Jul 26, 2017
As a part of Denver Moves: Pedestrians and Trails, the City and County of Denver is hosting a second round of public meetings in August and September in five locations throughout Denver to discuss priority pedestrian and trail improvement projects that address the needs and community values identified during previous public outreach in October 2016. This second round of public meetings and outreach will also be an opportunity to examine costs, funding options and policies required to achieve the community’s vision for a walkable Denver and a world-class trail system.
Look for a public input opportunity near you, all meetings will be from 5:30-7pm and will present the same material and opportunities for input.
The Denver Moves: Pedestrians & Trails plan aims to improve walkability in Denver and to create a world-class trail system. This will be the first plan dedicated specifically to improving pedestrian and off-street trail experiences citywide. Ultimately, the plan will include a prioritized guide for improving Denver streets and crossings for people walking and providing trails that are appealing for both recreational and transportation purposes.
In the first phase of the project, online surveys were offered and five public meetings were held across the City in October 2016 to help identify citywide pedestrian and trails needs, capture resident values, and begin to define priorities for improving and connecting Denver’s pedestrian and off-street trail network. Hundreds of Denver residents, workers and visitors participated in the online surveys and public meetings.
Based on this first round of outreach, the goals identified for Denver’s pedestrian and trails networks are: accessibility for users of all ages and abilities, connectivity to other walkways and trails, direct destination access, equitable access to quality pedestrian amenities in low-income and health- compromised neighborhoods, and safety.
To assess the overall pedestrian environment, the plan team gathered current data about sidewalk completion and crossing spacing, as well as other measures related to the overall vision for walking in Denver. For trails, the plan team looked at connectivity, access points, and trail design elements related to the overall vision for trails. The results are captured in the Denver Moves: Pedestrians & Trails Existing Conditions Report which provides the most detailed inventory of Denver’s pedestrian and trail infrastructure to-date.