by Lauryn Bradley, CALC Youth Advisor
*the DSP modified lyrics from “I’m A Believer” by The Monkees.
On February 14th, 2020 I was able to be a part of the 5th annual Vision Zero Love-In. Transit fans showed their love for the bus, starting at the 17th and Lawrence bus stop and taking the wonderful 0 bus to the City and County Building (CCB). While on the bus, a group of true transit believers serenaded the bus driver and RTD passengers with a transit flash mob, welcoming the oncoming passengers as they boarded at each stop. It was a truly amazing sight to see, with the bus driver dancing and singing along and enjoying the flash mob. Upon arriving at the stop before the walk to the CCB we were greeted by bystanders and community members who couldn’t help but smile and ask what the group was doing as they heard the music and saw the large, red, heart-shaped Vision Zero sign. As we walked through Civic Center park some curious kids and their parents tagged along singing, having a good time. After getting to the CCB a final flash mob took place in front of CCB before a short program.
Jill Locantore, the Executive Director of the Denver Streets Partnership, had the honor of kicking off the event and discussing the goals of Vision Zero and the importance of reinforcing the vision of zero traffic deaths and injuries on Denver’s streets by 2030. During the event people from different walks of life spoke and wrote valentines about what the streets mean to them and the community. Denver City Councilmen Chris Hinds (District 10) and Jolon Clark (District 7) attended and spoke in support of these wonderful efforts and desires to make the streets safer.
Finishing out a wonderful event, Jamila Bryant from the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) and Safe Routes to School read a heartwarming short poem by CALC’s Christian Steward: “This is my Open Love Letter to the Streets.”
I am extremely overjoyed and thankful to have been a part of this event. As you’re out and about, take a picture and share what the streets mean to you. Share your pictures on Instagram and tag @denver_calc.