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Create Interconnecting Greenways

Greenways are shown to increase physical activity and boost local businesses. It is a economical way to enjoy the outdoors, commute, and exercise.

Submitted by knappster 1 year ago

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    1 year ago

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  1. We may have "35 miles of greenway" but most of it is a mile here and another mile there. Without connecting them together, they aren't very useful.

    1 year ago
    1. I agree, we need more real connections. Down is SE Huntsville, the Valley Hill Golf course is creating a disconnect between Aldridge Creek Trail and Atwood Drive Linear Park. Get those two trails connected and we'd have an unbroken bike path from Jones Valley Shopping Center all the way to Ditto Landing. That would be so sweet.

      1 year ago
  2. Perhaps including the sidewalk areas on both sides of California. That would be wonderful. It is lined with homes plus the school and the park.

    1 year ago
    1. Riding a bicycle on the sidewalk can be more dangerous than riding in the roadway itself.

      1 year ago
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    From a planning standpoint, I love the idea of a broad and interconnected greenway network. It's a health amenity, an activity, a traffic reducer, an economic generator... so much return on investment.

    1 year ago
  4. I used to use these in California for getting to work all the time! Plus the scenery while riding outdoors or walking on these paths are wonderful. I'd really like to see this because Huntsville and Madison have such limited options for alternative modes of transportation.

    1 year ago
  5. The benefits for health and recreation and family time are reason alone to connect greenways. Usership would improve exponentially if people had reasonable biking options along greenways. Dont believe it... just look at the exploding growth of "rails-to-trails" venues across the USA. Also a big selling point for Chamber of Commerce.

    1 year ago
  6. They really need to implement the plan on the books that would complete and connect the greenways. This would turn them into a network of trails providing viable paths for biking around town without playing in traffic. Drivers around here are at best ignorant of how to share the road with Cyclists and many are often overtly hostile.

    In addition to the existing plans it would also be ge great if they provided a connection to the Arsenal with a decent solution supported by the base for bike commuting on and off without having to mix in with the morning and afternoon commute rush traffic at the gates.

    Looking beyond just Huntsville, how about a protected right of way to Guntersville State Park? Wheeler/Decatur? To Bankhead National Forrest? To the Natchez Trace?

    If Huntsville and North Alabama boasted the above network it could become a very attractive bike touring destination.

    Thinking even bigger than that... If you then connected Guntersville state park to the Chief Ladiga trail in Anniston you would have a protected right of way for travel all the way to Atlanta.

    1 year ago
  7. Look what Philadelphia is doing to connect their 250 miles of neighborhood trails. They have 50 miles currently under construction. http://community.railstotrails.org/blogs/trailblog/archive/2013/06/06/play-your-part-in-connecting-750-miles-of-trails-around-greater-philadelphia.aspx

    1 year ago