Boone Holds Survey for Potential Changes to New Market Boulevard: Lower Speed Limit, No Center Lane and More

Published Monday, June 17, 2013 at 10:57 am

By Jesse Wood

June 17, 2013. The Boone Transportation Committee requests the public to fill out a survey regarding the “possible re-design” of New Market Boulevard, which would include bike lanes, sidewalks and crosswalks to accommodate safe travel for multi-modal transportation.

This survey, which began today, correlates to the “Complete Streets” resolution that the Boone Town Council adopted in February 2012, whereby many modes of transportation are considered with the construction or restoration of a street.

Along with multi-modal travel, the Complete Streets concept takes into account the safe and ease of travel along community streets for people of all ages and abilities, according to the survey.

Several months ago, Public Works Director Blake Brown told the Boone Town Council that his department planned to “pull the school zone down to a lower area closer to the intersection with Hwy 194, lower the speed limit, and take the three-lane areas down to two lanes, increasing the road size to include a bicycle lane,” according to meeting minutes.

Among other questions, the survey asks for opinions on bike lanes, the elimination of the center lane and the lowering of the speed limit to 25 mph.

Click here to view the survey.

Here is the resolution that was adopted last year:

Resolution Setting Forth the Boone Town Council’s Support of Complete Streets

WHEREAS, the term “Complete Streets” describes a comprehensive, integrated transportation network with infrastructure and design that allows safe and convenient travel along and across streets for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motor vehicle drivers, public transportation riders and drivers, and people of all ages and abilities, including children, youth, families, older adults, and individuals with disabilities; and

WHEREAS, Complete Streets reduce congestion by providing safe travel choices that encourage non-motorized transportation options, increasing the overall capacity of the transportation network as well as decreasing consumer transportation costs; and

WHEREAS, Complete Streets will support economic growth and community stability by providing accessible and efficient connections between home, school, work, recreation and retail destinations by improving the pedestrian and vehicular environments throughout communities; and

WHEREAS, Complete Streets will support public health efforts by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing opportunities for physical activity in the community; and

WHEREAS, the Boone Town Council wishes to build upon the existing NCDOT Complete Streets Policy, the Appalachian District Health Department Complete Streets Resolution and the Watauga County Parks and Recreation Commission Complete Streets Resolution that recognize the importance of addressing the transportation needs of pedestrians, bicyclists, and public transportation riders;

NOW, THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED that the Boone Town Council hereby recognizes the importance of creating Complete Streets that enable safe travel by all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, public transportation riders and drivers, and people of all ages and abilities, including children, youth, families, older adults, and individuals with disabilities.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the representatives from the Transportation Committee will work with the representatives from the Appalachian District Health Department and the Watauga County Parks and Recreation Commission to develop a Complete Streets policy to bring before the Boone Town Council.

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