Last Week: Motorists Seriously Hurt 18 People — Five Walking and Biking — and Killed One

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Stop me if you’ve heard this before: It was another week of carnage for people walking, biking, and driving around the city.

Between September 17 and September 23, motorists inflicted life-changing injuries on four people walking, one person biking, five people on motorcycles, and eight people in cars, according to the Denver Police Department.

One person, Juan Bustamante, was killed in a collision involving two automobiles near the intersection of I-70 and Holly Street.

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.

  • Dragon Lady

    Why do we keep posting this crap? Motorists kill. They kill pedestrians, bicyclists, other motorists, their children, their spouses, themselves. It’s what they do. We really need to get past this victim nonsense. Ride safely. Ride aware. Work for change, but for heaven’s sake, stop whining. It’s taking all the joy out of it.


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Former CDOT Building to Become Low Income Housing, Hopefully (Denverite) CDOT Rolls out Drugged Driving Campaign (Patch) How to Avoid Snowy Roadways This Winter (Hint: Just Don’t Drive) (Fox31) … and On the Topic of Snow and Traction Laws: E-Scooters (9News) Another E-Scooter Article on Accessibility (9News) Pikes Peak Railway Voting Underway for Proposed Amendments (Gazette) […]

Tuesday’s Headlines

DenPo Backs Prop 110 Polis vs. Stapleton on Transportation (and Other Things) (Denverite) … and More on their Transit Debates (DBJ) Here’s a Breakdown of Donors for Prop 110 (DBJ) Drivers Dominating Traffic Circles, and People Walking Aren’t Happy About it (Westword) Federal Blvd Gets More Cameras, but Not to Enforce Speeds (DenPo) Daily Dose […]

Monday’s Headlines

Private Contractors Are Pretty Much the Only Ones Making Bus Stops Decent (DenverUrbanism) Forest Service will Ban Cars at Hanging Lake (CPR) People Don’t Like Dirty Highway Interchanges (Denver7) Amtrak Won’t Suspend Rural Train Service, but Only For Another Year (Sun) National headlines at Streetsblog USA