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Opinion: Where are the bike lanes on US 129?
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A survey about the Park Hill corridor found respondents want better pedestrian access, streetscaping, more park space and the repurposing of existing properties in the area. (Rendering courtesy City of Gainesville)

Today I read with great interest in The Times of the presentation made on the Park Hill Corridor. 

It was very disappointing to see that no accommodation was made for bicycles.  I regularly ride this area to the Atlanta Botanical Garden in Gainesville along U.S. 129 but avoid that death trap section Civic Center to Enota by pedaling through Longstreet Hills.  

This is a perfect route to incorporate a bicycle lane as a continuation of the Green Street renewal.  A family could safely pedal out to the gardens and with a little organization could connect the other way with the Highlands to Islands trail.  Plus, not only would the apartment complex along 129 benefit from a complete sidewalk into town, but also another form of transport to use.  

We need to build into Gainesville’s infrastructure healthy, inexpensive ways to take exercise as well as travel for everyone.  We want Gainesville to be forward looking and showing vision. 


Tricia Terrell 

Gainesville 

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