Like most cities across America, streets in downtown Denver, Colorado are prioritized for cars. As a result, travel for pedestrians and bicyclists as well as transit options can be difficult to navigate, slower and potentially unsafe. Denver Moves – Downtown is a major planning effort by the City and County of Denver (CCD) to transform mobility within the city – building off of years of study to re-envision how hundreds of thousands of people live, work, and play.
To create more dynamic and accessible public realm, the CCD engaged a multidisciplinary team, led by HDR and including other national and local firms. The goal was to develop a plan to guide mobility, placemaking, economic development and safety investments over the next 20 years.
The final plan includes 12 transformative projects, ranging from increased transit access to curbside organization to bike pathways, that establish a more accessible downtown Denver and provide the greatest amount of public benefit. ZGF supported the transportation analysis and urban design assessment, identifying gaps in the existing system and collaborating on a preferred transit service plan. The plan will increase transit access and provide additional options for travelling to and from downtown Denver.
The firm participated in the multi-modal framework planning, which created a system-wide foundation for the next 8-10 years through an extensive public process that sets city transportation goals and policy strategy. ZGF also led the development of alternative, prototype cross-sections; produced birdseye block plans; and developed a Best Practices Public Realm technical memo.
Projects will be implemented over a phased funding schedule, with phase one improvements planned over the next two years.