Denver Launches Vision Zero Community Program to Promote Safer City Streets

DENVER – The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) and Denver Public Works today announced the launch of the Vision Zero Community Program, the next step in the five-year Denver Vision Zero Action Plan started in 2015 to set the City and County of Denver on a well-defined path toward achieving zero traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030.

With the support and assistance of the advocacy organization WalkDenver, whose stated mission is to make Denver “the most walkable city in the United States” by 2040, the City will evaluate applications from the public for community-oriented projects that spotlight safe routes, educate residents and encourage active participation in reducing deaths from traffic crashes. Project proposals could focus on topics that include reducing speeding, aggressive driving, driving under the influence, distracted driving and the failure to use seatbelts and motorcycle helmets. The effort supports Denver’s Vision Zero goal of engaging the community.

“We’re excited to offer this opportunity for our community members to get involved in this effort, as well as to identify and promote safety improvements like safe pedestrian crossings, bicycle facilities, hazard-free sidewalks and well-signed roadways,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “Creating and promoting a culture of safety for every mobility choice takes all of us, but together, we can achieve our Vision Zero goal and make our streets safer for everyone who uses them.”

The Vision Zero Community Program application process involves the following:

  • Community members interested in designing a project that increases awareness of Vision Zero and promotes safer streets are asked to fill out an application form; each project requires a minimum of three applicants who will serve as team members (at least one must be a resident of the community).
  • The boundaries of what constitutes the “community” served by a Vision Zero project can be determined by a variety of factors, including City designations, official Neighborhoods, travel routes or intersections, parks and recreation centers, schools or public transit stops.
  • Potential project types can be large or small and can include such elements as temporary or demonstrative displays, the identification of safe routes, community meetings, public art, photography-based storytelling, data collection, surveys and educational materials. Ideas for projects can be found at denvergov.org/VisionZero.  Applicants should strive to convey the potential impact of their proposed project, as well as how community support will be attained and fostered.
  • A total of $50,000 is available for the projects. Project costs may vary from $2,000 to a maximum $20,000 and funds will be awarded at the discretion of DDPHE and DPW. Submissions should include an estimated cost, but final costs will be determined during the technical assistance phase with WalkDenver.

Throughout the fall, a series of community informational sessions and application workshops will be conducted (dates and locations to be determined). Applications are due December 1, 2018, and teams will be notified of acceptance by December 17, 2018. Projects are scheduled to begin January 2019, and all project implementation is to be completed by July 28, 2019. Neighborhoods interested in hosting an info session or workshop should contact Michele Shimomura atMichele.Shimomura@denvergov.org.

For more information or to apply, visit denvergov.org/VisionZero.


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