On August 15th, thanks in part to the support of advocates like you, the Denver City Council voted to refer the General Obligation (GO) Bond to the ballot. In November, voters will decide whether or not to approve the bond that includes funds for improving sidewalks and bike lanes across Denver.
If you walk or ride your bike in Denver, you might have noticed more than a quarter of Denver streets are missing sidewalks. Studies show that people who live in walkable neighborhoods generally get about 35 to 45 more minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a week and are less likely to be overweight or obese than those in less walkable neighborhoods.
Well-maintained sidewalks and bike lanes will also make it easier for those who live in and visit Denver to lead healthier lifestyles by walking more. Studies have shown that walking for 21 minutes a day can cut your risk of heart disease by 30%. Walking has also been shown to reduce the risk of diabetes and cancer, and lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
You'll hear from me throughout the fall with regular updates about the campaign before the vote on November 7. We will be making sure Denver voters know about the bond and how it will improve the overall health of the Mile High City by making it a more walkable and bike-friendly place for all. Please join us as we thank City Council for putting it on the ballot!