Sunday, December 16, 2012

Multi-Use Trail Research - 2011 with 2012 Updates

Why reinvent the wheel? In February 2011, I provided the following material which was posted on Heneghan's Dunwoody Blog. It received plenty of comments & feedback of all sorts. I just wanted to re-post it here for a refresher and reminder. The same facts and thoughts hold true today.

I detailed an actual trail in Walnut Creek, CA -- The Iron Horse Trail. When completed, the trial will span 40 miles connecting two counties and nine communities. Interestingly, the demographics of Walnut Creek & Dunwoody are VERY similar. Yet depending on who you speak with in our town, the support or opposition of Multi-Use trails is very DIS-similar.

About Walnut Creek:

  • Median Household Income: $81,297
  • Median age 45 years
  • 56% Bachelor's degree or higher
  • 83.89% White, 9.36% Asian, 3.25%  multiracial, 1.96% from other races 1.07% African American, 0.33% Native American and 0.15% Pacific Islander

About Dunwoody:

  • Median Household Income: $82,838
  • Median age 38 years
  • 65% Bachelor's degree or higher
  • 85.02% White, 7.78% Asian, 4.43% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.34% from other races, and 1.30% from two or more races

Below is a photo I took while visiting a friend. The trail runs along the backyard of her house & her teenage daughters use it to walk into their town -- about 10 to 15 minutes.

“I'm sending several photos taken over the years on our Iron Horse Trail, including ones of kids. Not only is this trail safe, it also runs through one of the most exclusive and expensive residential neighborhoods in California, Alamo. Good luck with your trail campaign. I LOVE our trail.”
 --- retired senior executive of Fortune 50 company

Here's our friends who are retired out for a power walk on a weekend morning with their neighbors & their children:

Notice how "cramped" the trail width is. See the gentleman on the left walking in the dirt. This trail is LESS than 12 feet wide. It's closer to 8 feet. Why is he walking over in the dirt? Because the trail is two-way and there's oncoming joggers, rollerbladers, baby strollers, bicycles, etc...A wider trail will KEEP people on the trail, preventing erosion. 

Here's some nearby examples:

Increased Property Resale / Amenity
Google “house for sale silver comet trail” & see how many property owners state and value having this amenity nearby
Neighborhoods voluntarily create and advertise additional side access trails to the Silver Comet
Links south to Roswell to the Chattahoochee River and north into Forsyth county, eventually to Lake Lanier.
—   Morgan Falls/Power Easement multi-use trail (Project # BP103)
“Construct a multi-use trail within power line easement from existing trail system in Cobb County, crossing Chattahoochee River with new bicycle and pedestrian bridge, through Morgan Falls Park, east to Colquitt Road, north to Pitts Road - Project to link to other on road bike facilities, including City of Dunwoody.”
Provides the Ability to:
Cross the Chattahoochee into East Cobb / Columns Drive / Bob Callam Trail / Silver Comet Connector – to Silver Comet Trail to Anniston, Alabama
Go north to Roswell and connect into their trail system (towards Lake Lanier)

And SINCE my 2011 posting, here's a BRAND-NEW Trail that's going to be built along GA-400 from the Lindberg MARTA Station area north up to the toll booths. It will connect southward to the Atlanta Beltline.  

All that's needed is for the City of Sandy Springs  to continue building it northward. Dunwoody could build a spur trail to access it.... Just think about that!

Oh yeah, before I forget, checkout Dunwoody's Brook Run Trail information.

We know that life is dynamic Make a plan one year, things change & then the plans can be flexible and adapt, too. Instead of making a closed loop trail inside Brook Run Park, the city is going to build connecting points over to the Project Renaissance (Old PVC Farm).
The city is contractually obliged with John Weiland to build the trails within the project. Then we can create a link to the Brook Run Trails. Also there are future plans to have a Multi-Use trail headed out to the Water Works on Peeler. Then westward over to the Perimeter Center East Park. Nice, eh??
Anyway, for my original 2011 posting, please click HERE  & to read the comments.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Whiteboarding 101 for Dunwoody City Council Meetings

White Boarding 101 
How to dynamically respond & interact from the Audience during Dunwoody City Council Meetings

With a special bonus – 
Posting signs on doors as you exit!!

Supplies: 2 white boards, eraser, colored dry erase markers
Position: Front Row
Do: Write on one board in advance, have other for spontaneous remarks

 Be sure to have really smelly, toxic markers to make your neighbors sick

Step One: Start Writing
Step Two: Display Sign Prominently

... All together now  !!

...but wait, there's more:

Finished talking?? Don’t forget to walk out the door after you've said something ...Because you don’t care to know what else is going on in our city.

Bonus -- Posting signs on doors as you exit!!
I'm outta here, baby!! DWTS is on at 8...

Finally, for your enjoyment, you can watch the full "show" recorded live right here.


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Bike Lanes Not Four Lanes

Dunwoody Protesters in 1979 upset about Ashford Dunwoody going to Four Lanes
As they say, a picture speaks a thousand words. Or does it? The photo above is from 1979 as Dunwoody residents were protesting plans to widen Ashford Dunwoody Road from two lanes to four. My question is, who are these futuristic, forward-minded progressive people that wanted Bike Lanes in Dunwoody? What happened to their cause during the 1980's and 90's as Dunwoody saw exponential growth? Did they fight tooth & nail with DeKalb County and the developers to have Bike Lanes -- and perhaps even Greenways, Trails or Sidepaths -- incorporated in the development plans? Did they value the ability to have a choice in local transportation, to run an errand, go shopping, checkout a book or do some research at the library (this was before the Internet, after all), or send their kids to school on a bike? What happened with their cause? Where are they today, and where are their signs, Letters to the Editor and Public Comments at City Council Meetings supporting Bike Lanes today?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Photo Reference:


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Inaugural Dunwoody Sunday Cycle - 9/2

Dunwoody Sunday Cycle

Join our community bike ride for ALL ages and abilities!

Inaugural Ride: Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

When:    First Sunday of each month - year round
2:30 PM in front of Bruster's, Dunwoody Village Parking Lot Ride Departs promptly at 3 PM; finishes at 4 PM
Route:   4.5 miles total - Please mark your calendar for a recurring monthly family-friendly event: 

Announcing the inaugural Monthly Community Bike Ride in Dunwoody (aka “Dunwoody Sunday Cycle”) on Sunday, September 2nd -- for all ages & abilities - the 1st Sunday of each month. 4.5 miles. Meet at 2:30 pm in the parking lot outside of Bruster's in Dunwoody Village. We'll go thru safety checks and ride orientation. Promptly depart at 3 pm. We travel as a group for the entire route. Riders 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Participating cyclists must wear a helmet.

Note: We will not ride in inclement weather or hazardous road conditions. Ride Year-round.

Bruster's will be offering a discount after the ride

For more information, please go to Bike Walk Dunwoody on FaceBook

FaceBook Event here