Transportation Happenings: Summer Construction & the Cherrylawn neighborhood
Having sidewalks, bike lanes, and good roads are important factors to allow viable transit for people of all ages and abilities. Unfortunately, when cities want to improve the infrastructure for motorized and non-motorized travel there are a lot of people who want to stick with the status quo. This is where you come in.
In order to add a bike line, a sidewalk, a crosswalk, or install a traffic light the city needs to hear from people who support such ventures at public meetings. What usually happens you ask? People opposing a project are the only ones who show up to these events. A lot of good stuff doesn’t get done because the only people who attend these public meetings are the naysayers.
If you have an opinion about the addition of sidewalks in the Cherrylawn neighborhood, you should go to the public meeting that is taking place tonight, Monday March 11 from 5:30 to 7pm at the Heatherdowns Branch Library.
Keep in mind sidewalks make transportation for all people, especially children and the elderly, safe and access accessible. Not to mention they make walking to the store, taking your kid for a bike ride, and going for a run much easier.
Think you shouldn’t go? Think again! Attending public meetings is a great way to help the city implement projects that will benefit you. All the time I hear people say “Why don’t they put a bike lane in on road X?” or “They really need a light at this intersection!” and “We need sidewalks so I can go for a run, walk my dog, or play with my kids outside.”
Believe it or not you do have a voice and it does count. Please go, let the city know that you want sidewalks in the Cherrylawn neighborhood!
Stay posted for other public meeting dates. A list and map of projects lined up for the summer of 2013:
Karen Gallagher is a UT graduate, completing a B.S. of Science in exercise science with a concentration of athletic training in 2004. Once she became certified as an athletic trainer, she worked as a corporate wellness manager in the automotive industry. As part of her job, she served as a mediator between the United Auto Workers and management to ensure the health and safety of factory workers. Through her work, she learned that people have a vested interest in health and wellness but find the barriers to living a healthful life insurmountable. Her interactions with the people she encountered inspired her to find ways to reduce environmental barriers to health. She returned to school and studied active living while taking classes towards a M.A. in recreation where she became interested in the links between environmental sustainability, public health, and land-use policy. This interest ultimately led her to the PhD program in spatially integrated social sciences at UT. Her research interests include active living, storm water management, and epidemiology. She is passionate about empowering community members to use scientific findings for advocacy which results in the betterment of their neighborhoods. When she completes her PhD she hopes to work at the federal level on policy issues pertaining to health and environmental sustainability.
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