Meeting will explore ideas about BroadwayHow can Alexandria make its streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists? How can it encourage people to walk and bike?
How can Alexandria make its streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists?
How can it encourage people to walk and bike?
The two questions go hand-in-hand and residents are being asked to share their ideas at a meeting on Monday.
Active Living Douglas County and its partners, including West Central Wellness, will host the “Complete Streets” meeting on August 9 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Douglas County Public Works.
It’s the second of three community meetings to explore the concept of Complete Streets as it pertains to Broadway in downtown Alexandria. At this meeting, a series of concept drawings will be explored and discussed.
In early June, Active Living Douglas County launched an initiative, “Envisioning a Redesigned Broadway,” to expand the way residents think about their streets.
Currently, many Minnesotans do not feel safe walking or biking in their neighborhoods or letting their kids walk to school, noted Active Living leaders.
Too often, Minnesota roads have been built primarily for driving as quickly as possible, and the needs of children, seniors, and others are not seriously considered, the leaders said.
This can result in roads that aren’t safe for pedestrians, people with disabilities, bicyclists, transit riders, and drivers themselves.
In the last decade alone, more than 500 pedestrians and bicyclists were killed, and another 20,000 injured on Minnesota’s roads.
The Minnesota Legislature enacted the Complete Streets measure this year. The law, signed by Governor Tim Pawlenty, took effect on August 1.
Complete Streets requires that Minnesota’s roads and highways are planned and designed to be safe and accessible for drivers, pedestrians, transit riders, and bicyclists–all users, regardless of age or ability.
Any individual with an interest in Compete Streets and its context in Alexandria is invited to attend Monday’s meeting.
A complimentary lunch will be served. Reservations are required to attend. Contact Karin Tank, assistant city planner, to reserve a place at the meeting by calling (320) 763-6678 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Active Living Douglas County is a coalition working toward a safe and healthy community by creating environmental changes to support walking and bicycling. For more information visit www.activelivingdc.com.