Montbello Walks

Denver's Montbello Neighborhood (2017-Present)

Project Description

Denver's Montbello neighborhood is an underresourced community that suffers from poorer health outcomes compared to wealthier counterparts in the area. Community leader Pam Jiner stepped and led a group of citizen scientists to assess features of the built environment that affect walkability and healthy living in Montbello. This group of citizen scientists went on to share their story with local decisionmakers to make recommendations for change.


  • Vision Zero
  • Denver Street Partnership
  • Walk2Connect
  • Girltrek
  • Montbello Walks
  • Colorado Department of Transportation
  • Denver City Council
  • Denver Police
  • Denver Transportation & Infrastructure
  • Denver Community Planning & Development
  • Denver Parks & Recreation
  • Northeast Transportation Connections
  • Regional Transportation District
  • Montbello 20/20


  • Drained "the swamp"
  • Installation of 40-ft wide sidewalks under I-70
  • ADA crosswalks with signals at all of the interstate on-ramps
  • Crosswalks, stop signs, and pedestrian islands at McGlone Elementary School
  • Crosswalks and No Parking signage at Escalante Briggs Elementary School
  • Crosswalks and No Parking signage at Silverman Park
  • New bicycle lanes connecting 3 major arteries to Green Valley Ranch and Montbello
  • Pedestrian flashing signals throughout the community
  • Pedestrian island with flashing signals and Peoria and Andrew
  • One mile of new city sidewalks connecting both sides of the interstate
  • RTD pedestrian wayfinding signs
  • Bicycle obstacle course behind rec center for bicycle education
  • Bicycle pump track at the DCIS Montbello High School
  • Building a senior playground

Learn more about the origins of this project with GirlTrek Walkability Assessments and Q&A with Pam Jiner.

Register and watch a recording of Pam Jiner and Ann Banchoff's presentation for Montbello Walks at the New England Public Health Training Center here

Our Voice Impact

"This experience has changed my life.  I see inadequacies everywhere I go as it relates to pedestrian access and safety.  I even stop [at] construction sites to remind them to be considerate of the handicapped in our community.  Thank you all so much for this awareness and empowerment to require change."

~ Pam Jiner, GirlTrek Advocacy Leader, Denver CO