On April 1, County Council was presented the report from the 19-member Roads Advisory Commission at a Council Committee of the Whole meeting that was attended by many Bike Walk Greenville supporters.
The Commission presented four project lists:
- Road Improvements
- Bridge Projects
- Pedestrian Amenities
There are projects that improve safety and access for active transportation in all four lists, as many of the road projects also include bike lanes and sidewalks. There is the Hampton Avenue pedestrian bridge replacement on the bridge list and cyclists will clearly benefit from the repaving projects as we feel those bumps far sooner than motorists. There are trails and bike lanes as well as sidewalks in the Pedestrian list.
The pedestrian amenities include 101 separate projects at a total estimated cost of $48,223,630 which is not an insignificant amount of investment!
The full list of bike-walk projects is available to view or download (PDF).
Bike Walk Greenville will be partnering with many other community organizations to lobby for Council to pass a resolution allowing for a one cent sales tax be voted on in the November 2014 election.
UPDATE: The first Council meeting where a vote on the referendum is reportedly planned will be Tuesday, May 6 and a public hearing is anticipated on Tuesday May 20, with a final third reading two weeks later. Advocate attendance at these meetings will be very important, so please look for updates as the calendar develops.
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