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Denver Marks a “First” with Vision Zero Speed Reduction Initiative

Denver Public Works is identifying stretches of roadway in the city where it can reduce speed limits to create safer travelling conditions. Speed influences both the risk of being involved in a crash as well as the severity of injuries that result from a crash. Denver’s Vision Zero Action Plan cited speeding as a factor in 53% of fatalities in Denver in 2015.

“The likelihood of someone dying or being seriously injured in a crash increases with speed and all people are vulnerable, particularly those on foot,” said Eulois Cleckley, Executive Director of Denver Public Works. “We’re asking people to slow down on our roadways and recognize that speeding is one of the top behavioral causes of serious crashes in our city.”

Evans Avenue, from Federal to approximately Huron, was the first stretch to have its speed limit reduced from 35 mph to 30 mph. This stretch of Evans Avenue is on the city’s high injury network – a term that refers to corridors in Denver with the highest number of fatal and serious injury crashes. Other stretches that will have their speed limits reduced include:

  • Cherry Creek Drive South from University to Colorado Boulevards (35 mph to 30 mph)
  • 1st Ave/Steele St/Cherry Creek Dr. North/Alameda Ave from University to Colorado (35 mph to 30 mph)
  • Peoria Street from 47th to 39th Avenues (40 mph to 35 mph)
  • 56th Avenue from Quebec Street to Tower Road (45 mph to 40 mph)

Denver Public Works crews installing reduced speed limit signs along Evans Avenue