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Safe Routes for Youth 2020: Westwood Neighborhood, Denver, CO
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Westwood is a diverse, low-income neighborhood in Denver, one of its most pressing community problems is mobility safety, both for pedestrians and bicyclists. The organization Westwood Unidos has as a goal to provide the neighborhood youth safe access to newly improved amenities like parks. Currently, student have limited access to information and knowledge about the safest routes to move around between schools and parks. This project evaluates the most reliable roads by a mix of community mapping with school kids and families, spatial analysis of existing data, and the evaluation of current infrastructure projects, to provide an easily accessible map of safest routes from schools to parks. Mapping mobility safety can be a valuable tool to emulate in communities with similar challenges in Denver and the US.