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Vision Zero Efforts Prevail During COVID-19

In April, Denver’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure temporarily closed select streets to thru-traffic to create more space for Denver residents to walk, bike and run while complying with COVD-19 physical distancing requirements. By officially closing some areas to vehicle thru-traffic to allow people to enjoy the outdoors, the city hopes to provide a safer experience in alignment with its Vision Zero efforts to provide safer streets for all.   

Areas with streets being closed include neighborhoods with greater population densities where there’s a greater need for space and where adjacent parks are seeing significant use and reaching capacity. Areas of the city that don’t have immediate access to a park or trail are also being prioritized. 

While the roads are closed to thru-traffic, local access is still allowed, which means people who live on the street, or need to access a destination on the stretch of roadway that is closed, are allowed access. People in cars are urged to go very slowly and use extreme caution on these shared streets. 

Activities allowed on these stretches of roadway closed to thru-traffic include: 

  • Low speed activities including walking, biking and running. People should maintain physical distancing and be mindful of each other regardless of mode of travel. 
  • Emergency vehicles and people who live on the street are allowed access. 
  • People carrying out essential business activities such as deliveries or take-out orders that start or end on the stretch are also allowed access to the roadway. 
  • On-street parking is allowed. However, Denver is still enforcing fire hydrant clearance zones, no stopping zones, loading zones, blocked driveways and alleys.

Activities not allowed on these stretches closed to thru-traffic include, but are not limited to: 

  • Group gatherings 
  • Picnicking 
  • Set up of tables, chairs, play equipment, etc. 

The roads will stay closed until further notice, in alignment with the State of Colorado’s Stay at Home Order, and are listed in the COVID-19 area of the city’s website at www.denvergov.org