If we get to the point of a complete "no" to any additional facilities further than what CTRMA presented at the open house, I would like to seriously and positively suggest that we ask for a simple crushed granite path like what we have at Town Lake and Mueller. I believe this would remove some of the reasons they cite for not building a paved multi-use path.
I am not aware of the exact cost difference between the two surfaces, but I think it would reduce the cost a lot. The issue of residential private property could be addressed by shifting the trail route onto a quiet residential street, such as Westfield dr, for necessary portions. A small wood pedestrian bridge over the creek near Foster lane would allow a trail in that area, completely removing the cyclist from high volume auto traffic intersections.
It may not be the perfect, wide, paved, continuous path we want, but it still would be a great value and still be efficient, safe, and pleasant enough for a bicycle transportation route. I think it's a lot better than nothing, and would improve chances of one day making it right.
These 'dirt' paths are quite popular where they have been put in, and the Mopac area we are dealing with really lacks such amenities.
From: Tom Wald <tomw...@gmail.com>
Cc: Austin Bicycle Advisory Council <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 1:51 PM
Subject: Re: [AustinBAC] about my feedback to CTRMA regarding Mopac changes
Thank you for submitting feedback to CTRMA regarding a complete,
contiguous, shared use path as part of the MoPac Improvement Project.
It is important to keep a persistent voice for such facilities.
Despite Steve Pustelnyk's statement, there is still some movement on
this, though it does seem to be getting near the end. I hope to see
some positive movement within the next few weeks. I am working with
elected officials and staff this week to see what further we can
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