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Colorado offers $4.1 million to cities that use pavement for people, not cars, as part of coronavirus recovery

New “Can Do Colorado” initiative offers grants for communities that expand dining, shopping and pedestrian access into common areas

Jason Blevins
The Colorado Sun
Customers sit at outdoor tables June 12 along Main Street in Breckenridge. As part of Walkable Main, restaurants are given 10-by-34-foot sections of the street to expand into.
Courtesy Elaine Collins

Across Colorado, communities large and small are diverting cars around main streets to allow more open-air, socially-distanced dining, shopping and strolling.

And now the state is stepping in with a new $4.1 million grant program to encourage more creative uses for public streets as businesses revive after the pandemic shutdown.

DenverBoulder, LittletonLouisvilleArvadaFriscoBreckenridgeCarbondaleErieFort Collins and Estes Park are among the first municipalities to experiment with shifting pavement built for cars to pedestrian-only pockets.

Gov. Jared Polis’s new multi-agency Can Do Colorado Community Challenge — announced Thursday amidst a flurry of initiatives — is championing those kinds of community efforts with grants that support safer workplaces, more open restaurants and easier remote working.

The Colorado Department of Transportation is providing “small-scale grants” to cities and towns that can quickly convert parking spots and roads into plazas, using money available in the state’s Multi Modal Options Fund. The agency also is offering micro grants up to $5,000 for communities that promote telework to reduce commuter traffic on local roads.

Read more via The Colorado Sun.

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