Seconding the motion for bike-friendly town
Thank you so much for writing, Mary Bowling, about bicycle and pedestrian safety in Glenwood Springs. You articulated my sentiments exactly. I also feel we are putting our lives at risk when my kids and I get out of the car.
I commend the city for addressing the issue with TRY (Transportation, Responsibility, and You). Let’s use that forum to make sure that the following corrections are made:
1. Paint bike lanes throughout Glenwood with multiple signs informing motorists: “Yield to Bikes” or “Bike Lane.”
2. Make the routes and rules for bikes/peds clear. Just as cars are always informed of where the road routes are, cyclists need to be directed. A path should never just end as it does on the south end of the Grand Ave Bridge. When a cyclist is expected to go on the sidewalk, the route should be painted. If dismounting is required, a sign should say so.
3. Create sidewalks. Many of our old neighborhoods were built without sidewalks back when it was safe to do so. It’s not safe anymore. The streets are more crowded with moving traffic and with parked cars and trucks. Look at Pine Street in north Glenwood. With Cavern vans, Hotel Colorado guests, and commuters beating traffic lights, you will see “an accident waiting to happen.”
4. Make new development create the routes. Before ANY new development is approved, the biking/ped route to other parts of town needs to be established. Recently the Caverns development was approved with some concern about limited parking. Comments quoted in PI indicated hopes that people would bike and walk. Creating a bike-friendly town does not happen by making it difficult to drive. It happens when there are safe, clearly indicated routes for us to enjoy.
Let’s get to work making Glenwood safe for pedestrians and cyclists.
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