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.


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 […]

Monday’s Headlines

Friday Night, A Driver Struck and Killed a Woman Crossing Colfax in Lakewood, Fled (Denver7) Early This Morning, a Driver in a Box Truck Struck and Killed a Man Who Ran Onto I-25 in Larkspur (DenPo) WalkDenver, an Advocacy Group, is Asking City to Redesign High Speed Thoroughfares, Like 13th, to Increase the Safety for […]