A screen capture from a video promoting the VAMOS Bike Network. Avi Stopper, founder of The Bike Streets Project , which uses crowdsourcing to identify Denver streets that are cycling-friendly and provides maps that help riders reach destinations safely, is scheduled to meet this week with officials from the city’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure and other agencies to pitch VAMOS, an initiative with the goal of constructing a low-stress bike network for the Mile High City.
Stopper has already launched an online petition addressed to Mayor Michael Hancock encouraging him to "build the VAMOS Bike Network now," and he’s hopeful the city will be as interested in the concept as he is. "I’ve been doing this work for five years now," he says, "and I’ve never been more optimistic about Denver and its potential to be an incredible national beacon for how a city can reduce the number of vehicular miles that are traveled — and that has such a significant impact on so many parts of society."
DOTI spokesperson Vanessa Lacayo makes no formal commitment to Stopper’s plan, but notes a similarity of vision. "We appreciate all efforts to promote bicycling…for Denver residents and visitors," she notes. "While Avi’s approach focuses primarily on local streets, DOTI is building a robust network that utilizes all street types accompanied with infrastructure to make biking more safe, convenient and comfortable. We have found synergy with him in Denver’s plans to create a permanent Shared Streets program and build more neighborhood bikeways."
Stopper underscores […]