Denver's Shared Streets for COVID-19
In April 2020, after Denver announced stay at home orders to reduce to spread of COVID-19, the city’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) closed several stretches of roadway to thru-traffic to provide residents with places to walk and bike amid social distancing rules.
Denver will continue to operate its shared streets initiative through the 2020-2021 winter season, providing space for people to walk and bike amid COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, and introducing new configurations and materials along these stretches to withstand the elements and improve safety. Changes will occur first along four shared streets that are also primary plow routes, starting with East 11th Avenue:
Other streets currently closed to thru-traffic for social distancing, including those around Sloan’s Lake and on Marion Parkway from Virginia to Downing, will be also reinforced with new materials in another round of improvements scheduled in early 2021. DOTI will assess its shared street initiative as spring approaches and in coordination with the latest developments in Denver’s battle with COVID-19.
Current Listing of Denver’s Shared Streets
Areas prioritized for shared streets were those with greater population densities, where adjacent parks were seeing significant use and reaching capacity, and areas of the city without immediate access to a park or trail. While the roads are closed to thru-traffic, local access is allowed. People in cars are urged to go very slowly and use extreme caution on these streets:
Capitol Hill Neighborhood
- E. 11th Avenue from Logan to Humboldt Streets
Sloan Lake Neighborhood
- Bryon Place from Zenobia Street to Vrain Street
- Stuart Street from 24th Avenue to 21st Avenue
North Capitol Hill/City Park West Neighborhoods
- E. 16th Avenue from Pennsylvania Street to City Park Esplanade
- Marion Parkway from Virginia Avenue to Downing Street/Bayaud Avenue
- Bayaud Avenue from Sherman to Downing Streets
- 30th Street from Welton Street to Larimer Street
What are the benefits of shared streets?
Shared streets defer and slow vehicle traffic, improving safety and comfort for people to recreate and move in the street. They also create additional space to help communities maintain physical distancing recommendations while moving around their neighborhood.
If my residence is located on a shared street, can I still park on-street?
Yes. On-street parking is allowed on shared streets; however, Denver is still enforcing fire hydrant clearance zones, no stopping zones, loading zones, blocked driveways and alleys.
Will I still be able to access my residence or a business that’s located on a shared street?
Yes. Access to residences and businesses will still be maintained along shared street corridors.
Am I allowed to drive on a shared street?
Yes. While the roads are closed to thru-traffic, local access is still allowed for emergency vehicles, for people accessing homes and business along the stretch, and activities such as delivery and take out orders that start or end on the stretch. People in cars are urged to go very slowly and use extreme caution on shared streets.
Can people gather on shared streets?
No. People should not use the shared streets for group gatherings, picnicking, or the set up of tables, chairs, play equipment, etc. for the safety of all.
If you have questions about Shared Streets, please contact DOTI.email@example.com.