Streets Partnership’s staff and coalition by clicking here.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any thoughts or questions about today’s announcement, or what Bicycle Colorado’s Denver and statewide work will look like going forward, by sending me an email at email@example.com.
I’m excited for what’s to come for Colorado bicyclists. I hope you are, too.
Executive Director, Bicycle Colorado