DENVER — The Denver City Council voted Monday night to adopt a bill decriminalizing jaywalking in the city.
The council approved the measure in a 10-3 vote.
City data cited in a committee presentation earlier this month shows that Denver police only issued about 135 jaywalking tickets in the past five years, and most of those went to people of color or people living on the streets.
Safe streets advocates also said the city's infrastructure sometimes forces pedestrians into the streets to avoid broken or missing sidewalks.
Council members opposed to the ordinance said it sends mixed messages as the city tries to make the streets safer for pedestrians.
Mayor Michael Hancock still needs to sign the bill in order for it to take effect, and the signed ordinance has to be filed by the city clerk. The Denver Gazette reports Hancock can veto the bill, but the council can override his veto with nine votes.
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