Please endorse the Town of Chapel Hill Fordham Blvd sidepath project

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Bicycle Alliance of Chapel Hill started this petition to Chapel Hill Town Council

Background:

A neighborhood is trying to block a proposed sidepath along Fordham Boulevard for walkers, bicyclists, and runners

The sidepath would provide a path separated from traffic for walkers, bicyclists and runners, similar to the sidepaths by Meadowmont and  The Friday Center along N.C. 54, improving safety and connectivity in accordance with the Town’s formal Mobility and Connectivity Plan.

The town would receive about $800,000 in Federal funds towards a million dollar budget to complete the project. 

The opposition puts this funding in jeopardy.  Cancelling this project could eliminate not only the new sidepath section, but also the direly-needed reconstruction of a very bumpy AND CRACKED section of existing sidepath Along Fordham to the South.

The neighborhood proposes a detour that uses the existing street network using “shared streets” for cyclists , walkers and runners, instead of a direct route north along Fordham. 

In opposing the sidepath, the neighbors cite a removal of a vegetative buffer between their homes and Forhdam, and also cite unproven safety concerns  that have actually been contradicted  by a Chapel  Hill Police traffic study. 

The town has proposed an alternative buffer to minimize noise concerns and logic dictates the danger of bicycles and pedestrians sharing neighborhood streets outweighs concerns about safety along the separated path .

In October of 2017, the town council adopted the  Mobility and Connectivity Plan, in the best interest of all residents of Chapel Hill, as well as visitors to our Town.

If the town deviates from its plan in this case, other parts of the Mobility Plan will be vulnerable to change based on this single case.

The vision of a complete and consistent network for walker and bicyclists throughout chapel hill depends on sticking to a comprehensive plan .

If you support the proposed side path please endorse 

Further reading:

http://bikechapelhill.com/sidepath

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