Walk and Bike Wilton, NY
Walk and Bike Wilton, NY
Why this petition matters
WALK AND BIKE WILTON PROJECT
The Covid 19 virus has taught us many things. It made us all stop, think, and see things in a new light. We, as a community, want to refocus our energies on what matters most. Recent events have forced us to not only stay home more but spend more time in our own community. We have been given the opportunity to slow down. Some of us are working from home and loving it and not going back to the antiquated lifestyle pre-pandemic.
Having gone through all of this, the talk became loud and clear in our community, “why can’t we walk our children safely to Gavin Park? Why can’t we walk our
children to their schools (Dorothy Nolan & Maple Avenue Middle School?” “Why can’t we walk safely to the Post Office, the bank, or CVS?” Where do the residents of the Town of Wilton get their sense of community? WHERE ARE THE CONNECTIONS TO THESE PLACES THAT OTHER TOWNS ENJOY? Wilton can and needs to do better.
Residents of Wilton are proposing to bring multi-use trails to Wilton as expressed in Wilton’s own OSRPP for Pathways inclusion in the Town.
Phase 1 – on Jones Road extending from the Saratoga Springs line to Jodi Lane and on Carr Road.
Phase 2 – On Northern Pines Road beginning at Lonesome Pines Trail extending to Carr Road
The primary focus first being safe neighborhood accessibility to Gavin Park,
Dorothy Nolan and Maple Avenue Middle School and secondly into the City of
Multi-use trails play a vital role in community life. As a way for pedestrian
movement and access, they enhance connectivity and promote walking. As public spaces they are the front steps to a community, activating both a connection socially and economically. It makes little sense that in this town they do not exist and have never been provided for from the start of development here.
We hear parents and experts in their fields say that children today need to get off of their electronics, get outside, engage with friends, and get exercise. Unfortunately, Jones Road, Route 9, and Northern Pines Road are all too
dangerous to walk or ride on with both the volume of traffic and high speeds.
In the United States in 2018 alone, 6,283 pedestrians were killed or 17 human
lives lost every day while “walking along the roadway”. Many of these tragic
deaths were preventable if safe access had been provided.
Everywhere towns across the USA are recognizing the importance of a
walkable community both for safety and better health both mentally and
physically. The US obesity rate is now 42.4% for the first time exceeding 40% and is evidence of the country’s obesity crisis. Statistics show that people who live in neighborhoods with sidewalks or trails are 47% more likely to be active at least 39 minutes/day.
We need to come together as a community in order to improve our lives. Multi-use trails/paths improve safety, inclusivity, communication, and an understanding of our neighbors. They give safe access to alternate transportation, increase property values, beautify the neighborhood, promote business, improve health, bring people together, and help to create a sense of community. It’s time
for a change in Wilton.
We ask you to please sign the petition Walk Wilton today for a better tomorrow. We owe it to our children and future generations.
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