Road safety

ROAD SAFETY IN DENVER: What will Denver do to reduce road deaths by 2030?

DENVER (KDVR) — This year, Denver will conclude implementation of its Vision Zero action plan, to set the framework for achieving zero road deaths by 2030.

But with the number of road fatalities rising since the initiative was launched in 2016, the Department of Transport and Infrastructure acknowledged there was still work to be done over the next seven years to get closer to that goal, not further.

“We will continue our work, in every way possible, as quickly as possible, to alleviate the conflict between people walking and cycling and try to reduce and eliminate the potential for accidents,” the ministry said. of Denver Transportation and Infrastructure. spokesperson Nancy Kuhn. “Denver residents are going to continue to see a lot of changes on our roads.”

Kuhn said the city has made hundreds of improvements to intersections and roadways, but with the implementation of the action plan ending in 2022, it gives DOTI a chance to reset and reassess the various strategies. to make the streets safer.

“I think it gives us time to regroup, to figure out what works. Do we need to change direction or do we just keep moving forward? Kuhn said.

Kuhn said the next steps could be the next level of protective infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists, or more in places where it doesn’t exist.

Kuhn mentioned in an interview with FOX31 NOW that there may be a need to implement a “Vision Zero 2.0” once the action plan phase is complete.

While it remains to be seen what that will look like, DOTI has a long list of transportation improvements on the books beyond 2022. Kuhn said the department is on track to install 125 miles of new tracks cycle paths by the end of 2023.

Specific projects beyond this year also include a pedestrian and transit improvement project for West Colfax, a Morrison Road improvement project and a project for Quebec Street to improve pedestrian safety. .