To give some facts to this statement, 5500 cars per day travel this section along Main Street. To keep this in perspective, any roads that have less then 18,000 cars per day travel are candidates for 'Road Diets' (going from 4 lanes to 3 with bike lanes). So this section of Main Street doesn't have very high volumes of traffic whatsoever which allows for people to use excessive speeds during most parts of the day, minus the 15-20 minutes during morning and afternoon rush hour when drivers are forced to go the speed limit. Factual information shall set you free.
To ONLY IN ARKANSAS. Austin and Minneapolis weren't big bike towns 10 years ago. Denver was no where close to a big bike town even 5 years ago. Times are a changing. And we're talking about Ward 1 as well, the section of town that people choose to live in when they appreciate walking/biking.
Meanwhile, what's going on in the rest of the country......
This link is a good example to show how, if we all just discuss instead of argue, can come up with solutions for drivers, bikers, and walkers to all work in harmony...and all abide by the rules of their perspective road lane. Watch video in link for details.
This is a very well written article. I am ashamed to read some of the comments going Back and forth after reading this article. It's like a blame game against each other. I think it important to have a nice discussion about how to make the streets more safer for everyone. Please note that Diane was a real person, and she has a real family and friends who read these articles. Diane's death offers us an opportunity to sit back, relax, and reflect on how to make things safer for Little Rock. If this was any of your family members I imagine you wouldn't be quick to call out and generalize their behavior as reckless and selfish, especially this close after their death.
The truth is Little Rock, beyond the river trail, is extremely dangerous for bicycle transportation. I myself am a bicycle rider and car driver, both for transportation purposes. I choose to ride my bicycle for tlransportation more than I do my car, and that is not because I feel safe while doing it. Quite the contrary, I do it because by doing so I'm hoping more people will join me. We have an obesity epidemic in this state due to poor diets and sedentary lifestyles. We have fuel prices that are taking out large portions of hard working people's paychecks. We have an increase in deteriorating and costly road repairs. And we have long term environmental concerns. We can all sit back and relax and believe that those problems are going to take care of themselves, or we can all look internally and figure out what part do we play.
I therefore make a conscious choice to bike, and i would like to make it safer for me and others to do so.
I like the proposed chester street bridge. It would widen downtown and widen the access between the two cities. Currently, all the bridge connections are so close to eachother which seems excessive. It would help develop the western reach of downtown little rock which could use the help. Then we could turn broadway bridge into a pedestrian park which would help continue making downtown more attractive and livab.le. Can we please get that proposal back on the table pretty please
Build eastward, not westward. Plenty of land east of downtown for development. That helps create more of a circle city which, in turn, has proven worldwide to create a more thriving downtown atmosphere.
While the completion of the River Trail won't monitor the weather, it will allow for cleaner air as we develop downtown into a thriving, livable community over the next 10 years.
The completion of the River Trail won't fund social security, but it will promote a healthy, viable option for transportation which will reduce future health care costs.
The River Trail will also provide a sustainable option for transportation which is less taxing on society in the form of start-up costs, maintenance, and energy consumption. Lowering our energy consumption is a great way to lower our defense spending as well.
As many users of the River Trail (walkers, runners, and riders) will attest, it provides a recreational outlet which builds free, healthy activity for families. Plus allows for community building which is vital for the sharing of ideas and building a vibrant city.
Lastly, it's a proven fact that Businesses invest in Healthy Cities (and vice versa). Young entrepreneurs, like myself, are drawn to walkable/bikeable/livable Cities.
There are very few negatives to building a healthy city. Maybe some upfront costs, but its been proven by many other cities that they pay for themselves many times over in the long run.
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