#StreetFail: When the Bus Stop Is a Curb-less Parking Lot Next to a Speedway

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Don’t feel like standing in traffic while waiting for the bus? Have a seat in traffic instead. Photo: JH Bridge

Here’s a bus stop with absolutely no protection from the zooming trucks and cars that frequent Brighton Boulevard. This RTD stop is smack in the middle of a sidewalk desert, next to the Denver Colosseum and ramps to I-70. There’s no difference between the street and the waiting area — a parking lot — so drivers feel comfortable speeding in the roomy lane.

Here’s more from the reader JH Bridge, who sent it in:

This was on the shoulder of Brighton Boulevard and 44th. The stock show was happening, the two young girls are sitting there, with no protection and large trucks and heavy traffic flying by. Oh, and it just so happens that it was afternoon with the sun at just the right angle to impair driving. They boarded okay, but their safety was definitely of concern.

Brighton is destined to become a much better place for people walking, biking, and using transit. But there are plenty of bus stops in Denver neighborhoods without such transformational plans where people risk their lives just to get where they need to go.

Thanks to JH for sending in this #StreetFail. Got a picture of something that’s making Denver’s streets better? Worse? Share it on Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #SweetStreet or #StreetFail, and we may share it on the blog. You can email me as well.

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