Creating 20-minute neighborhoods

Chris Hinds
Posted 8/3/22

We all deserve the freedom to get from A to B safely, no matter how we choose to get there. To realize that vision, we should implement 20-minute neighborhoods across our city. Creating a 20-minute …

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Creating 20-minute neighborhoods

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We all deserve the freedom to get from A to B safely, no matter how we choose to get there.

To realize that vision, we should implement 20-minute neighborhoods across our city. Creating a 20-minute neighborhood is one of my priorities as the city councilperson for District 10, and Capitol Hill epitomizes this vision.

The idea of the 20-minute neighborhood is that residents should have access to everything they need to survive and thrive within a 20-minute walk, bike or roll. To achieve that vision, we must have places where people want to live, and we must also have businesses and destinations that people want to visit that are near those homes. Considering more than one-third of the households in Capitol Hill don’t own cars at all, ensuring viable car alternatives is even more crucial. The 20-minute neighborhood is good for our city, our environment, physical health and community. Our environment benefits when we reduce car trips. People get more exercise if they use car alternatives to get around. And we can say hello to our neighbors better when we walk, bike or roll around and aren’t encased in the metal and glass of a car.

Here are some updates on what Denver is working on:

Bike lanes

We hear from constituents every week about the importance of building safe bike lanes — and we recognize the particular importance of north-south bike routes through Capitol Hill. Recently, multiple Capitol Hill bike lane projects ended their design phases and will begin installation in 2023. These include protected bike lanes on North Emerson Street between Third and 11th avenues, North Pearl Street between 11th and 20th avenues, and North Sherman Street between Colfax Avenue and 19th Avenue. You can find more about the Denver Moves: Bicycles Program online by visiting Denvergov.org or by emailing our office.

Colfax Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

As an important transportation route, the city is working on implementing a bus rapid transit system to replace the 15 and the 15L RTD routes. With the implementation of the bus, Colfax will have two center lanes dedicated to each direction that the bus runs. The bus will have faster, safer and more reliable service. A more detailed schedule for construction and implementation of the BRT is coming this year. You can visit colfaxbrt.org to learn more about the project and how to get involved.

Construction map

With so many projects happening around District 10, our office created a map to make it easier to see where things are being built. Please visit our newly completed map at denverperfect10.com/map. Our goal is to update it as we receive updates. This will help everyone with a high-level view of where our city is growing, and having that transparency will help me and my office advocate for better pedestrian and cyclist access around construction sites as we prepare for Denver’s future.

Reach out to our office with other projects that are important to you, to learn more about these projects, the 20-minute vision in District 10 or any other suggestion regarding how we can better serve you.

Chris Hinds represents District 10 on Denver City Council. He can be reached at district10@denvergov.org or 720-337-7710.

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