Bike Theft and Safety

These days, more and more Denverites are choosing to get around by bike. With the 27 miles of expanded bikeways that the Northwest Community Transportation Network is bringing to our neighborhoods, residents will have even more opportunities to enjoy riding.  With that, we wanted to offer some helpful hints to stay safe, protect your bike, and have fun.

Most people recognize that helmets are a must, but here are a few more items that can make your travel by bike safer:

  • Bells – Give your neighbors time to react calmly to your passing by ringing your bell from a distance and then again, as you get closer.
  • Lights – They’re the law, but they also keep you visible.  Some riders even use them during the day! Take care to point your light slightly downward to avoid blinding your neighbors driving while remaining seen.
  • General Visibility – Use outdoor gear with reflective accents.  To see what you should wear on your bike, check your closet with a flashlight.

If you are leaving your bike, be sure to lock it up.  Bike theft in Denver is up 23%, so here are a few tips to ensure your bike remains yours.

  • The cable locks that are often easiest to use are unfortunately also the easiest for thieves to defeat.  Consider a u-lock or bike-specific chain if you are leaving your bike for more than a quick cup of coffee.
  • When locking up, try to find someplace away from car and foot traffic, and be sure to get your lock through the frame and wheels, if possible.  Stolen wheels and other accessories are common, so there are a number of security products available if you don’t want to carry your seat with you.
  • If you ride to school or work and can’t bring your bike inside, try switching your parking spot periodically.  Leaving your bike in the same place day after day can make it a more appealing target.
  • Lock your bike in your garage or bring it in the house.  More and more bikes are being stolen from garages these days.
  • Register your bike with the police.  Although it won’t stop your bike from being stolen, it does make it easier for police to return it to you, if found.  Extra credit:  Put a note inside the frame under the seat post with that registration number.
  • Photograph your bike and make sure your insurance company knows how much it’s worth. Make sure they apply its replacement value to calculate what they will pay should it get stolen.

Let’s Bike Safely, North Denver!

Tennyson Curbside Action Plan

A Curbside Access Plan (CAP) is a comprehensive parking plan that addresses parking concerns voiced by area residents, businesses, and property owners. CAPs are designed to address an area’s changing conditions (e.g., density, redevelopment, etc.) and acknowledge the needs of all user groups. The process utilizes a stakeholder committee to identify specific parking challenges, explore alternatives, and develop parking recommendations.

The Tennyson CAP Committee is focused on potential changes between 38th and 46th Avenues, from Raleigh to Vrain, and consists of BRUN, Tennyson Berkeley Business Association (TBBA), and Local Maintenance District representatives, as well as other interested parties. This Committee is helping the city develop a draft plan that will eventually be shared with the greater neighborhood for additional feedback.

As of now, the Tennyson CAP concept proposes to expand time-limited/permitted parking block faces. More specifically, the concept proposes that 2-hour time limits/permitted parking be introduced along 13 block faces, primarily along portions of Utica, Stuart, and Tennyson.  Based on the CAP committee’s knowledge and perspectives, we are also proposing to extend the time limits to 8:00 PM and introduce 3-hour parking limits on the avenues, where residential frontage is relatively minor, to better accommodate Tennyson Street patrons who want to stay for longer than two hours. An Area Permit is also being proposed, which would allow permitted residents the ability to park on any of the time limited block faces (except for Tennyson) within the study area.

Because COVID-19 has altered parking demand and patterns, more parking occupancy data needs to be collected and more outreach needs to be conducted in order to help us refine the concept and ensure we are not missing any areas. For example, the city is continuing to collect parking occupancy data on specific portions of Raleigh and Vrain to determine if additional time limits/permits may be appropriate. 

A draft concept has been developed and will soon be shared more broadly with impacted addresses, TBBA, and the greater neighborhood. Letters will be mailed to all addresses within the study area to solicit input, and it will also be posted on the TBBA and BRUN websites once it is ready.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why are CAPs necessary?
    • The City is changing rapidly, creating even more demand for the curb lane
    • In some areas, on-street parking restrictions may be inconsistent, outdated, and not reflect current levels of activity or new, increasing densities
    • Parking challenges should be proactively addressed on a neighborhood scale
    • Strategies developed should address an area’s unique needs
  • How are CAP areas selected?
    • Stakeholder interest
    • Development/redevelopment activity 
    • Increased densities 
    • Areas with parking inconsistencies
    • Zoning changes
    • Annual sign sweep program 
    • City Council input 
    • Opportunities to partner with other city planning efforts
    • Frequency of resident and business inquires and concerns 
  • What are the expected outcomes?
    • Restrictions that address current activity levels
    • Curbside strategies that correspond with changing land uses and increasing densities
    • Comprehensive parking management through consistent strategies
    • Predictable experiences and restriction patterns for all user groups
    • Recommendations that maximize curb lane access and assets 
    • Recommendations and integrate multi-modal options 

If you have additional questions or comments, please email scott.burton@denvergov.org.

Free PPE Available for Small Businesses & Nonprofits

The City and County of Denver is supporting its small and micro businesses and nonprofits that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic by providing free PPE kits to them. These free kits will help each organization offset an unexpected expense and help ensure a safe environment for employees, volunteers, and customers as these organizations continue to reopen.  Click here for more information.

Historic District Round-Up

Do you live in a historic district? Are you interested in learning more about them? Do you want to engage with other residents in Denver’s historic districts? If so, then mark your calendars for this FREE EVENT sponsored by Historic Denver.

This year’s Annual Historic District Round-Up will be hosted virtually on Zoom, hopefully allowing for an even wider audience to attend!

The event will be July 21, 2020, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Click the following link to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/historic-district-roundup-tickets-109265471968

Virtual Recreation with DPR

In partnership with Denver Community Media, DPR has launched a new series of virtual programming to keep you active! Recreation activities will air Monday thru Friday at 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, on Comcast channels 56 and 881, along with a mixture of repeats on Saturday and Sunday at 7:00 pm.

In addition, new videos will be posted to DPR’s YouTube channel daily! Follow DPR on Facebook and Instagram for direct links to this free content!

Bike Path Update

The Denver Department of Transportation & Infrastructure (DOTI) will build out 125 miles of bikeways between 2020 and 2023 to make it easier to travel the city by bicycle. These bikeways will be constructed in three focus areas: Northwest, Central, and South Central. 

They have uploaded the most recent drawings of the over 40 proposed bikeways and are encouraging the public to review these drawings and add input to inform current project designs and inform future improvements to the neighborhood: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/23aa1f1e3e7d40a5aa870703b733a725

Monthly Meetings Go Online

BRUN meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 6:30 – 8:00 pm! Monthly meetings are Open to the Public, with an Open Mic to hear neighbors’ concerns.

COVID-19 MEETING CHANGE: BRUN will be moving our monthly meetings online until further notice.

To join these meetings from your computer, tablet or smartphone, please visit https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88995264810, or dial (346) 248-7799 (Meeting ID: 889 9526 4810).

PLEASE JOIN US!

Takeout Tuesdays

Now’s your chance to help keep local restaurants going during COVID-19. Join Northside neighborhood and merchant groups by signing the “Takeout Tuesdays” pledge to receive weekly reminders and recommendations for amazing “to go” food options all over North Denver. Sign up here: https://mailchi.mp/eba24841a541/takeouttuesday  to help keep the Northside community strong!

Active Main Street Town Halls

Over the past few years, streets like Tennyson have lost retail space to new development that is 100% residential. To help address this issue, BRUN and Denver City Council District 1 Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval are hosting meetings to discuss proposed changes to mixed use (MX) and main street (MS) zoned areas within the boundaries of our neighborhood. These meetings are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Please mark your calendar and join us for the discussions.

Dates:
Thursday, March 5 – 6:30-8:30 PM
Wednesday, March 11 – 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Location: Skinner Middle School