Preliminary Findings of Crashes Along Colorado Boulevard

(Note: the full, complete findings can be found in this post– A Decade of Crashes Along Colorado Boulevard )

The initiative Take Back The Boulevard, which seeks to calm traffic and produce a safe, pleasant atmosphere along Colorado Boulevard has received a bit of backlash in the local newspaper Boulevard Sentinel. While it would seem efforts to make a street safer and more pleasant is hardly something to oppose, there are concerns that the initiative may result in a ‘traffic nightmare’, be bad for local businesses, or even make the street less safe.

Much of this opposition relies on anecdotal observations and speculation about how traffic operates with few facts and little evidence. As a supporter of the efforts to calm traffic on Colorado Boulevard I want to make the case to support the initiative with real facts, evidence, and bringing to light the perspective of vulnerable street users (pedestrians, and cyclists).

One of the first places I’ve gone to for information is the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) where one can request crash information. The idea to calm traffic along Colorado Boulevard did not come out of nowhere, there are compelling reasons to do so and part of it is that Colorado is simply unsafe.

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Heads Up: Now Writing on Bipediality

Fellow Eagle Rockers,

Sorry for the lack of posting lately, there’s plenty to write about but not enough time. If anyone has a pressing issue they’d like to write about, anything Eagle Rock related – appreciation of a local shop, a walk you went on recently, a dislike, an observation – leave a comment indicating so and we can have your work published as a guest post here.

Also, I was recently invited by the authors of the great NELA based blog Bipediality to write there too. If you read Walk Eagle Rock, Bipediality is likely up your alley. The other day I made my introduction and inaugural post which can be read here.

Lastly, if you can’t get enough of Walk Eagle Rock, may I suggest checking out the Walk Eagle Rock twitter feed for all kinds of micro comments, usually Eagle Rock, pedestrian, or bicycle related.

Thanks for reading!