If this is your first time visiting Denver Moves Everyone — welcome! For those visiting again — thank you! Feedback provided to-date shaped the goals for Denver Moves Everyone, and will be used to prioritize future transportation investments in our City.
It’s now time to get your feedback on how Denver could change in the future! Understanding changes that could happen can show us how transportation, and the way we experience it, may look and feel different in the future. Your feedback will help determine what we should plan for, and what programs and projects should be implemented to bring about a future we’re all excited about.
Our Challenges Now & Our Transportation Future
Watch this quick video to hear what fellow Denverites have to say about their experience getting around Denver and their hopes for the future. How does this compare with your experiences?
Let's Get Acquainted!
What neighborhood do you live in? Drop a pin and tell us a little bit about yourself. Even if you’ve already provided this information in the past, it’s important for us to understand who we are reaching with every engagement opportunity. Representation across all of Denver's neighborhoods is critical to the success of this plan and we promise not to share your personal information with anyone.
Understanding our past will help us plan for a better tomorrow
Denver didn't become Denver overnight, and understanding our history is critical to planning Denver’s future. Since the time that Native Americans settled the Platte River Valley, Denver has been shaped by decisions around transportation, neighborhoods, water management, and preserving open space. These past decisions have legacies, both positive and negative, that continue to influence how we travel in Denver today. By learning from our history and the decisions that shaped our City, we can plan a better transportation system in Denver designed to move everyone.
Click on your area of the city and explore your neighborhood or favorite places in Denver. By understanding our past, we can invest in the things we want and prevent some of the things we don’t.
Unless otherwise stated, all photos and historical sources are courtesy of the Western History and Genealogy Department of the Denver Public Library.
Denver Is Ever Evolving
The way we move in Denver has evolved more rapidly in the past twenty years than in the prior 100! Click here for a quick journey through the evolution of Denver in the recent past.
- Guess what didn’t even exist in 2005? Google maps on our phones……or Uber/Lyft!
- Just eight years ago, food delivery services like Door Dash were founded
- Did you know…… Shared bikes, electric bikes and e-scooters were not widely used in the year 2007?
- In the past ten years, we built the City’s first protected bike lanes, expanded bus only lanes, and started a sidewalk construction program!
- And just two years ago, the first driverless shuttle was tested in Denver
Rapid change is on the horizon and big programs and projects take time to get from an idea, to a plan, to your neighborhood – we want to do it right, so we’re starting now.« Back Next »
Recapping Our Goals
Gear up to explore our possible futures and provide your input! But first, let’s celebrate the project goals that you helped form.
Your input on the goals, and an understanding of the changes coming to our city – have enabled us to visualize what Denver’s future transportation system could look like« Back Next »
Denver in 2050
Now that we’ve learned about the past, we want you to think about four different versions of how Denver could look in the future. We don’t know what the future holds and we may not want some of these futures to happen. But, by understanding what could happen, we can see what projects, policies and programs best meet the goals of Denver Moves Everyone – and what you’re looking forward to.
Your input and ideas on these four possible futures will be used to understand what we should focus on now and later. And, your feedback will help us to identify the best transportation efforts to invest in to achieve our goals as Denverites.
Denver travels mostly by car and looks and feel the same as always.
The New Normal
Denver goes virtual as the travel changes from the pandemic accelerate.
Walkable and Green
Denver is easy to get around without a car, but less convenient to drive.
Driverless cars become the norm for how Denverites travel.
Hover over the to learn more about the change. Then, as you navigate the futures, you’ll see how that change will be impacted (more or less) depending on the future.
Now let's learn more about what Denver could look like in 2050...
In this future, Denver travels mostly by car and looks and feel the same as always.
Most places in Denver are relatively spread out, making driving often the most convenient travel option.
Like today, most people get around by car while fewer people walk, bike, and take transit.
Safety and Comfort
Denver's streets today are designed for cars. Traffic crashes remain high.
Denver's air quality is poor and severe weather is more frequent.
Today, Denver's population is growing faster than funding for transportation.
Driverless cars and working from home didn’t really change how we travel in Denver. Travel patterns are much the same as they were in 2020.
The New Normal
In this future, Denver goes virtual as the travel changes experienced during the pandemic accelerate.
Places in Denver are more spread out making driving even more convenient. Most daily activities are done online or at home without the need to travel.
More people and things move by car. Busses are less frequent due to low ridership, but some people still walk and bike if convenient.
Safety and Comfort
Fewer cars are on the road reduces risk, but the traffic crashes that do occur are more severe.
Cars are cleaner but driving still contributes to climate change.
No new funding for transportation means Denver can’t keep up with needed repairs.
Online work, education, shopping, and daily activities increased for residents with access and flexibility. Denverites travel less due to these changes.
Walkable and Green
In this future, Denver is easy to get around without a car, but less convenient to drive.
Places in Denver are closer together, making transit, walking and biking convenient. Most things are nearby residents' homes.
Busses and trains are frequent and reliable, and walking and biking is easy for local trips. Driving is less convenient, but still a good option to get out of town.
Safety and Comfort
There are fewer cars driving at slower speeds but streets and sidewalks are busier with more people moving around.
Nearly every car is electric and driving contributes little to climate change.
Economic growth in Denver provides funding for repairs and improvements.
Driverless cars and working from home didn’t really change travel in Denver. Residents shop in their neighborhoods for most things.
In this future, driverless cars become the norm for how Denverites travel.
Places in Denver are very spread out making driving the fastest option to travel. Everything is delivered and work and school is virtual so living anywhere in the Front Range is easy.
Getting around the region is fastest in a car. Long distance transit routes remain, but local busses are limited. Walking and biking are not convenient for most trips.
Safety and Comfort
Driverless cars significantly reduce crashes, but more vehicles on streets impact how comfortable it is to travel when not driving.
Most cars are electric and driving contributes less to climate change.
Growth slows reducing funds for transportation improvements.
Driverless cars changed Denver. Most travel is done in a driverless car for those who are able, and most things are done online.
Hang In There…You’re Almost Done - Tell Us What You Think
Now tell us about how you think your travel patterns and our city might change in each of the futures you just learned more about. Click the button in the bottom right corner to remind you about the changes in each future.
Please complete the survey in full - feedback is not saved until you click “Submit” at the end. We promise it’ll be quick and your input will help us plan for a Denver future you’re excited about.
Thank You for Helping Us!
We'll come back with more on this plan, including our shared vision and ideas for goals based on your feedback. Talk to you soon!
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