By Kyle Moroney
July 18, 2013
A push to make streets in Traverse City more pedestrian and cyclist friendly is getting more attention following the crash earlier this month that killed 29-year-old Kelly Hurlbert.
Since last July, Traverse City planning officials have been working on the city’s master plan in order to accommodate increasing pedestrian traffic and public transit, according to Planning Director Russ Soyring.
“We really pride ourselves on being a walking and biking community,” Soyring said. “This tragic event brings a heightened awareness and an importance for having safe access points and giving people safe transportation options.”
A subcommittee of the Traverse City Planning Commission met Tuesday to discuss the results of a recent survey that asked area residents about the modes of transportation they use to get around town.
The non-scientific survey found that out of about 325 people, nearly 160 said they bike or walk daily for fun and leisure, while 140 people bike and walk weekly for that same reason.