Always use crosswalks and obey pedestrian signals, and look both ways before crossing streets (even on one-way streets). If there is no marked crosswalk nearby, cross at intersections away from parked vehicles or other obstructions.
On trails, pedestrians have the right of way, but be aware of bicycle and other traffic and be courteous to other trail users. Where specific sections of trail exist, use the appropriate trail as posted (bikes and skaters on one trail, walkers and runners on the other).
Starting in 2015, Denver is greatly expanding construction of accessible pedestrian ramp construction. According to standards set by the ADA, newly constructed or altered streets must contain curb ramps. As a result, Denver’s Annual Concrete Program is prioritizing the installation of ADA pedestrian ramps in all locations where the Street Maintenance Division is planning to do street work and a ramp does not exist.
The Denver Office of Disability Rights (DODR) is charged with conducting curb ramp reviews of all City and County of Denver owned properties, as well as non-owned properties supported or funded by the City and County of Denver.
Within the City and County of Denver, abutting property owners are responsible for installing and maintaining sidewalks within the public right of way.
Citizens may contact Denver Public Works to request inspections or report damage, or contact their City Council representative to report an issue on their behalf. No anonymous complaints are accepted.
To make a report, contact 311.
Whether on foot or in a vehicle, use extra caution at intersections, particularly ones along busy roadways. Denver has implemented several designs and features to improve visibility and reduce hazards, but traffic flow in these areas can be unpredictable.
Guidelines for City-owned and maintained streets: The City and County of Denver has provided guidelines to aid engineers and planners in determining whether to mark an uncontrolled crosswalk, and then to determine which treatment is most appropriate to ensure efficient function for all users and maintain pedestrian safety.
As part of a pilot project beginning in 2015, Denver Public Works is installing enhanced crosswalks on Speer Blvd at the intersections of Wewatta, Lawrence, and Larimer streets. The distinct paving materials are more noticeable than painted lines, making crossing areas more visible to all road users.
Denver Public Works will be evaluating the durability of the crosswalk materials as well as their effectiveness at increasing the visibility of the intersection and improving the comfort level of people who walk and bike across Speer.
Artistic Crosswalks & Intersection Murals
Denver Public Works has developed guidelines and an application process that allows community organizations to install artistic crosswalks and intersection murals on Denver’s streets. This is permitted through the Community Streets Program.
The City and County of Denver works with partners to provide for pedestrian level lighting in business and residential areas to improve safety and visibility. To report an outage or request new lighting, contact the Business Improvement District, RNO, or agency for that area.
In Denver parks: Contact 311 to make a report.
Other street lighting: Depending on its location, a street light may be installed and maintained by a city agency, CDOT, RTD, Xcel Energy, or private property owners.
The Denver Moves: Pedestrians & Trails plan will help make walking a viable and primary way for people to get around town and access recreational resources — comfortably and safely. Read more and get involved!