Push for Progress on Sidewalks for All, Broadway Bike Lane

You can help advance two crucial walking and biking initiatives this week: sidewalks for all and the Broadway/Lincoln bike lanes.

Denver Public Works and City Council members are fond of telling the public that if you want streets that make room for people walking and biking, you have to show up and support these projects. This week you’ll have the chance to do exactly that. More on those critical projects and other events below.

Tuesday: As part of Denver’s first annual Winter Bike Week, reps from BikeDenver, Denver Public Works, and the Downtown Denver Partnership will host a “State of Biking in 2016” breakfast and presentation. The Commons on Champa, 1245 Champa St. Breakfast and networking from 7:30 – 8 a.m., presentation from 8 – 9 a.m. The event is free, but be sure to RSVP.

Wednesday: A lot of neighborhoods in Denver have either shoddy walking infrastructure or none at all, particularly in the city’s low-income neighborhoods. Pedestrian and transit advocates have lobbied the City Council to change that with polices that would treat sidewalks as basic infrastructure instead of frills. In that vein, Councilman Paul Kashmann will chair the city’s first Sidewalk Working Group. There won’t be a public comment period, but it’s a chance to show decision makers that the topic is important. The meeting will include a “state of our sidewalks” presentation, a discussion of the city’s sidewalk inventory, ordinances, and enforcement, as well as how Denver stacks up to other jurisdictions. Denver City and County Building, 1437 Bannock St., room 391. 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Wednesday: Winter doesn’t have to mean a hiatus in bike commuting, especially Wednesday, Denver’s Winter Bike to Work Day, when it’s supposed to reach a balmy 65 degrees. B-Cycle will be free, but still requires a credit card to check out a bike. All day long.

Thursday: The Broadway/Lincoln corridor needs bike infrastructure and traffic calming, plain and simple. The Department of Public Works and BikeDenver have been trying to make this happen for a while now, making a clear case in October during the first public workshop. Thursday is the second open house, which will include an update to the project based on feedback, and another chance for the public to weigh in. South Broadway Christian Church, 23 Lincoln St. 3 – 8 p.m. (presentation at 6). If you can’t make it, check out the project website to get more info and comment.

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