When we talk about increasing access to sustainable transportation, many street safety advocates fail to talk about placing benches with anywhere near the fervor with which we talk laying train track or building bike lanes. That needs to change.
The main challenge facing the RTD Board is to increase ridership and revenue while providing transportation that is safe and equitable for everyone. Johnson is optimistic: "We just have to be willing to roll up our sleeves and look at what's before us.”
Denver may not become the internationally-recognized pinnacle of pedestrian access anytime soon, but Denver can pave its way to 21st-century mobility and transit options with the help of those who want to see it succeed the most—her very own residents.
“Transit justice does not rely on transit agencies alone. The injustices are symptoms of larger problems and the agencies have to work in tandem to create programmatic solutions that make our community safe and accessible for everyone,” Campbell stated.
How does a mobility problem faced by residents eventually become an element of a massive, municipal bond? Here’s a hint: it’s a long process filled with continuous effort, strategic planning and a little creativity.