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Closing the curtain on 2015 means yielding the stage to the first Denver installation of the Streetsies, our annual readers’ choice awards of distinction and notoriety.
What has defined Denver’s streets in 2015? What are the most considerable steps toward the transportation transformation necessary in the Mile High City, and who is standing in the way?
It’s been a year change for Denver’s transportation landscape. As Denver grows, so do the number of people who want to walk and bike safely instead of dodging traffic on car-dominated streets. Some decision makers are beginning to view the city’s streets as places for people rather than one-dimensional speedways for cars.
There’s a long way to go before Denver’s streets catch up to the need for safe walking and biking and effective transit. That’s why Streetsblog Denver exists — to hold decision makers accountable so that safe, complete streets are the prevailing approach to transportation rather than a soundbite for the nightly news.
Streetsblog Denver relies on financial support from readers who value our independent reporting. Consider making a year-end, tax-deductible donation and you could win this awesome Tern folding bike.
Have fun casting your votes below. Polls will remain open through the night of December 29 and we’ll report the results the next day. Happy New Year from Streetsblog Denver.
Best Livable Streets Victory
- Governor Hickenlooper and CDOT Director Bhatt commit $100 million to bike, pedestrian infrastructure (40%, 35 Votes)
- City begins work (in earnest) on Denver-specific transit plan (24%, 21 Votes)
- Hancock, City Council increase funding for Denver Moves bike plan in 2016 budget after scolding (16%, 14 Votes)
- Mayor Hancock all but officially adopts Vision Zero (11%, 10 Votes)
- Hancock, City Council fund a full-time pedestrian planner in 2016 budget (9%, 8 Votes)
Total Voters: 88
Best Complete Streets Project
- Denver's first parking-protected bike lanes open on Arapahoe and Lawrence streets (58%, 51 Votes)
- Pedestrian and bicycle bridge across I-25 opens at Colorado Station (20%, 18 Votes)
- 11th Avenue gets a bike lane in each direction, plus a road diet (15%, 13 Votes)
- Buffered bike lane on MLK Blvd. from Quebec St. to Central Park Blvd. (7%, 6 Votes)
Total Voters: 88
Most Egregious Affront to Denver streets
- Public Works commits to widening streets at "transit-oriented" Broadway and I-25 (31%, 27 Votes)
- CDOT, city ram expensive I-70 widening plan through Denver with questionable data (30%, 26 Votes)
- Public Works, CDOT plan to widen Federal Boulevard, one of Denver's deadliest streets (19%, 17 Votes)
- CDOT closes sidewalks instead of shoveling them (16%, 14 Votes)
- Public Works waters down the beautiful bike lane it built (5%, 4 Votes)
Total Voters: 88
Most Absurd Take on Urban Streets
- Bikes are hostile to cars and bike lanes are a conspiracy against drivers (31%, 26 Votes)
- Bus stops are bad because of crime or something (22%, 18 Votes)
- Hank (19%, 16 Votes)
- Charging for parking is bad for RTD ridership (13%, 11 Votes)
- Having options doesn't constitute freedom (8%, 7 Votes)
- Nightmare on Downing and Mexico streets (6%, 5 Votes)
Total Voters: 83
Project With the Brightest Future
- 303 ArtWay (47%, 67 Votes)
- Brighton Boulevard (13%, 19 Votes)
- RTD's buildout of FasTracks rail and bus rapid transit (12%, 17 Votes)
- Broadway bike lane (11%, 15 Votes)
- Bus rapid transit on East Colfax (10%, 14 Votes)
- 21st and Wynkoop redesign and urban trail (7%, 10 Votes)
Total Voters: 142
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