Heads Up at the University of Denver

image8At the Transportation Center, we’re all about people powered transportation, so we’re obviously very concerned about keeping pedestrians, bikers, and skateboarders safe. That’s why we’ve been working with the City of Denver, Undergraduate Student Government, Campus Safety and Marketing and Communications to bring the Heads Up campaign to the DU campus.

The Heads Up campaign was kicked off by the City of Denver on May 8th. More here: http://www.denverpost.com/politics/ci_23203369/denvers-rise-crashes-turns-focus-walkers-cyclists-drivers.

On the DU Campus, the Heads Up campaign has just begun. In this first phase of the campaign, we’re focusing on Education and Enforcement. Variable message signage will make drivers aware of increased bicycle, pedestrian, and skateboard traffic in the DU neighborhood, and the Denver Police Department will be stepping up enforcement around campus. Banners, posters, educational videos and safety cards geared toward pedestrians, cyclists, and skateboarders will promote awareness of surroundings and simple things that can increase safety, like using crosswalk buttons. Now that the first phase is launched, we will be focusing more on the third “E” of traffic safety, Engineering. If you’re interested in being part of the discussion, please contact us at du@transolutions.org.image6

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19 thoughts on “Heads Up at the University of Denver

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  5. As a mother of a DU employee, I try and have lunch with her every couple of weeks. I have seen and experienced so many violations of skateboarders, bicyclists, and people on scooters, that it is amazing to me that there are not horrific traffic events in the DU neighborhood every day! Just driving on University, the minute I cross Evans, I go into a state of hyper vigilance waiting for the next bicyclist to run a stop sign, a skateboarder to try and beat the light and fall off right in front of my front wheel or the person on the scooter desperately trying to cross the street and cannot see oncoming traffic. I think we are all aware of the students; the students need to be aware of others and the police need to protect drivers from the above groups and make sure they incure some hefty fines for some of their actions.

    • Thank you for your comments. Pedestrians, cyclists, and skateboarders ABSOLUTELY need to follow traffic laws, just as cars do. Many people in these groups could do a much better job of that. Unfortunately, many drivers are not as vigilant as you are, and many disobey traffic laws and endanger others at times. With the Heads Up campaign, we’re hoping that ALL groups start to think about how their actions impact everyone else. People travelling by all modes of transportation need to follow the rules of the road, and we hope that more people will start to be as vigilant as you are so that we can reduce accidents around the University.

  6. I am hoping the speed limit could be reduced to 25 mph on Evans! People leaving the Law School parking lot also need to yield to pedestrians. Hopefully all the side streets like Asbury would be strictly enforced to 15 mph like “school in session speed limits.”

    • Unfortunately, reducing speed limits is a tough issue, but if everyone were to drive at or below the limits that are currently posted, that would help keep everyone safer. And yes, we agree, it’s imperative that cars yield to pedestrians when they have the right of way!

    • Skateboarders, as well as pedestrians and cyclists, should wear light or reflective clothing to maximize their safety at night.

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