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Complete The Greenway Paths and Connect Them

There is a wonderful set of planned greenways already drawn up. Unfortunately, only a fairly small percentage of them have actually been completed. If Huntsville were to complete the proposed greenways and connect them via some dedicated cycling corridors (or additional greenways) we could have a premiere biking/pedestrian infrastructure. Connecting this system to Research Park and other major areas of commerce like the Malls/Target/Walmart shopping areas and schools would open up the real possibility of being able to live in Huntsville without a car.

Another useful measure would be to create pedestrian/Bike friendly connections between the numerous culdesac neighborhoods that often make it impossible to bike around Huntsville without using roads that are always very busy. The fact they do not allow through traffic often makes them excellent areas to ride a bike, but you often can't get to them or connect them to create longer routes for the same reason. It is possible to make connections that are not useable by cars.

Submitted by Tmortn 1 year ago

Comments (6)

  1. I would love to not have to drive my car all of the time, yet still have a convenient and easy way to get around :)

    1 year ago
  2. Yes! Bike-friendly infrastructure has been shown to have a positive impact on business, not to mention being attractive to the coveted young professional demographic, reducing car traffic and improving health.

    1 year ago
  3. Bike trails and pedestrian trails raise property values and connecting them can raise the lifestyle value of the entire city/ county. Small cities out West know this, the DC area knows this. "Yes" to safe bike trails that go someplace as well as offer a park-like exercise experience for athletes and families.

    1 year ago
  4. Tmortn Idea Submitter

    Looking at this now that I understand this site a bit better I find it interesting that all the various Greenway suggestions currently have a cumulative Feedback score of 94 which would easily put it at the top of the feedback chart for all ideas, not just in the parks section. Though I'd need to check other similarly connected ideas to know if that would be true if you considered all of them. Even so one of the greenway topics is ranked 2 by itself with only the riverfront idea ahead of it.

    1 year ago
  5. Nice!

    Though, I don't see Walmart as being a cyclist-friendly corporation or a reasonable destination by bicycle.

    1 year ago
  6. I too hope the greenway expansion will continue to dominate the city expansion projects. More family friendly bike commuting will be appreciated by thousands of Huntsvillians.

    1 year ago

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    1 year ago