Thursday, January 26, 2012

Take the community survey about potential north side neighborhood greenways!

By Michelle Stenzel

The Streets for Cycling Plan 2020 Community Area Group co-leaders (including yours truly) invite your input on potential north side streets to be transformed into neighborhood greenways!

Please read about neighborhood greenways (sometimes called bike boulevards) first and watch the video link, so that you have a clear idea about what makes a good candidate, and what kind of treatments can be implemented to make the street optimal for bicyclists, pedestrians and residents of the street.

Wouldn't it be nice if bicycling were always this peaceful? Olive Park near Ohio Street Beach.
(Photo: Bike Walk Lincoln Park)

Thanks to the maps produced at last month’s open house downtown, our December community group meeting, and all of your e-mailed comments, we have already collected significant feedback about routes suggested for potential neighborhood greenways. 

Now we want to hear from you – what would work on those routes? What challenges or barriers would there be? What are your top choices for where you’d like to see these bikeways installed? The links to two surveys below ask just that. 

When at all possible, we would like to recommend two-way routes, which is why you will see some routes listed as “couplets” – two one-way streets near each other. You will also see several “this OR that.” While we wish every road was a neighborhood greenway, we are being asked to identify a limited number of routes. The “this OR that” options, are streets that could be conducive to being neighborhood greenways, but are also very close to each other.

First look at the map, linked here. (File takes up to a minute to fully load but then you can zoom and maneuver.)

We launched the survey yesterday via e-mail to all who are on the S4C2020 north side e-mail list (drop me a line at Michelle at KairiesStenzel dot com to be added) and have already received many responses! People are speaking their mind in favor and against all the proposed routes, which is exactly what we want to hear. 

All comments and data will be forwarded to the CDOT S4C team, which is compiling a massive database of input, which will be used to inform the city's plan for our streets for the next eight years. Keep the responses rolling in!

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