Project Shift In Action

 

We are halfway through our neighborhood project events! We had a lot of fun getting creative at the South Broadway and Highlands projects and are looking forward to what the Sunnyside and Five Points teams have planned. We hope to see you at the Sunnyside sidewalk painting project on October 22 and the Five Points safer crossing demonstration on October 28!

 

Project Shift South Broadway celebrates transit improvements

On October 7, the Project Shift South Broadway team participated in the Better Broadway Bus Stop Decorating Contest by hosting the VIP after party for the event. Since the City had already marked the bus lane on Broadway with red paint, making it a permanent lane that prioritizes efficient transit service on the corridor, the Project Shift team wanted to literally roll out the red carpet to celebrate bus riders. The bus stop at Broadway and 1st Avenue was decked out with a red carpet, photo booth, and stage for comedians from Fort Comedy who put on a show that took place just outside the popular Punch Bowl Social. The team was also able to engage with bus riders and have conversations about how bus stops could be improved for current and future riders as Denver aims to increase transit use and become a more multi-modal city.

VIP seating area at Broadway & 1st bus stop. Photo credit: Tanner Dunn/The FRVR
The South Broadway team – or “SoBots” – smile for the camera. Photo credit: Tanner Dunn/The FRVR 
Enjoying the after party at the end of the two day bus stop decorating contest. Photo credit: Tanner Dunn/The FRVR
Sharing laughs at the live comedy show featuring comedians from Fort Comedy. Photo credit: Tanner Dunn/The FRVR

 

Project Shift Highlands teams up with local businesses on Navajo

Next up was the Highlands team, who wanted to make the local arts district on Navajo Street more inviting and pleasant to walk or bike on. They reached out to local business owners and found there was a lot of interest in adding more public seating along the corridor. This would encourage residents and visitors to stroll, linger, and check out the small independent businesses locate there, from the established Bug Theatre and Zip37 Gallery to a newly opened boutique. The Highlands team, with help from local artist, musician, and business owner Reed Weimer, decided to roll up their sleeves and rebuild an existing dilapidated bench, install a new bench, and add some planters on a beautiful Sunday morning. With a restaurant, hair salon, and coffee shop on the way, simple amenities like benches and plants could make the small arts district at Navajo and 37th Ave feel like more of a destination.

Members of the Highlands team paint the reconstructed bench they had just finished putting together at the corner of Navajo St & 37th Ave. Photo credit: Project Shift
The Highlands team and volunteers pose for a photo on a newly installed bench outside the Bug Theatre. Photo credit: Allison Trembly

Want to get involved? Volunteer at the two remaining Project Shift neighborhood events!

Project Shift: Sunnyside

Date & Time: Sunday, October 22, 9:30am-3:30pm
Location: Meet at Chaffee Park at 44th Ave & Tejon Street

What’s the deal?

The 41st and Fox RTD station is located a few blocks away from destinations of interest in Sunnyside for residents and commuters, but it is unclear when you are at the station where these amenities are located. This station will be opening soon, allowing commuters to easily access the many businesses in the Sunnyside neighborhood.

What are you doing?

The Sunnyside Connection team will be raising awareness of the many dining, shopping and entertainment opportunities within easy cycling and walking distance of the 41st and Fox Street Light Rail Station by:

  • Installing large maps with various restaurants, stores, bars, and bike lanes clearly marked on them in the neighborhood.
  • Creating a brochure version of the map and distributing it to businesses within the Sunnyside neighborhood.
  • Painting a walking path and icons on the sidewalk directing pedestrians and cyclists toward identified destinations.
I’d love to help! How can I get in touch?

Visit the Facebook event page or the sign-up page to help paint stencils on the sidewalks! Contact the Sunnyside Connection team with any questions at SunnysideConnection.CO@gmail.com.

 

Project Shift: Five Points

Date & Time: Saturday, October 28, 9:00am-3:00pm
Location: 26th Ave intersections at Emerson and Clarkson

What’s the deal?

This Five Points team is working to increase safety for people crossing 26th Avenue between Downing and Welton streets. Currently, children in the neighborhood south of 26th Avenue have to cross heavy traffic at intersections with low visibility to get to the recreation center or the brand new playground at Lenore B. Quick Park. The corridor is a destination with a health care center, restaurant, bar, bakeries, brewery, yoga studio and a preschool, but the crossings are uncontrolled and unmarked to cars, dividing the Five Points Neighborhood.

What are you doing?

The team’s goal is to create a sense of place along 26th Avenue between Welton and Downing Streets by increasing pedestrian safety and preventing parking too close to the curb ramps, which do not allow pedestrians to cross safely. They will demonstrate a potential safety improvement to the community by blocking parking spaces with traffic cones to simulate curb extensions at Clarkson and Emerson streets. Curb extensions both increase visibility of pedestrians to cars and provide better vision for pedestrians crossing 26th Avenue. Help them show the community that you support safer crossings in the neighborhood by visiting the demo and providing input!

I’d love to help! How can I get in touch?

The team needs help with the following:

  • Volunteers to help get the word out
  • Traffic cones – lots of them! (will be returned after event)
  • Day-of input on the demonstration!

Email stephanimeyers@gmail.com for more information.


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