After selling the family car earlier this year because of financial reasons, 36-year-old Tim Rybicki of
In the summer, that means trekking across tree lawns, while being ever vigilant for holes and puddles of mud. But on days like Monday when the temperature outside is freezing and the city is blanketed in several inches of snow, walking to the store becomes an adventure.
“Walking down a side street (like
Walking outside in the middle of a snow storm through ankle-deep snowdrifts is hard enough without having to dodge cars because you must walk in the street.
But when you live in a community where only 50 percent of the city’s neighborhoods have sidewalks, walking in the street can sometimes, your only option. That’s why the city’s streets, sidewalk and bridge committee recommended Monday that Council hires a consultant to create a city sidewalk plan.
Mayor Dave Gillock said the issue of whether the city has enough sidewalks comes up every few years, but this is the first time Council has sought a consultant to create a sidewalk plan.
“The city is definitely not as walker friendly as it should be,” he said. “We see people walking down
The goal is to examine if the city has ample sidewalks for kids walking to school, as well as walking trails connecting neighborhoods to parks.
Walking is not looked at as the best mode of transportation for many
“Students have a system for finding a way to get to school by any means necessary,” district spokeswoman Tissy Simon said.
Students in grades two through eight are only bused if they live more than a mile away from school. All pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first-grade students are bused regardless of where they live.
Yet, that does not mean students leaving
“Ultimately, you want sidewalks everywhere that you can throughout the city,” Gillock said. “You want to get people out in the community, and they won’t do that without sidewalks.”
Gillock would like sidewalks in all residential and commercial areas of the city. He would also like to see more walking trails such as the one that connects the
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