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What's your Vision for a Safer Denver?

Denver’s Vision Zero initiative is working to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries on city streets by creating a culture of safety – one that promotes, prioritizes, and values human life. Our team is partnering with students at CU Denver to create four videos that promote safe travel behavior and that reflect the voices and ideas of our community members. Do you have a personal experience or story to share that would inspire others to act in ways that promote safety on our streets? If so, we want to hear from you!

Get started by reviewing the timeline below for participation in this Community Voices project and complete the application by January 20, 2019. If your idea is chosen, you will be contacted by Denver’s Vision Zero team. Thank you in advance for participating!

Selected applicants will be notified on a rolling basis from January 2 to January 20, 2019. The project will run from mid-January to mid-May and community participants will be expected to attend four to six meetings/events with the project team and students during that time. Each community member will be provided with $300 at the end of the project in May 2019 as compensation for your time and costs of traveling to meetings.  

Through January 20, 2019

January 21-26
Kickoff event with CU Denver to background student teams on project and answer questions. Community Voices representatives will be paired with a student team. (Time commitment: 1 hour)

Story Telling Session I with writers from Lighthouse Writers Workshop will lead all the students and community voices through a 1.5 – 2-hour workshop about the components of a compelling story. (Time commitment: 2 hours)

Team Story Telling Workshop II, individual team meetings with Lighthouse Writers Workshop. The community members and their team will receive assistance and brainstorm to help bring the most compelling ideas and stories to the surface. One session is planned for approximately 2 hours. The intention is to help shape the community story and to provide the student teams with the information that they need to work independently on the creative production. Develop overall creative concepts and preliminary approaches to video projects. (Time commitment: 2 hours)

Review Student Ideas with community member and a team of city staff and Vision Zero partners, and provide feedback to student teams.  (Time commitment: 1 to 2 hours.)

Creative Production: Student teams will produce videos for final submissions

Video Review and Release: Vision Zero staff, advocacy leaders, marketing partners will review and discuss the PSAs with the community voices and students. This will be an opportunity to discuss the inspiration and results of the creative process. (Time commitment: 2 hours)

PSA/Messaging Recognition Event bringing together city leaders, staff, students, and community to recognize student teams and Community Voices for their work. (Time commitment: 2 hours.)

If you have any questions, please contact Michele Shimomura with Denver Public Health & Environment at or 720-865-5375.