Denver hires 'Pedestrian Planner' in hopes you'll walk more

9NEWS @ 10. 9/14/2016

DENVER - The city of Denver has a new employee whose job is to make more people want to walk and to make that walk more pleasant.

Chief Pedestrian Planner, David Pulsipher, is asking for suggestions on how walkability can be improved.  

"I want to know about those issues so we can fix them,” Pulsipher said.

Guillermo Tello, who walks along Broadway, said sidewalks are a bit of a problem. 

“They’re crowded…and narrow for this area,” Tello said.

Pulsipher said a lot can be done to fix these types of problems and make walking"less of an intimidating experience.” 

Improvements could include planting trees, widening sidewalks and increasing crosswalk times.

Teacher Ruby Manoles said her biggest problem is cyclists on the sidewalk.

“If a biker is coming behind me, sometimes I'm unaware of it and they'll sneak up on me,” Manoles said of walking on Broadway.

On Facebook, Michael Medina asked if Denver could get weeds cleaned off sidewalks.

And another Facebook user named Glenn said “Start from scratch”. 

Pulsipher believes he can help.

He said other fixes include creating more medians where walkers can rest while crossing and adding more clearly marked crosswalks. 

He added sidewalks could separated from the street by landscaping.

The city said the need for a pedestrian planner arose from a growing population and density issues.

Pulsipher will oversee a group called Denver Moves: Pedestrian and Trails, which is asking for your input. 

Meantime, Pulsipher says the group will take up to 18 months to develop strategies and policies based on citizen input.  Soon after that, work on various improvements is expected to begin. 

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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