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I've been to several big picture events, and the popular item of discussion is the expanded roads plan, taking Huntsville thru the years of 2040. Although these are basically sound plans, they are almost exclusively increased car dominate solutions. In other cities, like seattle, their 2040 plan includes a reduction in automobile traffic. I can't help but wonder if Huntsville shouldn't be hedging their bets about ...more »
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.
As Huntsville increases cycle friendly infrastructure, our civic leaders and planners should take a sanctioned trip to western europe. Many other cities are taking advantage of this and benefiting from the best of the best.
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.
There are many examples of city wide street closures for biking walking and exercise. Look at the joy on these peoples faces as the ride, walk and play in their city streets. Consider closing lanes on Whitesburg all the way to Weatherly Road, then close two lanes of Weatherly, to Todd Mill, and connect up to the Aldridge Greenway. Thus we'd have a route from downtown to Ditto Landing. Just think how much fun ...more »
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 »
A municipal bike and walking path connecting the south-east neighborhoods to downtown would be used by thousands of Huntsvilleians. Restaurants, shopping, commuting, and parks would be accessible by bike and walking. Across the nation, many cities are adding pedestrian trails next to their railroad tracks. And Huntsville has a perfect track for such a trail. Lets get some of the Federal money set aside for ...more »
Lowe Mill on Friday nights is amazing. But parking is awful. The city should stripe some bike lanes and prioritize access to Lowe Mill by bike. Folks going to Lowe Mill are the type that will love bike priority too. Lowe Mill on is excellent city resource and might be a future centerpiece for the cities new Entertainment District.
I ride bikes on Aldridge Creek and Indian Creek Greenways a lot. I'm constantly frustrated by the walkers who insist on walking in the bike lane. These are nice people and I'm sure they are frustrated by the narrow space provided by the walkers. Here's my compromise. Move the white strip to the center of the paved lane. Walk and Ride on the right. Pass on the left. Bikes should yield to pedestrians. When ...more »
Create Bike lanes (Netherlands style) that connect Downtown to Ditto Landing, and Downtown to Madison. Allow a bike riding family the pleasure of riding the entire city by bike using protected bike lanes. Extend the existing linear parks. Put a Rail-Trail in next to Memorial Park Highway. Do more for Huntsville families that ride bikes.
Aldridge Creek Greenway expansion northward should continue to be a priority. Linking the southern neighborhoods to the Target shopping area will be loved by all riders in SE Huntsville.