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Denver Reports Out On 2019 Efforts To Improve Safety On City Streets

In 2019, Denver ramped up efforts to make city streets safer with upgrades to pedestrian crossings, new bike lanes and stretches of sidewalk, operational improvements at dozens of intersections, speed limit reductions, and the conversion of more than 30,000 LED street lights citywide that make travel safer and people easier to see.  Now we’re sharing a few of our recent safety success stories:

Case Study 1: Improvements at 20th Street and I-25

Over a five-year period between 2013 and 2018, 40 crashes occurred at the intersection of 20th Street and Interstate 25 where vehicle drivers collided with a barrier.  In 2018, the city’s Vision Zero safety team addressed the location with engineering and enforcement measures, improving signage and pavement markings to clarify travel for drivers in all directions and making navigation as intuitive as possible for all users. In 2019, this intersection saw:

  • Zero fatal crashes
  • Zero serious bodily injury crashes
  • Zero crashes with harmful events or vehicles into a barrier

Case Study 2: Pedestrian-focused enhancements on S. Federal Boulevard from Alameda to Evans

In 2017, the city upgraded 10 intersections along Federal between Alameda and Evans Avenues, adding pedestrian countdown signals, leading pedestrian intervals that provide pedestrians a head start crossing the street to make them more visible to turning vehicles, and modifying late-night signal timing to stop vehicles at more regular intervals and slow speeds.  Zero fatalities occurred on this stretch in 2018 and 2019, down from 8 in the 2016-2017 timeframe.

Case Study 3: Photo Enforcement

According to data gathered by DPD, severe crashes have decreased at these locations where photo enforcement occurs. For example, at the high-use intersection of 6th and Lincoln:

  • Total crashes have decreased 60%
  • Side impact crashes have decreased 70%
  • Injury crashes have decreased 80%

With 70 people killed in traffic crashes in Denver in 2019, the city recognizes there’s more work to be done and will be focusing on the city’s high injury network in 2020, where most fatal and serious injury crashes are occurring. The city’s full report-out on its annual safety program for 2019 can be found at this link.