Originally Published: December 21, 2017 5:54 a.m.
I was delighted to read your article “Prescott Joins the Ranks of Bicycle Friendly Communities” and learned that the city is making a commitment to create bike-friendly streets. The establishment of a City Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Traffic Committee is a great first step in this direction.
Prior to moving to Prescott five years ago, I lived in a bike-friendly town and could avoid using my car for weeks at a time. Riding a bike on bike trails and quiet residential streets provides a sense of freedom unlike the experience of driving a car on busy streets.
Since coming to Prescott, I have not ventured out onto the roads once, not feeling safe riding next to speeding cars. Having worked on projects in my previous town on Safe Routes to Schools, road safety assessments, and creating street designs that are safe for all users, I applaud the city for taking on this commitment.
This is a timely issue for Prescott in taking a pro-active and forward-thinking approach to the current and future traffic issues.
As the area’s population increases, creating alternative safe transportation choices for bikes and pedestrians will reduce the cars on the road!
I look forward to the day when I can use my bike for transportation in Prescott.