Shared Streets Denver

See What Others Are Saying

We've received hundreds of positive comments since we started collecting signatures for this petition. We asked people "How are you using these shared streets? Why would you like to see them expanded and made permanent?". Here are some of our favorites:

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I live on a shared street. I love the quiet. I love seeing friends and neighbors enjoying the street. I love watching wobbly kids practicing on their big boy bikes. I love that cars can get by as needed, but don't feel comfortable, so they're slower and more cautious. I love that SAFETY makes everyone much more relaxed!!
- City Park West
I run and bike in them. I use them to teach my kids biking rules of the road. I let them take turns being the leader when we bike together and test them in their street smarts on bike. I have also tossed the football with my oldest child on the shared streets.
- West Washington Park
Our family of five bicycles all over our neighborhood--to the the grocery store, to Cheeseman Park, to City Park, in addition to (when the coronavirus is not present) to the Nature & Science Museum and the Zoo. It often is not as safe as it should be for a city as people-centered as Denver. We would love to see more space devoted to safe biking. My kids will go to East High School, and I'd love for our city to have a safe biking infrastructure for them to complete this one-mile trip.
- congress park
using them for bike commuting to grocery stores, for lunch rides, for evening walks. Please make these permanent. They are wonderful more relaxed areas and I can only imagine that living on those streets has become more pleasant as well.
- Capitol Hill
Last year I was hit by a car on 16th street during my commute downtown to work. As an avid cyclist, this was a devastating event which resulted in 2 months off of work, countless hours of physical therapy, and has instated an immense fear of riding on the road. Since these streets have been closed, it is the first time I have felt safe enough to ride my bike again on city streets. I would love to see these made permanent so that me and others in the community are able to safely explore our beautiful city!
- City Park
I've been using them for exercise and fresh air and getting to/from the grocery store, but once stay-at-home is lifted, I'll be using these streets literally everyday for everyday activities. I will literally be safer everyday: even though my commute is a little over a mile (not that far), 16th Ave. and 11 Ave. rarely felt safe before the road closures.
- Capitol Hill
Being able to bike comfortably from our home off 11th & Inca to Cheesman Park has been incredible with the road closed to traffic passed Broadway. Having the extra space and not having to worry about cars whizzing by or people trying to parallel park and not seeing you has been a blessing and made it much more comfortable to ride
- Lincoln Park
Biking is my main form of transportation and running my main form of exercise. Having to worry less about cars driving too fast through neighborhoods allows me to do both with greater ease. Pedestrian streets also allows my family to go for walks with our dog and avoid contact with others on sidewalks that are barely big enough for two people to walk down as it is, let alone have multiple people passing in both directions.
- Hale
16th is a much safer way to get downtown by bike now, and it's clearly become a popular in-city running, skating and skateboarding route as well. It's a good branch route to some North-South options as well. Even before the temporary Shared Streets there was strong bike traffic with the bike lanes and Green Wave timed signals that kept traffic speeds slow. Please add diverters every other block and convert the street for local traffic only.
- Park Hill
I've been using them to walk and bicycle for fresh air and chores (shopping mostly). Although the the motor vehicles still exist on the shared roads, the cars behave themselves better and break less laws (less speeding, aggressive driving, and general endangerment) with the shared road signs up. Shared road policy should be expanded wherever possible where safe road design does not exist yet.
- Capitol Hill
I'm running, biking, and walking on these streets. I like the freedom and safety I feel when I'm on these streets. I'm not worried about getting run off the road by a car. I also feel like it gives me so many more options and so much more freedom when running in the parks.
- South City Park
I have incorporated several of the shared streets into my near-daily runs around town, and it is really nice to see people out and about on these streets, whether walking, running, baby-strolling, biking, or otherwise. I would like to see a shared streets program become permanent in some shape or form. So much of the City's public right-of-way is dedicated to vehicular travel, with many primary roadways not designed for safe bike-riding, many intersections lacking safe pedestrian crossing, among other concerns. It would be great if some sort of shared streets program remaining in place would be incredible, whether that is a temporary (i.e., on the weekends), permanent (i.e., similar locations but with some addition of street features to make it clear to drivers that these streets would only be accessible for local vehicle travel, and at reduced speeds), or if there is a rotating shared streets program where they would be temporary in nature. Thank you!
- River North
We are walking and running with our stroller daily on the closed street around Sloans Lake. We would LOVE to see these closures become permanent because they (1) enable strollers/wheelchairs to move easier (instead of uneven sidewalks), (2) give folks more physical distance (which is important in the next 1-2 years with COVID), (3) allow safer separation between rolled recreation (e.g., roller blading, biking, strollers) and pedestrian recreation (walkers/runners), and (4) give wheeled recreation a safe alternative to rolling/biking in open streets with cars. The City should permanently close a ring-loop around Sloans Lake, like the loop road in Wash Park. This would make Sloans Lake a better recreation destination, serve the rapidly growing Sloans Lake/Jefferson Park/West Colfax/ Highlands neighborhoods, give greater recreation opportunities for families and traditionally underserved communities (e.g., West Colfax and Sun Valley), and treat Sloans Lake in an equitable manner with Wash Park.Separately, please consider closing off 32nd street at Highlands Square and 25th street at Jefferson Park to allow great physical distancing and enhance the pedestrian character of these couple of blocks.
- Sloans Lake
I am currently nannying two boys who love being able to walk freely in the streets in city park without fear and constant attention to cars. If somehow we can't open all the current streets permanently, maybe just cheesman and city park could be car free zones (except for occasional load in/load out needs). Thank you!
- Congress Park
I am walking 11th and 16th and teaching my girlfriend to identify the trees as the leaves come in. YES please make it permanent!
- Cap Hill
Walking, Riding, Living! Please keep these roads safe and accessible for pedestrians and bikers. I currently commute as a cyclist to work every day, since these shared streets have been enacted I have used these spaces to get to work safely, stress free, and away from high speed vehicles that are in a different safety class. Its been a pleasure to have the space to ride safely, and say hello to others who are using the space as well. Please keep and expand these streets, and the changes in the parks!! Its nice to have streets be available and utilized by all forms of transportation.
- Cap Hill
Our family has been getting out on a walk or bike ride pretty much every day and would like to see this made permanent to have more safe and open options to get out and about with no or limited car traffic
- North Park Hill
I commute by bicycle and have felt much safer, happier & healthier with shared streets/fewer cars on the road. Denver has often felt like an extremely unsafe city for cyclists and pedestrians. The rate at which cyclists and pedestrians are injured and killed is staggering compared to other big cities I've lived in. Many of my friends here won't use bikes as transportation because they are too scared. I've had cars yell at me for biking or try to run me off the road. I've witnessed (and reported to the non-emergency line) instances of road rage towards other cyclists. Lately, thanks to the shared streets initiative, biking has felt safer, less stressful and more pleasant. Due to the safer, shared streets I'm much more likely to choose riding my bike over driving my car, and therefore I'm less likely to contribute to emissions/air pollution. In other cities around the world I've experienced Ciclovia, a weekly event where cities close main thoroughfares to cars for a morning or afternoon and allow cyclists and pedestrians to take over the streets for several hours. I'd love to see Denver continue to invest in shared streets and multi-modal transportation, and hopefully become a leader. Seattle (which also closed 20 or so streets to cars and dedicated them to cyclists and pedestrians only) has announced that the city will be making these changes permanent. I'm hoping Denver will be a leader in making streets safer and more accessible to cyclists. Thank you!
- Skyland
I love being able to walk, run, and bike through the city without worrying about cars. Too many car-related deaths could have been prevented if there were better cycling networks throughout Denver. Let's keep the closures permanent and enjoy the sense of community that's arisen from shared streets!
- Highlands
Having shared streets has made a huge impact on my life. I love running and walking through my neighborhood, but with social distancing, it's been tough to have to dodge neighbors when you see them walking near you on the sidewalk. Having open streets where we don't have to worry about space or cars has made exercising and relaxing outside a much safer feeling. I feel more connected to my neighbors and I feel safer.
- West Washington Park
Smaller carbon footprint when streets are for foot traffic only and a better community feeling.
- NE Lakewood
I am using these streets for my new morning walks, training runs to and from Cheesman, and on bike connecting to wash park or cheesman. I feel so much safer and a sense of freedom moving through our streets when we can actually use the whole space for walking or biking. There are so many roads to get through cap hill, let’s keep these few as the safest place in the city to recreate, without having to build new parks.
- Capital hill
Walking, riding my bike. The use of the open streets right now makes it so much nicer to walk around the neighborhood. Denver, of course, is such an outdoor focused city/culture and having these streets open only positively contributes to it!
- Capitol Hill
I use the shared street to run, push our stroller, and bike with our four-year-old and family. It has allowed our family to visit City Park on bike; with the street closed to cars, we feel it's safe enough for our four-year-old to ride his own bike right alongside us.
- City Park West
For walking, exercising, riding bikes, and generally getting to stretch my legs. These regulations should be expanded and made permanent for the following reasons: Getting to walk in the street has fostered a new feeling of community in my neighborhood; that stretch of 16th street has long been used primarily by people driving too fast, or while intoxicated, or both; to the previous point - not much ‘regular’ traffic uses this stretch of road and can, as a result, easily be re-routed in order to allow more equitable access for Denver’s residents; closing some streets to vehicular traffic will prove that Denver is committed to reducing air pollution, traffic, and the effects of vehicles on climate, versus only paying lip service to these ideals.
- City Park West
With three dogs, having the extra room on the shared streets makes walking around the SE side of Sloan’s more enjoyable. With the insane number of new units in the area from a lot homes and high rises, the sidewalks and paths around the lake are getting extremely crowded. I think we could all benefit from the shared street even after COVID.
- Sloan’s Lake/West Colfax
I go for a walk everyday using these shared streets, I also have been using them to ride my bike to City Park quite regularly, I love how both the 11th and 16th street closures have helped create a very pleasant path to both Cheeseman and City Park. I would love to see this continue because it has created a stronger sense of community, it is great for children and families and could be a great opportunity to other projects if/when social distancing relaxes.
- Cap Hill
Running and walking! Sloan’s Lake Park is SO much more enjoyable when there are no cars... and especially when COVID-19 is still a threat it makes a ton of sense to keep the street in the park closed. I vote to keep it closed to cars permanently too!
- Sloan’s Lake
I’ve walked and bikes around the city for years. Now I enjoy the freedom of using the whole street. I’d like to see numerous permanent car free streets where food carts, kiosks, cafes and other businesses can operate while pedestrians and cyclists and runners have free safe lanes in which to move.
- Capitol Hill
These are amazing! I ride my bike down them and walk along them. The roads that have been selected are excellent choices which have very little impact on the traffic of the city! More people will continue to use them if available. Please keep these streets as shared streets going forward!
- Congress Park
I use them to walk and bike, for transportation as well as recreation. I walk to Cheesman, King Soopers, bike to City Park, Wash Park, etc. Keeping these streets closed to cars is incredibly important to me because I rarely feel safe as a pedestrian or cyclist in Denver. There are already so many streets completely devoted to cars and hostile to pedestrians and/or cyclists, and keeping these permanent will encourage more people to walk and bike to their destinations, or for recreation. Cars do not need to be EVERYWHERE in Denver. It's time to set aside some space for PEOPLE. Once the COVID crisis ends, we should keep these streets closed and repurpose the previously wasted space by expanding sidewalks and allowing for other uses within the right-of-way, such as art installations, benches, or patio spaces. We also need a few north-south routes in this network! It's 2020, not 1950. Stop allocating 99% of the right-of-way to cars!
- Capitol Hill
I've been walking and biking on the Bayud St, Marion Parkway, and 11th Ave. closures in order to help stay healthy, support local businesses by doing to-go pickups, and staying in touch with my neighbors & friends by going on socially distanced walks. I'm able to enjoy parts of my neighborhood in ways I never could before.
- Speer
Feel safer biking and walking. Too many cars just speed through neighborhoods thinking it’s their right but it’s not.
- West Wash Park
I use 16th Ave daily with my 5 year old daughter. We believe that cities are for people first, cars second. The 20th century saw the redesign of cities around automobiles, and I believe it is time to rethink that decision. Cars do not build community or neighborhoods; walking, biking, and talking do. I am not anti-car. I have one. But I think our city could be reimagined in a way that swings the balance back toward people.
- Uptown
To walk and get fresh air during the pandemic. These have been so nice since Denver sidewalks are much too narrow and a mess. A silver lining of the stay-at-home has been not fearing for my life crossing 13th, 14th, 8th or Colfax. Having some streets actually designated for people instead of cars has been lovely.
- Capitol Hill
I use the shared streets to walk my dog and when jogging in order to physically distance myself from others. I want to see them expanded to encourage people to interact outdoors in their neighborhood for exercise and community in a more freeform and safer way. 16th St east of Grant St is very lightly used by cars, even on normal weekdays, and thus the current car-centric design of this street is wasteful and doesn’t improve the neighborhood/city. Every time I use the new shared street I get excited imagining how enjoyable the street would be without the constant need to stay 6 feet away from others.
- North Capitol Hill
Biking and walking. Vehicles are so heavily prioritized on our streets today. It's important to give some of our streets back to cyclists and pedestrians. Shared streets ultimately result in a safer environment for all users of streets. Let's encourage our safest, healthiest and most sustainable forms of movement, particularly in our densest neighborhoods.
- Capitol Hill
I am a (relatively speaking) Denver native, living in or near Capitol Hill Neighborhood (CHN) since 1984. I love it so much, I consider CHN to be my cultural epicenter and 'Forever Home'. I walk 3 blocks to work, crossing 11th Ave along N Corona St. Prior to the C-19's SharedStreets implementation, drivers typically engage in very dangerous and low- to no- skill aptitude. I have been nearly run over at least a dozen times in just the past 8 months! For just a 6-block round trip to my workplace! Since the SharedStreets initiative, the area has returned to the actual 'neighborhood' feel that has been my love and admiration for decades. Please, please, PLEASE!!! Keep the barricades in place. Please make them permanent concrete structures. Please make them pretty and architecturally consistent with the 100+ year-old Victorian nature of my neighborhood. The SharedStreets program has brought feelings of a safe, happy neighborhood that I had all but written off.
- Capitol Hill
Biking, walking, running. We need more space for people not just cars. People out walking support local businesses. Less cars reduces air pollution and noise. I've also seen people with disabilities and handicaps using the closed streets, which is much easier to use than the uneven sidewalks.
- Congress Park
We love living in our urban neighborhood, but having 11th Ave closed has allowed my young children to practice riding their bikes safely, rather than worry about speeding cars or misusing the sidewalk as an alternative. It has also allowed us to keep a safe distance from our neighbors as we all make our way to/from the park during this crazy time. I’d also love to see the roads on the west, south and east sides of Cheesman Park remain closed! The north side/bus route is plenty of thoroughfare for this neighborhood. A few years ago my daughter was almost run over as she darted away from the playground into the street, where a speeding Porsche had to swerve to miss her. No one abides by the speed limit in the park!
- Cheesman Park
I've been walking or biking on them every day. It encourages me to get outside more knowing there's a vibrant pedestrian and bike-friendly street so close to home.
- Uptown
I use them for walking and jogging mostly, any chance to get outside and feel like I can take some space. I live in an apartment with a lot of people, and no balcony. Our rooftop amenity, which was one of the primary ways I would sit outside to relax and take in some sun, has been closed due to concerns of the number of people that could congregate and additional cleaning measures. I believe having more pedestrian streets within the many neighborhoods in Denver creates a more accessible, safe community. This is true not only during the immediate public health crisis, which may continue for quite some time. Long term, creating space for healthy, safe walking, biking, and wheelchair/ stroller mobility is essential to the vision of a healthy, diverse, and inclusive Denver.
- Capitol Hill/ Cheesman Park
I’ve been using 16th Ave daily for walking and jogging. I live adjacent to the new shared street and have really enjoyed it! It hasn’t had an adverse affect on parking or building access for me at all. I’d love to see our shared 16th Ave become a permanent feature in the neighborhood!
- City Park West
I've been cycling on them. Great to have a place where I can ride with my daughter without fear.
- Clayton
More frequent walks. The greater space also helps bicycles and pedestrians co-exist easier. Everyone has been very respectful with the stress of motor vehicles largely removed from the equation.
- Cheesman Park
I have been walking a wonderful loop from my house up to 16th over to York, down to 11th and through the park back to my house. Almost 10,000 steps! Such a beautiful way to experience the city. I LOVE the expansiveness of walking in the middle of the street. It makes me feel important as a pedestrian. I love looking down 11th. I am also a driver and it made me realize I don’t need to drive on every single street. It has not been an inconvenience to me.
- Capitol Hill
I live right off 16th Ave and have been using this shared street EVERY single day to get outside and safely get fresh air at a distance from others and from cars. I enjoy sitting along 16th and watching all the different people who walk, bike, run, scooter, skateboard, and more down this corridor. This is one of the most logical corridors in all of Denver to permanently shut down to car traffic because of the 16th street pedestrian mall. By shutting down 16th to thru traffic we could create a safe way for Denver residents and visitors to travel all the way from Union Station! Businesses along 16th would greatly benefit from this increased foot traffic and Colfax is only a street away for those that complain about where car traffic would go.
- Capitol Hill
I've been biking and walking on these streets multiple times every week. I feel so much safer knowing that drivers on these streets are aware that they are not vehicle only zones. This will make me feel safe to bike to work when my office reopens.
- Capitol Hill
I am a seventy-six year old Denver native. I cycle and walk throughout Central Denver almost daily. The most interesting thing I have found about our current situation are the multitudes of people who have been able to, once again, SAFELY experience the city by foot and by bicycle that I experienced as a child in the 1950’s. It is my desire that the wonderful Shared Streets initiative be continued, and expanded past this crisis and be considered to be incorporated, and protected, by the Denver City Council.
- Alamo Placita
To walk and bike. I love the exercise and to feel comfortable on the roads. I would love to see them expanded because they promote exercise and health while reducing the need for cars in the city, which in turn helps the environment. I hope that this would encourage more people to use bikes/longboards/walking to commute to and from work, restaurants and parks.
- Capitol Hill
I love walking and running down 11th Ave to Cheesman. I see lots of others enjoying the space to walk, run, and bike. Even shared with cars, it’s already much safer and more pleasant to be able to fully utilize the streets as pedestrians and residents. If we were not already used to how much space cars, traffic, parking lots, and parking garages take up, I don’t think most people would agree to let them take almost half of our public space!
- Capitol Hill
I use the shared streets multiple times every day to walk my dog, run, ride my bike, play catch with my live-in girlfriend, and enjoy strolls in the beautiful spring weather without worry of harassment or vehicular dangers. I very strongly want the pedestrian/recreation street network expanded and codified into permanence. We need public spaces like this to connect neighborhoods and people, and to provide the space necessary to recreate and remain healthy while also adhering to public safety requirements. Streets and cities belong to the people! Not cars.
- Speer/West Wash Park
Biking, roller skating, and walks with my husband. We have absolutely loved having a street that is primarily for pedestrians. We walk or bike it almost every night. It has made our neighborhood feel more like a neighborhood.
- 16th Street / City Park West
I run on these streets every day, and think that the shared aspects of the streets right now strongly lends itself to community building. I also think that elements of social distancing will not immediately disappear, and these shared streets have been powerful ways to allow Denverites to stay healthy and active while adhering to social distancing norms. Thank you!
- Capitol Hill
I live on 11th and walk up and down the street every day. I appreciate the return to a residential neighborhood climate by eliminating the standard traffic flow. I think it has made the neighborhood safer, more welcoming, and quieter. I have used both 11th and 16th streets to exercise while socially distancing. I believe that permanently eliminating fossil-fuel-burning traffic on residential streets is going to be an essential, necessary path forward to addressing the climate crisis and the presence of untenable pollution (the Brown Cloud) in the Denver metro area. This is a responsible, prudent, forward-thinking decision we can make now to lead the way and be an example for other cities and communities to tackle poisonous, public-health-endangering pollution.
- Cheesman
My family and I have been bicycling and walking on 16th Ave for both errands and recreation, as well as other traffic-controlled streets such as S. Marion Pkwy and the streets of City, Cheesman, and Washington Parks. We really appreciate the reduced motor traffic, especially when towing our two young kids in the bike trailer. Having even just a few streets around Denver that prioritize non-motorized traffic makes a huge quality-of-life difference for us. Denver is already more bike- and pedestrian-friendly than most American cities, which is one of the reasons we live here. We'd love to see it get even better.
- Park Hill
I use them to walk and cycle. There is too much space in this city dedicated to cars and not enough dedicated to pedestrians and bicycles. Continuous open streets on an east-west and a north-south axis to allow direct walking and cycling routes across town would be preferable. This would allow one to easily get from one end of the city to the other without a car.
- Speer
I live on 16th. It's great to see this road open and used by families, little kids learning to ride their bikes, retired neighbors out for an evening stroll, all without the fear of cars speeding down this two lane road. The homes near 16th are confined by the major transportation arteries of 13th, 14th, Colfax, 17th, and 18th - there is no reason for 16th to be used as a through street. Closing 16th has brought a renewed sense of community to our historic and diverse neighborhood. I've on 16th over 7 years and now know so many more of my neighbors because of this closure. Please make the 16th street closure permanent. I doubt my experience on 16th is much different than those near other street closures. Where it makes sense, making these street closures permanent will drastically increase the feeling of community in our neighborhoods. And frankly, that's something we could use more of these days.
- City Park West
I walk and bike on the 11th shared street at least twice a day. I would love to see these share street expanded and definitely become a permanent feature in my neighborhood! It only adds to the sense of community and gets more people outside - what's not to love!
- Cheeseman Park
Being able to use streets for walking and biking, especially where sidewalks are in poor condition or nonexistent, is crucial. Our city lacks critical pedestrian infrastructure because we have deemed the car to be the default. By giving space back to people, we allow people of all abilities, incomes, and demographics the opportunity to move comfortably around the city. It shouldn’t matter if you are able to afford a car or live in a wealthy neighborhood. All of our taxes pay for the streets and we should all be able to use them.
- Hale
I love safe and calm places to walk, run and ride my bike. I plan to have children, and I want my neighborhood to be a safe and nurturing place for them to explore and adventure in. Having more street space available for people on foot, and on bikes, has been a godsend during this pandemic. When it comes to our streets, please don't go back to business as usual. Keep streets for people. Thank you.
- Sloan's Lake