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Should Denver Spend More To Keep Pedestrians And Cyclists Safe?

Denver has promised to spend $5 million on bike- and pedestrian-friendly projects in 2018. On the surface, this seems like a substantial amount of money. However, one organization argues that it pales in comparison to what other cities are spending and it is not nearly enough to accomplish everything the city has promised.

Keeping Pedestrians And Bike Riders Safe Costs Money

According to an article in the Denver Post, the city has proposed an ambitious plan to make streets more walkable and to add bike lanes. These are important steps toward reducing the number of pedestrians and bicyclists hit by cars every year.

The Denver Streets Partnership argues that, while these are great plans, the city is not putting in the money necessary to see that they come to fruition. The group says that the city would have to spend $40 million a year for the next 20 years to accomplish all the changes promised. This amount would be closer to what other cities are spending on similar projects. For example, the group cites the $30 million Seattle is spending and the $25 million Oklahoma City is spending.

The goal of all these changes is to reduce the number of pedestrians and cyclists hurt or killed in car accidents. While the question of how fast is still outstanding, it does appear that positive changes are coming. Nonetheless, people who travel by foot or by bike should continue to watch for careless drivers, and should be aware that, in the event that a driver's negligence causes them harm, they may be able to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other costs through a personal injury claim.

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