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Name not shown inside City Boundary April 22, 2019, 10:56 PM

Your neighborhood is:
Milwood


What types of uses (retail, restaurant, services) must exist within your neighborhood for it to be considered complete?
Milwood has most services that make a neighborhood "complete".


Do the activities in the park matter? Is your neighborhood complete if there aren’t activities?
Yes. I would love to have an open area that is nearby that I can walk to where there are public events held that attract all ages. Minimizing drug use, crime, etc.


Can the sidewalk be on only one side, or must it be located on both sides of the street?
BOTH


If there is a trail system, but not a sidewalk, within the neighborhood, does it count toward the requirement?
No.


What is the maximum distance you should walk to the transit stop or bicycle lane/path?
Within a quarter mile.


Do the destinations of bike lanes and transit routes matter? Should they connect to specific destinations?
Yes. I would love to take the public transit to other areas of the city without having to be routed through downtown. Also, buses should run more frequently (ex. 15 minutes apart) at peak travel times. I rarely take the bus because I can generally drive, run the errand or whatnot, and be back home in less time than I would waiting for the bus, taking it to downtown, then another bus if my destination is outside downtown, and repeating that cycle on the way home.


Is there a maximum distance from each neighborhood that is acceptable to travel for large grocery store? 1 mile? 2 miles? What about smaller markets?
Smaller markets are a great idea, but the prices tend to be higher. I have calculated that it is more economical for me to drive to a store and purchase items than it is to walk to a smaller, more local store.


How is a food store defined - based on square footage, or providing items as fresh fruits and vegetables?
A food store should have your basic necessities produce, meat, dairy. Like Trader Joe's: basic necessities, with a limited amount of choices, for a fair price.


Is access to a farmers’ market the equivalent of a food store? How long do farmers’ markets need to be open to be considered as such, and how frequently?
Yes, I see it as an equivalent. Our current farmers' market provides adequate access.


If you could have a community garden in a nearby park, where would you put it? If you could have fruit trees in your park what type would you like?
I would love to see a community garden incorporated around Milwood Elementary School. Give the children, and community, access on how to grow and cultivate foods. Ideally, it would be planted with varieties of plants that grow well in Michigan, but are not likely to be found in your local grocery store because they do not ship and/or store well. I would LOVE to see NATIVE Michigan fruit trees: pawpaw, serviceberry/saskatoon, red mulberry, and elderberry.


How does indoor growing/aquaponics figure into the evaluation of neighborhood food access?
Not informed enough on the subject to make a comment.

Name not shown inside City Boundary April 19, 2019, 7:27 AM

Describe a bike route you currently take including the start and end locations as well as the streets or paths you travel on.
Only the Bicentennial Trail in Portage commencing at Lover's Lane and Kilgore Rd as a bike route/path. Most main city streets are too difficult to navigate either due to traffic, road condition, debris, or other hazards.


Assess the biking area of your route.



Do you use Strava or other route tracking software?
No

Steve Glista inside City Boundary March 27, 2019, 7:00 PM

Describe a bike route you currently take including the start and end locations as well as the streets or paths you travel on.
Parkview Hills -> Parkview Blvd -> Whites Road -> Bronson Blvd -> YMCA


Assess the biking area of your route.



Mark the location of any obstructions or quality issues with their approximate location in the bike area along your route.
Pin at 42.259751, -85.622039, Pin at 42.259815, -85.622597, Pin at 42.259719, -85.623627, Pin at 42.259815, -85.624014, Pin at 42.259815, -85.624829, Pin at 42.259783, -85.625902, Pin at 42.259815, -85.626503, Pin at 42.259751, -85.620838, Pin at 42.259719, -85.620194, Pin at 42.259783, -85.619035, Pin at 42.259783, -85.61792, Pin at 42.259819, -85.627103, Pin at 42.260391, -85.61064, Pin at 42.259955, -85.611627, Pin at 42.260463, -85.604288, Pin at 42.260399, -85.607335, Pin at 42.260653, -85.601542, Pin at 42.262178, -85.601284, Pin at 42.262813, -85.601155, Pin at 42.263575, -85.598709, Pin at 42.266815, -85.593688, Pin at 42.266688, -85.593688, Pin at 42.266434, -85.593731, Pin at 42.269701, -85.592618, Pin at 42.269193, -85.593261, Pin at 42.270654, -85.592489


Write any additional comments you may have including any concerns, clarifications, or improvements you would like to see.
it's great to have a bike path on Parkview - but when potholes force cars into the bike lane, or when there are huge potholes IN the bike lane, it's not safe to ride, and it's really scary with kids! Condition of the road on Parkview is TERRIBLE right now, in both directions.

Safety issues on Whites - can't bike on sidewalk, no real bike lane, cars regularly drive SUPER FAST (like 50MPH) and people turning into country club or businesses between CC and Oakland don't watch for bikes. Sidewalk could be widened to a protected bike lane but you'd have to take space from the golf course or the street. Would be much safer with 1 traffic lane in each direction and protected bike paths.


Do you use Strava or other route tracking software?
No

Ken Blaze inside City Boundary March 12, 2019, 12:17 PM

Your neighborhood is:
Milwood


What types of uses (retail, restaurant, services) must exist within your neighborhood for it to be considered complete?
A variety.


Do the destinations of bike lanes and transit routes matter? Should they connect to specific destinations?
Of course they matter but not at the expense of giving a road diet to important transit routes for cars like portage Road. Let’s not get carried away with messing up efficient roads for the sake of cute little bike lanes. Let’s not have city government get swayed by overly enthusiastic people on bikes. Road diets are ridiculous. Painting stripes on a major thorough fare is crazy when our roads are falling apart, with potholes everywhere. We need fixed roads not bike fantasies.

Name not shown inside City Boundary December 19, 2018, 10:04 AM

Describe a bike route you currently take including the start and end locations as well as the streets or paths you travel on.
Start: Walnut and Park
End: Ymca Maple St.
Streets Paths Traveled on: Westnedge, Crosstown Pkwy and Maple St.


Assess the biking area of your route.



Mark the location of any obstructions or quality issues with their approximate location in the bike area along your route.
Pin at 42.285591, -85.589519, Pin at 42.28321, -85.589519


Write any additional comments you may have including any concerns, clarifications, or improvements you would like to see.
More bike lines or wide shoulders! Less obstruction in bike path- train barriers, should come down for train not obstruct path all the time.
Bike Racks Needed: more on the mall Downtown by State Theatre


Mark the location of any public bike racks that you know of or where bike parking is needed.
Pin at 42.2961, -85.574868, Pin at 42.289463, -85.584395, Pin at 42.271834, -85.597611, Pin at 42.288432, -85.583079


Do you use Strava or other route tracking software?
No

Hether Frayer outside City Boundary October 23, 2018, 9:26 PM

Describe a bike route you currently take including the start and end locations as well as the streets or paths you travel on.
My house to Bronson Park/KPL: Start on North Berkley St, go through the neighborhood to Academy St, down to the bottom of the hill, and continue on Academy across 5 lanes, and end at Academy and Rose.


Assess the biking area of your route.



Mark the location of any obstructions or quality issues with their approximate location in the bike area along your route.
Pin at 42.290457, -85.594899, Pin at 42.290473, -85.595113 (This crossing is challenging - 5 lanes and traffic coming from several different directions, and around a blind corner.), Pin at 42.297489, -85.599362, Pin at 42.297552, -85.598074, Pin at 42.297536, -85.597238, Pin at 42.297584, -85.595457, Pin at 42.297568, -85.594105, Pin at 42.2976, -85.591444, Pin at 42.29779, -85.589084, Pin at 42.297632, -85.592731 (There is not always broken glass on the street, but often enough that I avoid this route even though it is a much wider (more room for bikes) and slower route than W Main.)


Write any additional comments you may have including any concerns, clarifications, or improvements you would like to see.
Sometimes I also ride down West Main, but it can feel scary. West Main, especially up and down the hill, is not bike friendly. Another route I take is Berkley St to North St into downtown. I like this route, but often notice broken glass on North St between Douglass and Rose St.


Mark the location of any public bike racks that you know of or where bike parking is needed.
Pin at 42.293988, -85.583226, Pin at 42.293496, -85.583269, Pin at 42.292972, -85.583269, Pin at 42.292496, -85.583269, Pin at 42.292035, -85.583204, Pin at 42.294194, -85.579471, Pin at 42.29367, -85.580651, Pin at 42.293797, -85.583247, Pin at 42.293274, -85.583312, Pin at 42.29275, -85.583183, Pin at 42.292369, -85.583269, Pin at 42.294512, -85.586852, Pin at 42.290242, -85.586552, Pin at 42.290083, -85.585264, Pin at 42.290274, -85.587067, Pin at 42.289766, -85.587131


Do you use Strava or other route tracking software?
No

Name not shown inside City Boundary October 11, 2018, 3:27 PM

Describe a bike route you currently take including the start and end locations as well as the streets or paths you travel on.
Begin at Howard and Merrill. Travel down Merrill and left on Oak. Travel down Oak and right on Walnut. End at Bronson.


Assess the biking area of your route.



Mark the location of any obstructions or quality issues with their approximate location in the bike area along your route.
Pin at 42.283864, -85.592195, Pin at 42.282991, -85.592174, Pin at 42.28188, -85.592174, Pin at 42.281102, -85.592174, Pin at 42.276982, -85.592152, Pin at 42.27695, -85.594362, Pin at 42.276093, -85.594276, Pin at 42.259733, -85.631648, Pin at 42.274834, -85.610019


Write any additional comments you may have including any concerns, clarifications, or improvements you would like to see.
Curb was installed at Howard and Waite that disconnects Winchell neighborhood from bike path on Howard. I was almost hit by a car while walking my bike over the curb.


Mark the location of any public bike racks that you know of or where bike parking is needed.
Pin at 42.284687, -85.580973, Pin at 42.283576, -85.590286, Pin at 42.274746, -85.588284, Pin at 42.27045, -85.599375, Pin at 42.259915, -85.633731


Do you use Strava or other route tracking software?
No

John DICKMON outside City Boundary September 8, 2018, 2:31 PM

Describe a bike route you currently take including the start and end locations as well as the streets or paths you travel on.
River Oaks Park.. up the KRVT, to Burdick, south on Burdick St. to Vine, Vine to Westnedge, Westnedge to Pioneer
Shared lanes are a bad idea.. they're OK when traffic lanes are wide, but when the "shared" part takes up 1/2 of the traffic lane, that's not such a good idea.

For an experienced cyclist, who can maintain upwards of 20 mph, it's not as big of a deal, but a novice or intermediate, that rides 8-10, even 15 mph.. it becomes more of a hazard.



Assess the biking area of your route.



Mark the location of any obstructions or quality issues with their approximate location in the bike area along your route.
Pin at 42.287862, -85.478276, Pin at 42.287737, -85.583161, Pin at 42.2868, -85.583161, Pin at 42.285197, -85.583075, Pin at 42.284546, -85.583075, Pin at 42.284022, -85.583719, Pin at 42.28399, -85.585886, Pin at 42.284101, -85.588483, Pin at 42.28399, -85.58962, Pin at 42.282562, -85.589749, Pin at 42.28126, -85.589642, Pin at 42.27999, -85.589599, Pin at 42.279117, -85.589642, Pin at 42.278275, -85.589642, Pin at 42.27737, -85.589663, Pin at 42.276989, -85.590178, Pin at 42.276926, -85.5908, Pin at 42.301339, -85.568398, Pin at 42.303942, -85.562862, Pin at 42.302688, -85.565695, Pin at 42.305243, -85.56018, Pin at 42.306798, -85.556811, Pin at 42.309099, -85.551683, Pin at 42.308274, -85.553636, Pin at 42.310385, -85.549065, Pin at 42.311718, -85.546297, Pin at 42.313336, -85.542649, Pin at 42.315129, -85.538894, Pin at 42.316367, -85.536341, Pin at 42.317337, -85.533328, Pin at 42.318025, -85.532714, Pin at 42.289269, -85.58314, Pin at 42.29022, -85.559043, Pin at 42.290823, -85.560008, Pin at 42.291188, -85.561274, Pin at 42.291299, -85.562326, Pin at 42.291855, -85.56357, Pin at 42.292395, -85.564665, Pin at 42.290617, -85.559408, Pin at 42.290982, -85.560609, Pin at 42.291204, -85.561661, Pin at 42.291506, -85.562905, Pin at 42.29203, -85.564128, Pin at 42.292553, -85.565416, Pin at 42.28822, -85.499455, Pin at 42.288284, -85.494305, Pin at 42.287807, -85.500614, Pin at 42.287236, -85.501021, Pin at 42.287236, -85.502223, Pin at 42.28741, -85.503382, Pin at 42.286664, -85.519947, Pin at 42.286569, -85.52986, Pin at 42.284696, -85.544967, Pin at 42.286843, -85.515003, Pin at 42.286799, -85.515658, Pin at 42.284672, -85.549958, Pin at 42.284656, -85.549786, Pin at 42.284807, -85.552415, Pin at 42.284879, -85.550001, Pin at 42.284926, -85.551052, Pin at 42.298439, -85.572732


Write any additional comments you may have including any concerns, clarifications, or improvements you would like to see.
What I think the solution is, would be to take some of these sidewalks, widen them, and designate them Multi-Use Pathways.


Mark the location of any public bike racks that you know of or where bike parking is needed.
Pin at 42.290184, -85.563196, Pin at 42.294295, -85.578581, Pin at 42.293835, -85.580383, Pin at 42.2932, -85.57886, Pin at 42.290867, -85.589846, Pin at 42.283544, -85.589653, Pin at 42.294957, -85.570985, Pin at 42.294189, -85.57606, Pin at 42.29353, -85.578034, Pin at 42.294625, -85.574


Do you use Strava or other route tracking software?
Yes

Name not shown outside City Boundary September 7, 2018, 3:20 PM

Describe a bike route you currently take including the start and end locations as well as the streets or paths you travel on.
We live off of West Main close to the Meijer with two young boys. Unfortunately, from our house, 9th Street near the cross street of West Main is our direct route for biking. My complaint is there is not path on 9th, 10th street, West Main to the Kal Haven Trail or Oshtemo Library. From our house the streets in direct contact to bike trails are laden with busy, heavy and fast traffic. We would easily bike more if it was safer to get to the main biking areas with a path to the Oshtemo Library and Park, Kal Haven Trail or even 9th avenue to I-94.


Assess the biking area of your route.



Mark the location of any obstructions or quality issues with their approximate location in the bike area along your route.
Pin at 42.293759, -85.612756, Pin at 42.292743, -85.600053


Write any additional comments you may have including any concerns, clarifications, or improvements you would like to see.
The Kalamazoo trail into Kalamazoo, has some safety areas due to the type of people who are on the trail as you come into Downtown Kalamazoo.


Mark the location of any public bike racks that you know of or where bike parking is needed.
Pin at 42.294572, -85.68348


Do you use Strava or other route tracking software?
No

Keegan Adriance inside City Boundary August 29, 2018, 5:13 PM

Your neighborhood is:
Vine


What types of uses (retail, restaurant, services) must exist within your neighborhood for it to be considered complete?
Grocer! Midtown Fresh is a step in the right direction, but we are currently forced to drive all the way to Portage or Oshtemo for more than specialty foods. Walkability to restaurants and regular services are a huge plus (banks, barber/salon, etc).


Do the activities in the park matter? Is your neighborhood complete if there aren’t activities?
No. Parks are meant for everyday relaxation and enjoyment. Too many events in the parks becomes a hinderance to the neighborhood - Sure people from outside of the neighborhood may come down and spend some money, but the locals can't do their daily activities.


Can the sidewalk be on only one side, or must it be located on both sides of the street?
Both. This is one of my biggest pet peeves about Kalamazoo. Pedestrians should be able to walk anywhere, free of traffic danger. How is a business supposed to succeed of a human can't walk up to it? Sidewalks on both sides will spur business on both sides. Narrow the roads - they are so wide here.


If there is a trail system, but not a sidewalk, within the neighborhood, does it count toward the requirement?
No. Absolutely not. Trail systems are for leisure (which is great), not for commuting or practicality.


What is the maximum distance you should walk to the transit stop or bicycle lane/path?
2 blocks


Do the destinations of bike lanes and transit routes matter? Should they connect to specific destinations?
Yes. Again, bike lanes are not leisure routes - they are for people who choose to bike to reach the same destinations as one walking or driving would go. They should run with (or at least parallel) to all main driving routes.

What is along the bike routes should be the destination.... There should never be a start or end point. That makes zero sense.


Is there a maximum distance from each neighborhood that is acceptable to travel for large grocery store? 1 mile? 2 miles? What about smaller markets?
1 mile to large grocer, half mile to smaller markets


How is a food store defined - based on square footage, or providing items as fresh fruits and vegetables?
options provided, never on square footage


Is access to a farmers’ market the equivalent of a food store? How long do farmers’ markets need to be open to be considered as such, and how frequently?
Yes, having an indoor market through the winter months would be very nice.


If you could have a community garden in a nearby park, where would you put it? If you could have fruit trees in your park what type would you like?
The Dutton park (tot lot) would be a perfect place for a community garden.


How does indoor growing/aquaponics figure into the evaluation of neighborhood food access?
I haven't thought about this.