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Invest $40 million a year into building and maintaining our walking and biking networks. This will bring Denver on par with other major U.S. cities and create the options people want to get around safely.
It is critical that the Denver city council and mayor hear from their constituents on this issue. We will automatically connect residents to Mayor Hancock and their city council member, and provide sample messages. Our efforts to increase city funding for bicycling and walking infrastructure will not succeed without the voices of residents.
Mayor Michael Hancock announced Denver’s commitment to Vision Zero in February 2016 with the intent to eliminate transportation-related injuries and deaths. Bicycle Colorado is part of the Denver Vision Zero Coalition steering committee. We believe that updating and improving street design to safely accommodate active transportation is one of the most important ways Denver can reach its Vision Zero goal.
Now through the end of April 2017, use the Vision Zero map-based survey to show Denver the best and worse streets and intersections in your neighborhood. Your inputs will help focus efforts in problem areas.
The first protected bike lane that Denver Public Works will roll out in 2017 is a half-mile stretch that connects the Cherry Creek Trail to Bannock Street–Civic Center Park, the Denver Art Museum and the Denver Central Library along 14th Avenue. Installation of the bike lane will begin in April.
“Denver Moves” defines the vision for non-motorized transportation and recreation in Denver, identifying the next phase of priorities for making multi-use connections in the city. Denver Moves focuses on integrating the existing off-street and on-street networks to create corridors that link neighborhoods, parks, employment centers, business districts, transit hubs and other destinations.
The plan was put together in 2011. Bicycle Colorado and the Denver Streets Partnership are advocating for $40 million of annual funding to complete the plan in 20 years. At current funding levels, it would take more than 50 years to build out.
Community bike shops are a little different than your average retail store. They are nonprofits accepting donations of bikes, gear and cash in support of the neighborhoods around them. At community bike shops, you can find very inexpensive bicycles, parts and accessories for sale. You can also find programs that teach basic bike mechanic skills; opportunities for volunteers to earn a free bicycle to help them get around; plus community events and camps that teach kids how to ride.