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Support active transportation


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

With every step we take independently, added together, we make great strides. I sent this line to Mayor Connelly in regard to a conversation we have had about active transportation and sidewalks in particular. These great strides are occurring now as our mayor and City Council along with the citizens continue to make Greenville and Pitt County a thriving and active community.

Over the years Greenville has had issues with sidewalks and bicycle lanes and the disregard for active transportation. America is moving away from a car-centric society and is looking at transportation as a multifaceted infrastructure incorporating all forms and functions of movement.

There have been and will be disagreements as to how to accomplish our common vision of the future. We have seen and everyone one of us been involved in a sort of push and shove regarding how best to stretch limited funds yet keep our vision clear. There will be impacts along the way that are not popular, but, as our mayor puts it, we are building a city for the future.

And this is why I fully support the direction Mayor Connelly and our council are headed to create an active city with infrastructure to support this vision. Some of the lengths of sidewalks in discussion lay outside of our city limits, but are inside the extraterritorial jurisdiction. We know this property will one day be absorbed into our city.

The N.C. Department of Transportation has developed plans to sidewalk and bike lane several projects. Rather than cherry picking where to place the sidewalks, our mayor believes we should go ahead and invest in them now, rather than retro-fit later. I agree.

These projects should be viewed as economic drivers, and the return on these investments will pay off immensely. We cannot let this opportunity go to waste.

Tony Parker



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