As we encourage more bicycle and pedestrian traffic in downtown Huntsville, I'd like to see us create certain bikeways/pedways that could serve as major arteries for this type traffic. While railroad beds are a natural fit for this type of corridor, trying to get access to active rail rights-of-way can be challenging. Working with the city to create bike/pedestrian paths within existing autoways seems like a much better ...more »
This idea may be a bit of a stretch due to hydrology and risk concerns, but I think it is worth consideration. Our stormwater drainage channels conveniently create a network of potential travel corridors extensively around Huntsville. With all of the attention, funding, and technical expertise currently focused on expanding/creating a bicycle network, the timing is ideal to explore ambitious projects like this (especially ...more »
There needs to be a way to pedestrians and cyclists to get from the West side of 421 to the East side safely. There a many subdivisions (Hampton Ridge, Carrington, Highland Park, etc) in this area that don't have a safe way of getting to Hays Nature Preserve and the associated Greenways. I would like to see a pedestrian cross walk installed at Taylor and 431 to allow the western side of 431 access to Hays. Sidewalks ...more »
Create bike lanes and shared lanes. Promote biking and safety with marketing and advertising materials. Connect the park system using bike trails and lanes.
Things that can be done today at low or no cost:
1. Planning staff can create maps showing bike routes from landmarks and parks to other landmarks and parks. Give them to the public.
2. Organize bike events.
3. Educate the public on biking through workshops.
This family event is happening in cities and neighborhoods all across America. Parents and children are joining together and forming weekend rides across their cities to see the sights at human speeds. Huntsville could sponsor this activity. The Mayor's Bike Ride is close and a good start. Huntsville and Madison needs more of these activities.
Before moving to Huntsville, I lived in another mid-sized city with an extensive bike trail network leading to the heart of downtown and spreading out to surrounding suburbs and county areas. It was AMAZING. The paths allowed for people to bike, walk or scoot all over the city and surrounding populous areas. This reduced road congestion, cut commute times and pollution and encouraged a "side industry" of bike shops, scooter ...more »
I have always liked the Huntsville Depot and the rail services available in other cities. I wish we had the same here for local passenger transportation. Streetcars, trolleys, light rail, subways, whatever the name, they are a delight to me when traveling in cities that have those services available. I love the greenway bike and walking trails too, and I have seen both combined along the same right-of-way in cities like ...more »
What is your best idea to recapture and revitalize Huntsville's 2.25 miles of riverfront?
Monte Sano is an excellent climb for cyclists, and having a bike lane would make it even better! The blind curves and drainage ditch causes traffic to build up and nervous riders. The current traffic lanes are wide, so narrowing each one by 2' would allow a 4' bike lane for cyclists to climb the beautiful roadway and keep traffic flowing!
When we want to improve automobile traffic, we design a better roadway system. When we want to accommodate pedestrians, we install a pedestrian-friendly sidewalk system. So if we REALLY want to be a bike friendly community, we should plan and implement a network of connecting bike trails. Bikes do not belong on the roadways that are meant for automobile traffic with speeds upward of 30 mph. This is not a problem on ...more »
I live 1/2 mile from the Aldridge Creek Greenway and love it. The walking and bike path is a fantastic resource for exercise and transportation. My only lament is the lack of destinations available and connections. Extending the creek trail all the way to the Target shopping center should be a quick solution to the connections problem.
The Downtown Square has so much potential. Remove the auto traffic (except one lane on the east side) and create a walking space and plaza areas from the newly claimed area. Let's face it, there's not much parking at the square, so removing the circular traffic will not impact 90% of the drivers, because 90% of us park on the periphery blocks. This move will encourage bikeability and walking. And it's a proven ...more »