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Community Transportation Networks


The City and County of Denver is working with communities to create complete transportation networks, implementing a new strategy for planning multimodal networks and rapidly building out a low-stress bike projects through this program.

 

DOTI is committed to achieving a network of better bike facilities in Denver that make it more comfortable, safe, and accessible for people to ride bikes, and to creating a bike network that connects people to the places they want to go.

Through 2024, Denver will be concentrating in three areas to implement a system of bikeways:

  • Central
  • Northwest
  • South Central

Key aspects

  • Community Transportation Networks are multimodal plans. We want to hear all modal concerns and will work to prioritize and implement projects to address those concerns.
  • The first phase of implementation will include low stress bike projects that will increase safety while benefitting all roadway users.

Share Your Ideas

  • The City and County of Denver wants to hear your feedback on how to implement transportation improvements for the way people travel by bike, by bus, by car and on foot in and around the city. Click here today to use our online map tool to help us plan and design projects that best meet the community’s needs.

Area Updates

NORTHWEST DENVER

A virtual open house will be held in the coming weeks for you to share your experiences and hopes for getting around more safely and easily in your neighborhood.

Details about the meeting will be posted here, or email DenverMoves@denvergov.org to be sent meeting details. If sending an email, please include this text in the subject line of your email: "Northwest Denver Open House"

CENTRAL DENVER

Thank you for those who joined us at our first public meeting on Tuesday, March 10th at the Manual High School Cafeteria!  See below for materials from this meeting:

Introduction and Project Background

Community Vision For Transit, Walking, Biking and Safety

Community Input Exercise

Other Projects In The Study Area

SOUTH CENTRAL DENVER

A virtual open house will be held in the coming weeks for you to share your experiences and hopes for getting around more safely and easily in your neighborhood.

Details about the meeting will be posted here, or email DenverMoves@denvergov.org to be sent meeting details. If sending an email, please include this text in the subject line of your email: "South Central Denver Open House"

 

2020-2022 project timeline and planning process of Community Transportation Networks program 

Map of three network areas 

A virtual open house will be held in the coming weeks for you to share your experiences and hopes for getting around more safely and easily in your neighborhood.

Details about the meeting will be posted here, or email DenverMoves@denvergov.org to be sent meeting details. If sending an email, please include this text in the subject line of your email: "Northwest Denver Open House"

Northwest Denver Neighborhoods include:

  • Jefferson Park
  • Sloan Lake
  • Highland 
  • West Highland 
  • Berkeley
  • Sunnyside
  • Regis
  • Chaffee Park

Thank you for those who joined us at our first public meeting on Tuesday, March 10th at the Manual High School Cafeteria!  See below for materials from this meeting:

Introduction and Project Background

Community Vision For Transit, Walking, Biking and Safety

Community Input Exercise

Other Projects In The Study Area

attendees at central denver bike meeting

Central Denver neighborhoods include:

  • Auraria
  • Central Business District
  • City Park
  • City Park West
  • Clayton
  • Cole
  • Five Points
  • Skyland
  • Union Station
  • Whittier

A virtual open house will be held in the coming weeks for you to share your experiences and hopes for getting around more safely and easily in your neighborhood.

Details about the meeting will be posted here, or email DenverMoves@denvergov.org to be sent meeting details. If sending an email, please include this text in the subject line of your email: "South Central Denver Open House"

The South Central project area includes:

  • North Capitol Hill
  • Capitol Hill
  • Civic Center
  • Lincoln Park
  • Cheeseman Park
  • Baker
  • Speer
  • Washington Park West
  • Platt Park
  • Overland
  • Rosedale             

 

About Community Transportation Networks


This process aims to provide more transportation options for our residents and safer, more efficient ways to move around town. The process relies on public input and allows neighborhoods to share their desires for a complete network so people can walk, bike, drive or take transit to where they want to go.

Community Transportation Networks support sustainable transportation options that lessen congestion on roadways and provides safer alternatives to driving. By supporting the city’s Denver Moves: Bikes plan and the city’s  commitment to building 125 miles of bikeways by the end of 2023, Denver will increase the number of households within ¼ mile of a high comfort bikeway and provide more residents with an alternative transportation option.

Denver will prioritize significant buildout of the bike network at the city’s core, where population densities are higher. These areas are Northwest, Central and South Central Denver.

When determining which areas of the city to prioritize for the first Community Transportation Networks, ten small areas were developed and measured by factors like riding distance to high-comfort bikeways, jobs, and population. This data was used to rank each area. The highest-scoring areas were selected as the first three Community Transportation Network areas in the Northwest, Central and South Central Denver.       

Denver’s Vision Zero Action Plan acknowledges that everyone has the right to safely travel on Denver streets no matter what mode of transportation they use. It also recognizes that human error is inevitable and transportation systems should be forgiving. Therefore, the city has been ramping up efforts to make its streets safer for all users. You can learn more about these efforts at denvergov.org/visionzero.

Research from cities across the U.S. (including Denver) demonstrates that cities with more high-quality bike infrastructure have 44% fewer traffic deaths and injuries overall. In addition to enhanced bikeways, networks will include other types of transportation safety features, such as lower vehicle speeds through neighborhoods, improved intersections, and other ways to get us closer to zero traffic related fatalies and serious injuries. 

Community Transportation Networks will align with the community’s twenty-year vision by building on the work of Denveright, Blueprint Denver, Neighborhood Transportation Management Plans, Comprehensive Plan 2040 and other projects that value safety, connectivity and transportation choice.

As demonstrated in these other recent planning efforts, we will continue to work closely with the community to identify priorities and draft near and long-term project recommendations. 

The projects will use funding from the City’s annual capital improvements program budget, the voter-passed Elevate Denver general obligation bond, and funds that were already allocated for street resurfacing projects as part of a five-year program.

 

 

Increased safety for all users: The process will identify and implement safety features to benefit everyone using the roadway, not just bicycles. People walking, biking, driving and taking transit will benefit from calming vehicle speeds in neighborhoods, low-stress bike lanes, and better crossings.  

Addressing congestion: As more people move to Denver, we must plan now to improve how people to get around town without increasing congestion on our streets. DOTI wants to understand how people in our communities currently travel and how to effectively build healthier walking, biking, and transit connections in neighborhoods that get people to the places they want to go.

Strengthening neighborhoods: In several previous planning efforts, Denverites have communicated their desire to have complete neighborhoods, connected by complete networks for walking, biking, driving and taking transit, so that all Denverites can access their daily needs.

Supporting local business: Despite the concerns that may emerge around on-street parking, data shows that in cities across North America, redesigning streets for safer and more inclusive modes of transportation has proven to benefit businesses

Supporting equity in access: Better streets can help us address the safety and infrastructure gaps that disproportionately impact people of color, women, gender non-binary people, children, caregivers and others. 

With your input! We’ll be hosting a number of community events where the general public is invited to provide thoughts and feedback on the projects that are taking place throughout the city. Our aim is to prioritize projects that will bring about positive change in your neighborhood, and we need your help.  

Denver encourages its residents to participate in the Community Transportation Network planning process. As funding becomes available, City staff will use the ideas and input they receive from the community to prioritize and implement transportation improvements.

The community engagement process includes stakeholder meetings, public open houses, surveys and other interactive ways for people to provide the planning teams with insight into how people travel in their neighborhoods, what works well, and what could be improved. Residents will also learn about other transportation and infrastructure projects currently planned for their communities.

A high comfort bikeway provides greater separation between people in cars and on bikes and a more comfortable ride for people of all skill levels.  They also better organize the roadway so that people who ride bikes have dedicated space to travel safely. The dedicated space provides greater predictability for all users of the roadway.

Of the 125 miles of bike lanes to be installed by the end of 2023, the majority will be considered high comfort facilities.