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:
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.
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
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.
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:
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.
Denver Public Works is making the city a more connected place for pedestrians with a new program to construct and improve sidewalks along City parks. The Department received $2.5 million in its budget this year for sidewalk construction and is coordinating with Denver Parks and Recreation on vetting locations, while some of the work got underway in May.
Areas being looked at for new and improved sidewalk connections: