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December 20, 2012
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LETTER: Make us more 'livable'

Grand Valley Bikes, a local nonprofit bicycle advocacy organization, applauds the City of Grand Junction of setting their goal to be "The Most Livable Community West of the Rockies" by 2025.We appreciate the bike lanes, sidewalks, wider shoulders, and trails that have been added as new projects have been built. The continuation of the Riverfront Trail has been an outstanding example of adding to the livability of the Grand Valley. We encourage the City Council to continue adding multi-modal facilities to create safer pedestrian and biking in Grand Junction.There is now an opportunity to improve and clean up some of the problem areas that have developed in past years, specifically pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure around D51 schools, community parks and connectivity to those areas. The City of Grand Junction is asking voters for permission to retain tax revenues to continue to fund projects that benefit the community and the economy. The full story can be found at www.gjcity.org, under the "TABOR Comments & Questions" tab.A livable community allows everyone to move around safely, especially those that aren't driving, including elderly populations and school-age children. We want to welcome a burgeoning retirement community, who may target the Grand Valley as home, as well as young professionals looking for a great place to move to and raise children. A walkable, bikeable, livable community benefits all ages of people and improves the economy, health and of our community.Please take the two-question online survey at www.gjcity.org (click the "TABOR Comments & Questions" tab). Perhaps suggest the City take this opportunity to make our Grand Valley "The Most Livable Community West of the Rockies by 2025" by devoting upcoming funds for multi-modal transportation infrastructure in areas where problems currently exist.Grand Valley Bikes, Board of Directorswww.grandvalleybikes.org


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