Tennyson Curbside Action Plan (CAP) Fully Implemented in July 2021

Here is a link to the final plan map: 

https://berkeleyregisneighbors.files.wordpress.com/2021/05/updated-tennyson-cap-map.pdf.

See below for background info and details…

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 was focused on potential changes between 38th and 46th Avenues, from Raleigh to Vrain, and consisted of BRUN, Tennyson Berkeley Business Association (TBBA), and Local Maintenance District representatives, as well as other interested parties.

The Tennyson CAP concept proposed to expand time-limited/permitted parking block faces. More specifically, the concept proposed 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, they also proposed extending the time limits to 8:00 PM and introducing 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 was also proposed to allow permitted residents the ability to park on any of the time-limited block faces (except for Tennyson) within the study area.

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    • In some areas, on-street parking restrictions may be inconsistent, outdated, and not reflect current levels of activity or new, increasing densities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

Berkeley Park Pool Expanded Schedule, effective through September 4, 2021

Mondays/Wednesdays:

  • 7:00-9:00 a.m. | Lap Swim
  • 9:00-10:00 a.m. | Lap Swim (2 Lanes)
  • 9:00-10:00 a.m. | Adult Open Swim
  • 10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. | Open Swim, Block 1 (2 lap lanes)
  • 2:30-6:00 p.m. | Open Swim, Block 2 (1 lap lane)

Tuesdays/Thursdays:

  • 7:00-8:30 a.m. | Lap Swim
  • 9:00-10:00 a.m. | Aqua Aerobics
  • 10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. | Open Swim, Block 1 (2 lap lanes)
  • 2:30-6:00 p.m. | Open Swim, Block 2-Open Swim (1 lap lane)

 Fridays:

  • 7:00-9:00 a.m. | Lap Swim
  • 10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. | Open Swim, Block 1 (2 lap lanes)
  • 2:30-6:00 p.m. | Open Swim, Block 2 (1 lap lanes)

Saturdays:

  • 10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. | Open Swim, Block 1 (2 lap lanes)
  • 2:30-6:00 p.m. | Open Swim, Block 2

BRUN Endorsement of Colorado Youth Sustainability Board Climate Resolution to DPS

BRUN is joining the Denver Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation (INC) in declaring our support for Denver Public Schools to mitigate the increasing effects of climate change, allowing our schools and neighborhoods to flourish and creating a healthy city and planet for all future generations. To read INC’s full endorsement, click here.

Temporary Safe Outdoor Space at Regis University

Regis University will be launching a temporary Safe Outdoor Space (SOS) for the homeless on June 1st.  It is expected to run through December 31, 2021, with monthly options for renewal.  The Regis SOS will be located in a 19,000 sq. ft. portion of the Lot 6 parking lot, west of the McDonalds that is located at 51st Ave & Federal Blvd.

The SOS will be staffed and managed 24/7 and will include 56 individualized shelters with capacity to serve 60 people, including singles, couples, pets, people with disabilities and more. The SOS will be resource- and service-rich, including bathrooms, trash, laundry, showers, meals, daily wellness screenings, COVID testing/vaccine access, mental health services, physical health services, employment navigation, benefit navigation, and housing navigation services.

There are several opportunities for the neighborhood to engage and learn more about the SOS. For more information, visit https://www.coloradovillagecollaborative.org/safe-outdoor-space-regis.

Active Centers & Corridors Design Overlay

Members may have seen signs for this proposal posted around the neighborhood. This proposed text amendment would create the Active Centers and Corridors Design Overlay (DO-8) zone district to ensure ground floor non-residential uses with other mandatory design criteria intended to support vibrant, pedestrian-oriented mixed-use areas along Tennyson, Lowell & 44th Ave.

BRUN has emailed a Letter of Support for this proposal to the planning board (see below), which is scheduled to hold a hearing on this issue on February 3rd.  Neighbors also have until noon on February 2nd to submit written comments to planning board.

Update on Denver’s Group Living Rule Changes

As we’ve previously reported, Denver Community Planning and Development (CPD) has proposed Text Amendment No 7, which would drastically change the current rules for group living in the City and County of Denver. If you are NOT aware of the changes being proposed by Denver’s CPD, please click here for more information.

Although recognizing the need for city-wide affordable housing, BRUN is concerned with several passages in the proposal that may have negative impacts on our community. On August 9, 2020, the BRUN Board of Directors voted to take an opposition stance to the GL proposal as it was being presented to Denver’s Planning Board before it was approved to move forward without substantial revision.  

BRUN recently completed a member survey on this topic and will be issuing a follow up statement of opinion prior to City Council’s final deliberations on this topic, which are scheduled to take place on February 8th. A summary of the member survey results are posted below for your reference.

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!

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!