“We’ve seen a lot of things we haven’t seen before since COVID-19 hit, including people chilling in camping chairs in the middle of 16th Avenue during what used to be rush-hour.
More commonly, though, people are simply walking and rolling down the city’s “shared” streets with fewer threats from drivers of cars and trucks, who are supposed to steer clear of the corridors unless those streets are their final destination. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure opened select streets to people and (mostly) closed them to cars this spring so Denverites could spread out at a time when close quarters might mean catching the bug. DOTI closed city parks to vehicles as well.
Advocates for sustainable transportation have been counting the number of people frequenting the streets in hopes of making the case for permanent changes. Now, a group of residents known as the Denver Bicycle Lobby is pushing DOTI to make permanent changes — and its ask is backed up by over 1,100 local petitioners, according to a PDF provided by Denverite.”
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Sachs, David. Denverite 26 August 2020.