Mayor Michael Hancock and the Denver City Council will ask voters to finance a package of projects through a bond in 2017, but it’s unclear how much money will go toward safe, sustainable transportation.
The bond would cover “overdue and upcoming capital asset and infrastructure needs,” according to a statement from the mayor’s office. That could include money for protected bike lanes, filling gaps in the sidewalk network, and redesigning streets to boost transit. In all, the city’s high-priority transit, walking, and biking projects will cost upwards of $100 million, according to the capital improvement plan.
Improving parks, municipal buildings, and cultural facilities are also high priorities for the ballot measure, according to the mayor’s office.
While the capital improvement plan will prioritize where the money goes to some extent, residents will also have some say.
“Denver is faced with a great opportunity to make critical investments in our growing city with the upcoming 2017 [general obligation] bond,” Hancock said in a statement. “A key part of this process is to hear from you — our residents, businesses and neighborhoods — about your ideas and priorities.”