[Vision2020] Moscow's terrible sidewalks

Craine Kit kcraine at verizon.net
Wed Sep 6 15:50:18 PDT 2006

The Transportation Commission has been working on this issue. We had  
a subcommittee that developed recommendations for the Council for  
both installing and maintaining a citywide network of sidewalks.

In terms of building new pathways, our first priority is making safe  
routes for kids walking to school (e.g. complete the sidewalk system  
on the East side of Mt. View between 6th & D). Then we would like to  
work having sidewalks on both sides of arterials and collector  
streets. After that, we would address the neighborhoods. Given the  
huge number of places that have no sidewalks and sidewalks in poor  
repair, this is a project that will take years.

As with most government projects, accomplishing the goals requires a  
political decision followed by planning and funding. I suggest anyone  
who knows places where sidewalks need to be build or repaired send a  
description (such as the one from Penny P.) to the Mayor AND members  
of the City Council, along with a request that sidewalks be put at  
the top of the City's priority list.

Kit Craine

On Sep 6, 2006, at 2:44 PM, J Ford wrote:

> Because the CD and the City Council did not have in place a plan for
> developers or homebuilders to put in sidewalks until recently, the  
> older
> parts of town don't have them as well developed as the newer parts  
> of town.
> You can ask the CD to contact owners and see if they are willing to  
> put
> sidewalks in, but unless the City sees it as a worthwhile thing,  
> chances are
> they are not going to follow-up on it.
> Kit, you got any suggestions on this?
> J  :]
>> From: Pennsylvania Place <penn_place_boise at yahoo.com>
>> To: vision2020 at moscow.com
>> Subject: [Vision2020] Moscow's terrible sidewalks
>> Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2006 14:24:24 -0700 (PDT)
>> Hey All:
>>   I've seen on the list and the DN many complaints about the lack of
>> sidewalks on Mountain View. How about the older parts of town? Who  
>> do we
>> complain to?
>>   I walk all over town, sometimes pushing a stroller. I have  
>> noticed many
>> high traffic streets near the downtown core with NO sidewalks on  
>> side. How can we do something about this? Shouldn't it be in the  
>> street
>> budget?
>>   Example 1: On West A Street, which is dang-near an arterial  
>> these days,
>> there is NO sidewalk on EITHER side of the street between Jackson and
>> Almon. On the north side you have the gravel lot belonging to St.  
>> John
>> Hardware, on the South side you have a gravel lot belonging to  
>> that Heating
>> & Air place in the former electric railroad depot.
>>   Anyone trying to walk down A street pushing a stroller (or god  
>> forbid a
>> wheelchair!) would find it impossible.
>>   Example 2: Where Lilly crosses 3rd street, there is a crosswalk  
>> on the
>> west side of the intersection - which doesn't lead to a sidewalk!  
>> It leads
>> right into Ambassador Auto's parking lot! Now, Ambassador Auto has  
>> been
>> kind and pulled back their autos so there is now space to walk,  
>> but back in
>> July and August you could not walk down Lilly without walking out  
>> in the
>> middle of the street.
>>   Pedestrian Friendly Town, my ass!
>>   Penny P.
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