#StreetFail: 1st Avenue Sidewalk Not Big Enough For the Both of Us

speer sidewalk

Here’s a particularly dangerous strip of sidewalk on 1st Avenue between Downing and Lafayette streets.

This sidewalk is busy. It’s part of a bike route that connects to the Cherry Creek Trail and Washington Park. As you can see, there’s also an RTD bus stop. People walking, biking, and waiting for the bus are forced to dance past one another — right next to three lanes of speeding cars and trucks. There’s just not enough room for people outside a car.

People behind the wheel have plenty of room, though, to build up a nice head of steam and reach dangerous speeds. There were 14 crashes here between 2012 and 2015, according to Denver’s Vision Zero database.

There’s a guard rail to stop drivers from flying onto the Denver Country Club golf course (and the Cherry Creek trail on another segment of the street). But if you’re walking or biking, you are the buffer between the cars and the guard rail.

There are easy solutions: Narrowing the vehicle lanes to get drivers to travel at safer speeds while claiming some street space for a wider sidewalk, for instance.

You can drop a pin on this map and let Denver Public Works know this intersection (or any other one) is a threat to people’s safety.

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  • Ben Schumacher

    Thanks for reminding me of yet another dangerous place to put on the Vision Zero map. I can’t remember all of the dangerous streets and intersections myself and this is definitely one I don’t want to forget.

  • ElyLake

    This is a part of the Cherry Creek trail where (traveling west-bound) I maintain a death-grip on my handlebars, praying I won’t hit a rock or other small obstacle which might send me straight into the oncoming traffic which is just inches away… I’ve often wondered why there is no barrier preventing cars & bicycles/pedestrians from meeting. Now I wonder harder! Why isn’t the fence between the drivers and riders instead of the riders and the golf course?

  • iBikeCommute

    Even more egregious, this bridge was replaced a couple of years ago and they didn’t bother to make the sidewalk wide enough for two people to pass each other.

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