This project’s goals are directly tied to the five goals of Denver’s citywide strategic transportation plan Denver Moves: Everyone – Equity, Mobility, Safety, Sustainability, Community, and Quality. DOTI is dedicated to improving safety for people walking, rolling, and biking via all of its planning efforts. Denver Moves: Pedestrians & Trails details specific projects and programs to improve pedestrian facilities.
While this plan focuses on improving the citywide bike network, bikeway improvements offer safety benefits for people walking and rolling as well. Developing new trails and shared use paths and upgrading existing ones through widening or pavement maintenance is mutually beneficial for people walking, rolling, and biking. Moreover, creating new bikeways and installing traffic calming infrastructure has added benefits for people walking and rolling. They provide an additional horizontal and vertical buffer between sidewalks and vehicle traffic, which often enhances pedestrian comfort. Traffic calming treatments like mini roundabouts and curb extensions encourage safer speeds in neighborhoods – especially at intersections – and improve visibility of people walking and rolling while shortening crossing distances.