Visitors to Cheesman park are doing it all wrong. A few weeks ago, at least a dozen signs popped up right in the middle of informal trails where people run and walk. They direct people to use official paths. But pedestrian advocates say that such paths show where people want to go and that officials should respond by building formal trails in those locations.
Drivers killed 35 percent more pedestrians in the U.S. than they did a decade ago — and in Colorado the number of fatalities grew by an astonishing 75 percent over a similar period. Population growth, people driving more miles per year, driving at night and the growing popularity of SUVs and smartphones are among the reasons why. To solve the problem, the design Denver's streets needs to change.