Toward that end, the city hosted a workshop/public information meeting at City Hall Wednesday night.
The event was billed as a means of development for the plan, namely through providing recommendations. Officials anticipate a “safe, connected and efficient” transportation system designed to enable connectivity within city boundaries and to a larger regional network being the end result.
“The idea is to talk to each other,” said Jamie Krzeminski, senior transportation engineer for HDR Inc., the Omaha, Neb.-based consulting firm tasked with managing this phase of the proposed project.
Attendees at Tuesday’s meeting were given the opportunity to contribute design ideas and discuss current challenges and potential pitfalls. Beforehand, they were presented with varying design elements and models that met with success in cities across the country — shared lane markings (or “sharrows”) implemented in downtown Long Beach, Calif., and a widened sidewalk concept employed in Washington state, among them.
Midblock crossings at Roswell Road and Long Island are yet another idea floated by Krzeminski and company.
Officials are encouraging residents to engage in the next step of the preliminary analysis process — an online survey, available through the city’s website.
“We’re going to be asking for more feedback on the walking and bicycling habits of the community, where we think we should be adding facilities, how should we spend the city’s money,” Krzeminski said.
Another public meeting is set for early to mid-January.
“Other than the survey, that’ll be the next time we’ll be calling on you all to provide us another feedback loop on how we’ve taken your input and some of the analysis and put it together and start to shape what the plan is going to look like,” Krzeminski told the crowd on hand Tuesday. “That’s still not going to be final recommendations, but it’s going to be some ideas on how we think this may come together.”
A final public meeting on the bicycle, pedestrian and trail plan has tentatively been set for February.