Placing a bike trail behind homes violate the safety and security of these citizens, especially of neighborhood senior residents.

    Historically alleys in our community are places for crime. It is inappropriate to locate a bike trail immediately behind people’s homes. This bike trail will violates that safety.  This proposed 0.25 mile trail ends at Dixie Drive.  It will be rarely used; this is the perfect environment for criminal activity.   Dixie Drive area is also a known location for criminal activity.   This bike trail directly opens up our community to Dixie Drive and provides a ready path way to invite crime into our homes.


In 2005 Mayor Bill White agreed with the community not to place a bike trail behind homes.

     The community prefers the present bike path location on Ardmore, a residential street.   This crossing, designed by TxDot with pedestrian controls, makes this the preferred safe alternative to cross S. MacGregor Way.   Please do not change this to a location and crossing that violates our security and public safety.



Will adding lights along the proposed  bike pathway behind homes, and placing warning "pedestrian crossing" signs on the major throroughfare help?  

     Signs, even with flashing lights, on S. MacGregor Way will certainly help mitigate the community’s public safety and security issues.  But, systemically the proposed crossing at S. MacGregor will remain dangerous.  Locating lights along the bike path behind homes will not stop burglaries.  Most of these burglaries occur during the day anyway.

     The engineers for the City will say the proposed trail is desirable because it separates cyclists from automobiles.   These engineers reference adults on bicycles, not children, and not people with disabilities crossing this major thoroughfare.  Most cyclist use public streets regardless of this preference. The S. MacGregor Civic club has asked the City for environmental and public safety reports—but none have ever been provided.


Results of high speed, blind curve, and wet roads--common occurance here

Existing signals and safe crossing
Ardmore & S MacGregor Way

"Mayor, I still walk and ride my bike to and from work. I can testify that the bike crossing at North Macgregor is very dangerous especially at night. Even though my bike is equipped with high intensity lights and reflectors, the oncoming traffic can't see me approaching the crossing. I can only imagine the unseen dangers of a blind curve. At the end of the day, I would consider the South Macgregor crossing a death trap waiting to happen and I would never in my life use that crossing if it were built. I can never imagine children crossing here. There is no bright side to this. From a pedestrian or biker point of view, this extension makes no sense. If someone dies  . . .  the blood will be on your
hands, Mayor Parker. I can't believe that you are willing to risk your
political career on selfish pride."   Former President South MacGregor Civic Club


Thieves targeting bike riders on Columbia Tap Bike Trail. Police said teenage boys are jumping bike riders and stealing their bikes. Published On: Aug 08, 2013 06:09:35 PM CDT

http://www.click2houston.com/news/thieves-targeting-bike-riders-on-columbia-tap-bike-trail/-/1735978/21393656/-/ee72jm/-/index.html

'North Carolina's model is a superior more practical approach to planning bikeways.  Houston's approach is driven by politics and not common sense."

http://humantransport.org

Bicycle advocates express safety concerns for biking on Ardmore Street, but not Dixie Drive.  They Mayor is listening to bike clubs, but not safety concerns of the community.

This .25 mile bike trail dead ends here at Dixie Drive

Ardmore, existing residential street for bikes

Placing children at a known dangerous mid-street crosswalk is a disaster waiting to happen
        S. MacGregor Way, a several miles long one way major thoroughfare, is the sole exit from 288 for all automobile traffic, Medical Center ambulances, large trucks, and buses for the region. After speeding around a blind curve, cars come upon an elevated crest, the site of an old railroad bed and crossing gates. This bump often causes cars to lose control, especially when the pavement is wet. Cars often accelerate here to catch a Yellow caution light before it turns Red at the Ardmore intersection ahead.  Cars and buses making a left hand turn stack blocking the proposed crosswalk. Cars in the right lane stack behind stopped buses for exiting passengers. Vehicles traveling one way on S. MacGregor Way often face drivers, unfamiliar with intersection, traveling in the opposite direction.
        The proposed bike trail crossing is the site of a perfect storm, occurring many times each hour.  Adding bicycles to this mix is a disaster waiting to happen. It is inconceivable to expect children to cross this major thoroughfare safely here.   
        Neighborhood schools and churches agree that this location is a site of many accidents and the worst place for a crosswalk. Presently a safer cross walk exists, the TxDOT controlled cross walk, less than 150 feet away, at the corner of Ardmore St. and S. MacGregor Way. 
        Why is the City proposing to place children at risk by forcing them to cross in the middle of a block at this dangerous location?


Presently a bike lane on Ardmore Street intersects S. MacGregor Way.  Here TxDot  traffic controls already exist. 
     It includes ADA handicap sidewalk ramps and pedestrian control signal controls.  Why is the City proposing placing children at risk, forcing them to cross mid-street at this dangerous location?