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Decatur Diary | January 22, 2018

Keep On Rolling: Transportation Plan Update continues with February 1 meeting

Decatur’s update to its 2007 Community Transportation Plan continues Thursday, February 1, from 6:00-8:00pm at the Decatur Recreation Center. All are welcome.

The gathering will inform and build upon work-to-date — specifically, October’s kick-off meeting and the community input subsequently collected via our online survey and wikimap.

Join us for:

  • Summary of input to date including key issues that have emerged
  • Complete Streets overview presentation
  • Introduction of proposed street design types
  • Potential technology applications
  • Community feedback session and participation exercise

How did we get here?

Decatur has viewed transportation planning through a broad lens of mobility, recreation, connectivity, economic development, equity, and social interaction since our adoption of 2007’s Community Transportation Plan. Through it, we’ve embraced our streets not just as vehicle corridors but as public spaces to be shared and enjoyed by all.

Plugging into the terminology of transportation planning and the funding sources that make it possible, that’s meant a policy of Complete Streets, which seek safe accommodations for all users – pedestrians, the disabled, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders — through an integrated network connecting people of all ages and abilities with where they want to go and what they want to do. Not just within the City limits but to the greater metropolitan area.

Complete Streets acknowledge that our roadways constitute a fundamental part of our community’s character and everyday life — how we get around, where we meet other people, where we shop and circulate money locally, and how physically active we are.

Where to next?

Now ten years in on our 2007 Community Transportation Plan, with many projects complete or in progress, our present update affords us opportunity to assess our Complete Street efforts thus far. How have existing projects been performing in relation to our transportation, health, safety, livability, and economic goals, and what have we learned to inform our planning for the next ten years?

What can we do moving forward to further ensure an effective, safe and balanced network for all?

Please make plans to join us.

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