Street Talk from Denver Streets Partnership

March 16, 2021 / Comments (0)

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Sharing a few items of interest from the most recent E-Newsletter of the Denver Streets Partnership’s Executive Director, Jill Locantore:

NOTE FROM JILL

Hello Neighbors!

Where in Denver would you ride your bike if you felt safer? Grocery store? Work? School? Safety concerns – especially being hit by someone driving a vehicle – are a big reason more people don’t bike for transportation. But we can overcome that fear with better designed streets that are people-friendly (and not just car-friendly).

After the City of Paris installed pop-up bike lanes, the number of new bike riders more than doubled. Here at home, the City and County of Denver is building 125 miles of new bikeways with community networks that will link Denver’s central neighborhoods like never before. When bikeways are designed to work together as a network, enhancing the safety of people walking, rolling, biking, and driving alike, people will have more real choices for getting around.

Here are three ways you can support the new community bikeway networks for safer biking, whether you have three minutes or an hour:

1) Watch and share our videos about AJ Rodriguez, Maggierose Martinez, and City Councilman Chris Hinds

2) Walk, roll, or ride along the streets where new projects will go (Here are maps)

3) Take a survey about one of these south central bikway streets: S. Franklin, E. Florida, N. Pearl, N. Sherman, S. Sherman, and 2nd Ave.

  • How would you like to get around our region in 2050?

As our region continues to grow, the 10-county Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) is committed to improving the region’s transportation infrastructure. The Draft 2050 Metro Vision Regional Transportation Plan is ready for your feedback. Review the plan and participate anytime in an on-demand online open houseor testify at a public hearing on March 17. And here’s a short video.

  • Meet RTD Board Member Shontel Lewis (virtually) on March 25 at Get on the Bus: Transit Justice Forum 

On March 25, 5:30-7 p.m., we’re hosting a Zoom discussion about what we can imagine for the future of public transit in the Denver region. Speakers include: Paolo Solorzano, a Denver public transit user; Matt Frommer, Senior Transportation Associate for SWEEP; Jonathan Brooks, Director of Policy and Planning with LINK Houston, and Shontel Lewis, RTD Director, District B. More info about Director Lewis:

Shontel Lewis was elected to the RTD Board of Directors in November 2018 and took office in January 2019 representing the northeastern portion of the Regional Transportation District. This area comprises Aurora within Adams County, City & County of Denver, and unincorporated Adams County lying south of Denver.

Shontel is a Colorado native, transit rider and long-time community leader. She grew up in the Historic Five Points neighborhood and she is a proud graduate of Manual High School.

Register Here to Join Shontel and our other Get on the Bus: Transit Justice Forum speakers on March 25

Find even more public meetings, trainings, surveys, and events on the Denver Streets Partnership website.

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