DENVER, CO – A reduced speed limit was implemented on the first of five Denver streets on Friday. The order comes directly under Mayor Michael Hancock’s “Denver Vision Zero Action Plan.”
Moreover, the speed limit was decreased from 35 to 30 mph on Evans Avenue, between Huron Street and Federal Boulevard.
Furthermore, the change was announced on August 7 in response to what Mayor Hancock calls a, “public health crisis.” Additionally, this crisis is in reference to the many cyclists who have died around the city. Therefore, Vision Zero’s main objective is to drop the amount of traffic fatalities and injuries down to zero by 2030.
In a statement, Hancock reassured the community that he wasn’t going to stop until the results he wants are achieved. Furthermore adding, “We’re going to keep pushing for more steps to lessen speeds and reduce conflicts between modes, so fewer people, until we reach zero, are dying on our streets.”
There have been 51 reported traffic fatalities in Denver so far this year.
In addition to lowering the speed limits, Denver also plans to rid traffic deaths by:
- Positioning in-street pedestrian crossing signs at 10 different locations.
- Setting up on-street bike corrals at 12 locations.
- Improving the bike lanes on 15th Street all the way down to Larimer Street by fall.
- Inserting five driver-feedback signs warning drivers of their speeds.
- Searching for other economic friendly options, such as reducing crossing distances and parking delays.
- Fostering safe driving habits and promoting a safe driving culture.
- Improving safe routes to school.
- Hiring new officers, as well as enforcing traffic laws.
In brief, it’s important that Denver’s streets are made safe for everyone, “no matter where they live, no matter their resources and no matter their choice to walk, drive, bike or take public transportation,” said Hancock.