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Denver’s shared streets program to continue into the new year, city officials say

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Denver’s generally well-received shared streets program will continue into the new year with a few changes to help snowplows along during the winter months, city officials announced Wednesday.

The idea began not long after the coronavirus pandemic hit the city as a way to offer cooped-up residents new places to stretch their legs, ride their bikes and interact with each other at a safe distance. And for the most part, residents have welcomed closing off streets to most cars, though some have complained about disrupted traffic.

The program will continue through the winter season, city spokeswoman Heather Burke said in a news release. And some signs designating the shared streets will soon be swapped out with heavier, water-filled barriers and other obstacles that snowplows can more easily maneuver around.

Those changes will begin at the following stretches, Burke said:

  • East 11th Avenue from Sherman Street to Humboldt Street (west of Cheesman Park)
  • East 16th Avenue from Lincoln Street to City Park Esplanade
  • Bayaud Avenue from Sherman to Downing streets
  • 30th Street from Welton to Larimer streets

And in the meantime, city officials will remove shared street designations on Franklin and Irving streets, which haven’t been heavily used, in favor of new, yet-to-be-determined locations, Burke said.

City officials will again examine the success of the program closer to the spring, Burke said, and determine next steps from there.

A full list of Denver’s shared streets can be found online at denvergov.org.

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