Transportation@100%: Innovation 8
Supporting Cities and Counties
The projects presented in the ten innovations areas are all designed to address barriers to vital services. Action teams should review all projects and prioritize those that have the best chance of addressing the barriers identified in the 100% New Mexico countywide survey. Your collaborative and result-focused local work is nothing less than heroic.
Project 1: The “getting the details right” project
Transport is about more than just vehicles on roads. Lots of kids walk or ride their bikes to a neighborhood school, and an important thing to evaluate is whether those physical routes are safe. Are there sidewalks? Are there bike lanes? Are certain area residents in the habit of turning normal residential streets into drag strips? The answers to these questions may end up on your to-do list. This is what the “Safe Routes to Schools” program, listed earlier, is all about. So let us expand on this concept.
Of course, as long as we’re making the world safe for kids who walk or ride bikes, it’s worth noting that lots of adults like those options for transportation and recreation alike. The more your city has sidewalks, bike lanes, multi-use trails, well-enforced speed limits and roads designed in such a way as to encourage slower speeds, the more likely you’ll be to see people getting around without a car all the time. Some cities, especially on the East Coast, are already pretty close to this. Often Western cities, particularly those developed after the popularization of the car, will need to retrofit these features into their current urban landscape and, as a requirement, make sure they come standard in new development.
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