Sidewalks for Kids and the Elderly? Sorry They're Not Tourists! (Glen Rose)

CPAC Decisions about Hwy 67 Sidewalks

Sidewalks for Kids and the Elderly? Sorry They're Not Tourists! (Glen Rose)

7 March 2010 at 1:19:46 PM

We have long wondered why there are no sidewalks on Hwy 67 (and usable, in good condition sidewalks downtown Glen Rose, for that matter). In my book, children would be able to easily and safely walk or ride bicycles from the schools to the downtown areas or on hwy 67 without either being in the road or walking across properties. How many times have YOU seen kids walking along the side of Hwy 67 and thought it was unsafe? And I mention the elderly here, too, although this applies to everyone living here. Would you get out and walk more places if you had a more friendly, safe way to do it? I'm willing to bet you would. I also believe that would encourage more tourism and *heads in beds* if people were able to get around to all the places in the area on their own head of steam and not necessarily be driving to one place at a time.

I meant to clip this the other day but only now got the chance. At the Planning and Zoning Meeting this last week, which really should have been cancelled since there was no notice posted on the door (NOT the fault of the city people but the people holding the meeting)  Freese & Nichols were talking about the different access ways to get into businesses along Hwy 67 and the subject of sidewalks came up. F&N clearly do not think that there should be sidewalks all the way to Brookshire's but only to hotels (and the hotel mentioned was the Comfort Inn). So, in that vein, tourists or businesses trump the people who live here. That's not right, folks. Watch the clip and tell me if you think I'm wrong.

What concerns me is that for some reason the entity that will be making the next decisions about what kind of city Glen Rose will be is the P&Z committee. That is comprised chiefly of developers, which will have their own point of view, including costs to them, about how the city should be. AFTER the P&Z makes its recommendations, then there will be a public meeting for people to discuss. Again, seems to me that people who live in Glen Rose or Somervell County need to be speaking up NOW about what you want the city to be like, including downtown, on Hwy 144 and Hwy 67.

Personally, I want to see sidewalks that go all the way to Brookshires. I think the kids coming out of the schools should have a safe place to walk or ride a bicycle, and believe that it would also encourage tourists to go down to the stores on that end as well. (On both sides of the street, incidentally). I've been in cities before, on business, where I walked to various shops as long as it looked safe and was pedestrian friendly. Why in the world shouldn't Glen Rose be?

Video slightly clipped to take out the parts about business access on Hwy 67. If you want to hear the whole thing, whole clip, audio here.

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