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Vision Zero Projects

To improve traffic safety, we must build safe streets for everyone, including safe pedestrian crossings, bicycle facilities and roadways. Pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists are especially vulnerable when involved in crashes. These three modes account for only six percent of crashes, but over half of all traffic deaths in Denver.

The projects in the Vision Zero Action Plan focus on the following:

  • Safe speeds
  • Ample crossing times
  • Improved sidewalks

E 13th Avenue Improvements

This project is addressing safety concerns that were identified by the community and confirmed by reviewing vehicle crash data along E 13th Avenue at N Xenia Street in East Denver.

Phase 1:

  • Crosswalks on N Xenia St & E 13th Ave
  • Painted bulb outs at N Xenia St & Alleys
  • New parking configuration on E 13th Ave
  • “No Parking” signs adjacent to the park on the south side of E 13th Avenue
  • New signs to increase vehicle compliance for one-way travel direction on E 13th Avenue

Phase 2: Selected painted bulbouts will be upgraded to permanent concrete infrastructure.

Park Avenue Improvements

In 2019, Denver Public Works is making safety improvements to reduce pedestrian and vehicle conflicts along the Park Avenue corridor from 20th Avenue to Lawrence Street.

Phase 1: In Summer 2019, one southbound travel lane on Park Ave was converted to left-turn only movement at Curtis, Champa and Stout Street intersections following repaving of the roadway. The far-left lane on Lawrence Street was also restriped to create a left-turn only lane at Park.

Phase 2: By the end of 2019, crews will install two pedestrian refuge islands on Park Avenue at Court Place and Cleveland Place to provide a refuge for people crossing Park Avenue, allowing them to cross the roadway in two phases, if needed.

W. Colfax Avenue at Lipan Street Improvements

This project enhances pedestrian safety and connectivity at the Colfax/Lipan intersection, which is heavily used by pedestrians traveling between the neighborhood, bus stops, and businesses on the south and the Auraria Campus and RTD light rail station on the north.

Phase 1 improvements converted the intersection to a right-turn only configuration, constructed a median island, made traffic signal improvements and added enhanced crosswalks on westbound W. Colfax Avenue.

During Phase 2, completed in the summer of 2019, crews installed concrete curb extensions, curb ramps and enhanced crosswalks on the south side of the intersection.

 
 

Albrook Drive Lane Conversion and Pedestrian Crossing

This project was identified from a Denver Vision Zero Rapid Response meeting following a fatal pedestrian crash on this section of Albrook Dr in 2017. The proposed reconfiguration of the roadway can improve safety for pedestrians and motorists. Fewer travel lanes encourage motorists to obey the speed limit while the flashing beacons and pedestrian refuge island improve pedestrian visibility, comfort, and safety.

 
 

Map highlighting pedestrian improvements on Albrook Drive

Buchtel Boulevard

In June 2018, Denver Public Works added new treatments to Buchtel Boulevard to reduce speeding, improve sight distances for merging traffic, and shorten pedestrian crossing distance. The improvements included

  • Removing one lane on Buchtel (A) between the I-25 off-ramp and on-ramp
  • Adding a stop sign (B) for traffic on Buchtel before the I-25 off-ramp
  • Painted pedestrian bulb-outs (C) at intersections at Washington, Louisiana, and Emerson

Map highlighting traffic improvements on Buchtel Boulevard at Interstate 25

Colfax, Park Avenue & Franklin St

In coordination with the CDOT’s repaving of Colfax, Denver Public Works has restricted vehicles turning from Colfax to Franklin (both northbound and southbound), and installed temporary crossing medians and curb extensions. The project was constructed using paint, plastic flexible posts, and signage. These inexpensive materials – along with the coordinated timing with CDOT – ensure improved safety, swift and efficient implementation, and minimum costs.

 

Map highlighting Colfax, Park and Franklin intersection highlighting new improvements

 

Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons

Rapid Flashing Beacons are a lower cost alternative to traffic signals, shown to increase the rate at which drivers yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Here’s how a Rapid Flashing Beacon works:

  • A pedestrian pushes the button to activate the beacon. 
  • Once activated, the beacon will begin flashing rapidly to let drivers know they need to yield to a person crossing the street. 
  • After the allocated time passes for a pedestrian to cross, the beacon turns off.

Locations

Installed

  • Downing Street & 30th Avenue (near the RTD station)
  • Central Park Boulevard & Xanthia Way
  • Holly Street & Cedar Avenue
  • Lowell Boulevard & 51st Avenue
  • Josephine Street at the Denver Botanic Gardens
  • 26th Avenue & Newton Street
  • Florida Avenue & Logan Street
 
 

Morrison Road — Perry to Stuart Streets

In May 2017, Denver Public Works installed concrete medians on Morrison Road from Perry to Stuart Streets, which will serve to calm traffic and provide an additional safety measure for pedestrians crossing Morrison Road at Raleigh Street.