Last Week: Drivers Killed One Person Walking and Injured One Bicyclist on Denver Streets

Between August 27 and September 3, motorists killed one person walking and seriously injured two others, according to the Denver Police Department. A driver seriously injured one person on a bike as well.

One motorcyclist was killed in a collision with an automobile over the eight-day span.

The pedestrian fatality occurred on Federal Boulevard, the city’s deadliest street, near 17th Avenue. That’s the second person killed while walking on Federal this year.

Police officers responded to about 450 crashes last week while the number of people charged with driving drunk and high surpassed 1,000 for the first time this year.

With this series, we aim to remind politicians, transportation officials, local media, and the public that the cost of inaction on traffic safety policies is extremely high. The longer it takes to redesign our car-centric streets, the more people will get hurt or killed.

The Hancock administration and Denver PD still lack a protocol for alerting the public to serious traffic collisions and tallying them accurately, despite the mayor’s ostensible commitment ending traffic deaths, announced more than two years ago. Hopefully documenting this information, gathered from Denver PD reports, will help drive change from decision-makers and elevate the profile of this public health crisis.