This Week: Get Loud About the MLK Boulevard Widening Project

Denver Public Works has $15 million to redesign a section of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Stapleton, and it’s using some of that money to turn a two-lane street into a four-lane road. You would think, given Mayor Michael Hancock’s recent commitment to end traffic deaths, that his streets department would stop building projects that encourage deadly speeds. So far that’s not the case.

You can weigh in on the road widening project this week. All of the action on the calendar is Thursday.

  • Thursday: The Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee will host its monthly meeting. MBAC’s members advise Mayor Hancock on all things biking — infrastructure, policy, education. This is where people who ride get together and decide how to make the city more bikeable. No need to be a member — the meetings are open to everyone. 201 W. Colfax Ave., Room 4.F.6 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: The public can comment on the MLK Boulevard project, which would encourage speeding by making the section between Havana and Preoria streets four lanes wide instead of two. The project calls for extra-wide travel lanes ranging between 11 and 13 feet wide — 10-foot or 9-foot lanes are safer because they send cues to drive at slower speeds. The blueprint also calls for trails on both sides of the street for walking and biking. 6 – 7 p.m. at the Central Park Recreation Center, 9651 E. MLK Blvd.
  • Thursday: Curtis Park Neighbors will host a meeting with a rep from Public Works about plans for a protected bike lane on Stout Street from 19th to Downing. BikeDenver wants a crowd of supporters there, so make your mark by showing up at Mile High United Way, 711 Park Ave. West from 7 – 8:30 p.m.
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Thursday’s Headlines

Denver City Council Proposes New Plan to Create Safer Walkways for People Around Construction Sites (Fox31) RTD Will Still be Doubling the Number of Train Cars on the A-Line, Amid Looming Deadline and Ongoing Problems (Denver7) More on the Plans for CDOT’s Old Home Base (DBJ) An Art Installation is Coming to Federal Boulevard to […]

Wednesday’s Headlines

Another Driver, Another Structure Crashed Into- This Time it was an Apartment and a Resident Was Injured (9News) How Denver Streets and Sidewalks Aren’t Set-Up for People to Walk, Bike and Scoot Safely, and What Should be Done About it (Denverite) A Review of the South Monaco Bike Lane, Conclusion: Not Enough Riders (Denver Urbanism) […]

Tuesday’s Headlines

Motorist Hit and Killed a Person in a Wheelchair Crossing Colfax in Aurora on Sunday, Fled. And Yes, This Story Just Surfaced to Mainstream News (DenPo) Person Who Was Hit by Driver Yesterday, May Have Been Hit by a Second Driver that Fled (KKTV) “Denver’s Troubles with Commuter Rail a “Perfect Storm” that Threatens A-Line’s […]