To improve traffic safety, we must build safe streets for everyone, including safe pedestrian crossings, bicycle facilities and roadways. Pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists are especially vulnerable when involved in crashes. These three modes account for only six percent of crashes, but over half of all traffic deaths in Denver.
The projects in the Vision Zero Action Plan focus on the following:
In May 2017, Denver Public Works installed concrete medians on Morrison Road from Perry to Stuart Streets, which will serve to calm traffic and provide an additional safety measure for pedestrians crossing Morrison Road at Raleigh Street.
Rapid Flashing Beacons are a lower cost alternative to traffic signals, shown to increase the rate at which drivers yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Here’s how a Rapid Flashing Beacon works:
Denver Public Works is making the city a more connected place for pedestrians with a new program to construct and improve sidewalks along City parks. The Department received $2.5 million in its budget this year for sidewalk construction and is coordinating with Denver Parks and Recreation on vetting locations, while some of the work got underway in May.
Areas being looked at for new and improved sidewalk connections: