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 will enhance 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 of 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. In Phase 2, beginning in April 2019, crews will install concrete curb extensions, curb ramps and enhanced crosswalks on the south side of the intersection.
Construction is scheduled to begin in April 2019 and is expected to take approximately four months. Work hours are from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Some night and weekend work is possible. The schedule is weather dependent and subject to change.
Lipan Street will temporarily close near W. Colfax Avenue for portions of the work. Pedestrian access will be maintained through the work zone. Sidewalk closures are anticipated and signed pedestrian detours will be provided. At least one crosswalk across West Colfax Avenue will be open at all times.
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: