Jan 18, 2019
DENVER – In 2018, Denver’s Vision Zero program accomplished much — from the installation of more than 19 miles of bike lanes, four new pedestrian signal crossings and the hiring of four dedicated Vision Zero staff members, to the number of outreach events that began to educate the community and institutionalize a culture of safety. However, with 59 traffic deaths in 2018, it shows there’s more work to be done.
“One traffic death is too many and safety for all people is our priority,” Denver Public Works Executive Director Eulois Cleckley said. “This year, Denver will continue working with its local, state, and advocacy partners to educate and engage the public about creating safer streets. We’ll also look at opportunities to help reduce speeds, implement enhancements to keep our most vulnerable users safe, and put our money where it matters most – into High Injury Network corridors. Through Denver’s Vision Zero Action Plan, we will continue to be committed to making our streets safer for everyone.”
Enforcement also plays a big role in achieving zero traffic deaths, as officers ensure traffic laws are enforced equitably across modes and communities in Denver, emphasizing education and engagement.
“Traffic deaths and injuries are profoundly harmful to our community, and are preventable,” Denver Chief of Police Paul Pazen said. “In alignment with Vision Zero, eliminating these social harms occurring within our multimodal transportation system is one of the core values of the Denver Police Department’s strategic plan.”
Speeding, driving under the influence, and distracted driving are the top contributors of fatal crashes in Denver. According to Denver’s Vision Zero Action Plan, in 2015, speeding contributed to 53% of fatalities, driving under the influence caused 29% of fatal and injury crashes, and distracted driving contributed to 14% of fatal and injury crashes. We’re all in this together and looking out for each other is an important aspect to achieving zero traffic deaths.
Here’s how the public can help create safer streets:
With a full staff now dedicated to Denver Vision Zero, below is what the City will focus on in 2019:
More About Denver Vision Zero
Denver began laying the groundwork for its Vision Zero program in 2015, and during his 2017 State of the City address, Mayor Michael B. Hancock announced Denver’s commitment to eliminate all traffic-related deaths and serious injuries on the city’s roadways by 2030. Denver’s Vision Zero Action Plan aims to achieve that goal, laying out nearly 70 specific actions to save lives and create safer streets through engineering, enforcement, education, and engagement. For more information, please visit denvergov.org/visionzero