Lincoln Street Walking Tour & Audit

Date: Tuesday, June 15
Time: 5:30pm – 7pm
Meet At: Virginia & Lincoln, northeast corner (RTD bus stop)

Planned Route: Bring your walking shoes! Our plan is to walk to 3rd and cross over to Broadway, time permitting. If our audits take longer than expected, our backup route is to cross at Ellsworth Ave.

During the walk, we will stop at the following three intersections and evaluate them according to AARP Walk Audit criteria:

  • Dakota & Lincoln
  • Alameda & Lincoln
  • Ellsworth & Lincoln

All of these intersections received recent pedestrian improvements, and you will determine how well they are working in the Lincoln environment. You will also get to pass various types of land uses and housing forms, some which are more walkable than others.

When we are done, we will walk down Broadway to Illegal Pete’s. Along the way, we will talk about the pedestrian experience in the two different portions of Broadway: the section without the protected bike lane and the section with it. We will evaluate the walkability along South Broadway and think about the future pedestrian benefits of the planned expansion of the bike lane between Center Avenue and the Cherry Creek Trail, scheduled to begin sometime in mid-2022.

Information to Know about Lincoln & Broadway Safety

Crashes on Lincoln Street by Intersection
  • Both streets are in the High Injury Network
    • Lincoln traffic deaths & injuries
      • Mode of transportation with the most fatalities: pedestrian, SUV, motorcycle; killed or seriously injured, 2013-2020: 68
    • Broadway traffic deaths & injuries
      • Mode of transportation with the most fatalities: motorcycle; killed or seriously injured, 2013-2020: 151
  • Traffic crashes on both streets destroy property past the curb line regularly and homes, sidewalks, businesses and tree lawn areas are impacted
  • Lincoln was originally a narrow residential street like Sherman, but tree lawns were removed for car lanes when it was converted to one-way; Broadway was also widened at one point
  • Demographics of Lincoln/Broadway from Ohio to Speer: 68.4% renter-occupied and 12% own no vehicles
  • Approximately 25,000+ vehicles travel down Lincoln per day, and Broadway carries approximately 30,000+ vehicles, according to DRCOG data
  • Both Lincoln and Broadway have at least three general travel lanes open during peak commute times, similar to the six-lane highways described in Right of Way
  • Note that Alameda is in the High Injury Network, and Ellsworth is also a high-crash street
  • The time when we will be walking is during evening peak hour, when congestion calms traffic speeds; however, please use caution and judgment at all times when walking

A Note About Land Use: Lincoln & Broadway from Ohio to Speer

The zoning for Lincoln and Broadway is residential, mixed use, and commercial. Lincoln is zoned for primarily residential and its existing forms are single family, duplexes, triplexes and larger apartment buildings, a true multi-age and multi-purpose neighborhood with “missing middle” forms. Most of the commercial land use on Lincoln is intended to serve the adjacent local residential area, much like Denver’s traditional streetcar suburbs.

Broadway has traditionally been considered commercial, but more housing is being developed on it, making it a true Main Street.