The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) and Denver Public Works recently announced the launch of the Vision Zero Community Program, the next step in the five-year Denver Vision Zero Action Plan. The City will evaluate applications from the public for community-oriented projects that spotlight safe routes, educate residents and encourage active participation in reducing deaths from traffic crashes. Project proposals could focus on topics that include reducing speeding, aggressive driving, driving under the influence, distracted driving and the failure to use seatbelts and motorcycle helmets. The effort supports Denver’s Vision Zero goal of engaging the community.
The Vision Zero Community Program application process involves the following:
- Community members interested in designing a project that increases awareness of Vision Zero and promotes safer streets are asked to fill out an application form; each project requires a minimum of three applicants who will serve as team members (at least one must be a resident of the community).
- The boundaries of what constitutes the “community” served by a Vision Zero project can be determined by a variety of factors, including City designations, official Neighborhoods, travel routes or intersections, parks and recreation centers, schools or public transit stops.
- Potential project types can be large or small and can include such elements as temporary or demonstrative displays, the identification of safe routes, community meetings, public art, photography-based storytelling, data collection, surveys and educational materials. Ideas for projects can be found at denvergov.org/VisionZero. Applicants should strive to convey the potential impact of their proposed project, as well as how community support will be attained and fostered.
- A total of $50,000 is available for the projects. Project costs may vary from $2,000 to a maximum $20,000 and funds will be awarded at the discretion of DDPHE and DPW. Submissions should include an estimated cost, but final costs will be determined during the technical assistance phase with WalkDenver.
Throughout the fall, a series of community informational sessions and application workshops will be conducted (dates and locations to be determined). Applications are due December 1, 2018, and teams will be notified of acceptance by December 17, 2018. Projects are scheduled to begin January 2019, and all project implementation is to be completed by July 28, 2019. Neighborhoods interested in hosting an info session or workshop should contact Michele Shimomura at Michele.Shimomura@denvergov.org.