These are the changes that Denver residents want to see most. Chart: City and County of Denver
Denver residents want to live in a city with less traffic congestion, lower housing costs, and better transit options, according to a recently released survey [PDF] that will inform Denveright, the city’s plan for transit, walking, land use, and parks.
As Denver grows, residents are concerned about affordability and “getting around,” according to the survey. The population is getting bigger, so we have to make more efficient use of our streets. And that means we need to prioritize transit by adding more frequent service, building dedicated bus lanes, and equipping street signals with technology to give buses the right of way at intersections.
“The streets that we have, particularly in the city proper, are the streets that we have,” said Transportation and Mobility Director Crissy Fanganello at a Denveright meeting today. “And they’re not growing. So how do we move more and more people in the existing street system is the big challenge for us.”
The city has a lot of work to do to make that happen. Travel behavior is actually moving in the wrong direction. More Denverites drive solo to work now — 73 percent — than they did in 2005, and that number is rising.
“A lot of people say, ‘Well, that’s because we’re growing so much. We’ll just blame it on growth,'” said Fanganello. She pointed to Seattle, a city with a similar population “that is growing pretty much at the same rate.”