3 thoughts on “Historic 2017 Bond to Reshape San Antonio

  1. Wow – looks like the Committee split hairs for weeks over about $19m in proposed street and sidewalk work — or less than half of what has been suggested for three miles of Broadway pedestrian improvement work. Talk about fighting for crumbs.

    In the squabble, it looks like about $8-$10m in Jefferson/Woodlawn Lake area (D7) sidewalk work has been cut — including to fund plans to build missing sidewalk segments and ADA sidewalk ramps on north-south streets linking Woodlawn Lake Park (the City’s 4th of July park), SAISD schools (an elementary school and the young woman’s academy; both also serve as voting precincts) and VIA’s busiest bus stops on Mary Louise at Fredericksburg Road with VIA stops on Donaldson as well as Woodlawn.

    I guess school kids, park goers, HEB shoppers, VIA riders, neighborhood voters and Senior Center clients on Mary Louise will continue to have to walk or roll in the streets for at least the next five years to travel north or south (on streets like Vollum and San Antonio) as well as to avoid sidewalks without ADA ramps or the minimum required passing width throughout District 7.

    I’m not sure what is driving Bond recommendations, but it does not appear to be the pedestrian safety and amenity concerns that Amanda Merck writes about for the RR this week or the suggestions of the 2012 Pedestrian Safety Action Plan – or the mandate for the City to transition to ADA pedestrian accessibility within a reasonable time frame.

    Hopefully, Mayor Taylor and Council can address some of these pedestrian safety and amenity concerns and ADA access liabilities (at the bedrock of San Antonio’s transportation woes) before the Bond is placed before voters in May.

    See:
    San Antonio is More Dangerous for Pedestrians (Merck, 10 Jan 2017 – RR): https://therivardreport.com/san-antonio-is-more-dangerous-for-pedestrians/

    COSA’s ADA Pedestrian Transition Plan (last updated in 2011?):
    http://www.sanantonio.gov/DAO/About/ADAPedestrianTransitionPlan

    Alamo Area MPO Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (2012):
    http://www.alamoareampo.org/Bike-Ped/

  2. I am interested to hear how pedestrian and cyclist mobility and safety will be factored into Streets, Bridges, and Sidewalks projects. No more “Share The Road” signs or unprotected bike lanes and sidewalks alongside 7-lane thoroughfares with speeding cars exceeding 45 mph. Our streets can’t and won’t accommodate the 1 million new residents in the next 13 years. Our city leaders need to think more about alternative transportation options. Pedestrian and cyclist networks are key to solving the traffic nightmare, improving air quality, and reducing chronic diseases associated with physical inactivity. Lighting existing sidewalks and trails should be part of the annual budget.

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