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Fred Lawrence inside City Boundary January 5, 2020, 7:21 AM

Your neighborhood is:
Northside


What types of uses (retail, restaurant, services) must exist within your neighborhood for it to be considered complete?
Store, Services, Retail


Do the activities in the park matter? Is your neighborhood complete if there aren’t activities?
Yes. No.


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


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?
Two blocks.


Do the destinations of bike lanes and transit routes matter? Should they connect to specific destinations?
Yes


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?
One mile and there should be a mix of local small and large stores.


How is a food store defined - based on square footage, or providing items as fresh fruits and vegetables?
75,000 square feet


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?
8am to 6pm. Thursday to Sunday.


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?
Lacrone Park. Apple, pears, cherry.


How does indoor growing/aquaponics figure into the evaluation of neighborhood food access?
Part of the mix but small percentage.

Name not shown outside City Boundary November 5, 2019, 9:46 AM

Your neighborhood is:
Eastside


What types of uses (retail, restaurant, services) must exist within your neighborhood for it to be considered complete?
Local grocery store providing fresh produce from local growers that is affordable and within walking distance besides Harding's. We would like to see an office supply store, a PetSmart (a place that does grooming and vet services in one location), or even a bakery. Small, family operated businesses. Less retail chains.


Do the activities in the park matter? Is your neighborhood complete if there aren’t activities?
I think more neighborhood activities at our parks and active gardening would bring people together.


Can the sidewalk be on only one side, or must it be located on both sides of the street?
We like both sides of the street to have walk-able and safe sidewalks. Some streets in our neighborhood have no sidewalks, while others have jagged and unsafe sidewalks with an increase for falling hazard.


If there is a trail system, but not a sidewalk, within the neighborhood, does it count toward the requirement?
We do not have a trail, but we would count it as a requirement if it was well lit and in an open area for safety.


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


Do the destinations of bike lanes and transit routes matter? Should they connect to specific destinations?
No, the destinations of bike lanes do not matter. We think bike lanes should at least be on all roads with single lane, two- way traffic for safety.


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. Enough distance for walking to and from with bags of groceries for those who do not have access to transportation. Same for smaller markets.


How is a food store defined - based on square footage, or providing items as fresh fruits and vegetables?
We define a food store based on offering fruits, vegetables, milk, eggs, bread, meat, and whole grains, beans, etc. Food that would encompass a nutrient dense, balanced diet.


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?
No. Open all season, 9-5 or at least business hours.


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 put a community garden centralized in our neighborhood. I know we have several community gardens, but I don't know if people are aware of them. I think fruit trees should be abundant and whatever will grow in a Michigan climate.


How does indoor growing/aquaponics figure into the evaluation of neighborhood food access?
Interesting concept, I just don't know how that would function in our area or who would take care of it.

Name not shown inside City Boundary September 25, 2019, 7:22 PM

Your neighborhood is:
Oakland/Winchell


What types of uses (retail, restaurant, services) must exist within your neighborhood for it to be considered complete?
Park area with playground. More restaurants and retail near Oakland and Parkview would be nice too.


Do the activities in the park matter? Is your neighborhood complete if there aren’t activities?
Yes, but the park at Woods Lake is tough to access from the neighborhood.


Can the sidewalk be on only one side, or must it be located on both sides of the street?
Both. A neighborhood access to woods lake park would be nice.


If there is a trail system, but not a sidewalk, within the neighborhood, does it count toward the requirement?
There are no trails through neighborhood


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


Do the destinations of bike lanes and transit routes matter? Should they connect to specific destinations?
Yes. Connecting to downtown and to the portage trail system would be nice.


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?
Grocery options are fine as is


How is a food store defined - based on square footage, or providing items as fresh fruits and vegetables?
Fresh


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, weekly


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?
At abandoned church on Winchell and Aberdeen. Yes.


How does indoor growing/aquaponics figure into the evaluation of neighborhood food access?
?

Name not shown inside City Boundary September 25, 2019, 9:56 AM

Your neighborhood is:
Oakwood


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


Do the activities in the park matter? Is your neighborhood complete if there aren’t activities?
I care more about having safe and maintained parks than having organized activities in the parks.


Can the sidewalk be on only one side, or must it be located on both sides of the street?
Sidewalk on one side is okay only when there's a crosswalk that allows you to access that sidewalk. I'm frustrated when the sidewalk ends on one side and there is no crosswalk to safely get across the street to another sidewalk.
Additionally, some busy streets do need sidewalks on both sides. One example is Oakland Drive near Angling Road - coming from Kilgore, there is a sidewalk on the east side of the street and then a crosswalk further up near Lakeside to get across Oakland. There are two sections of Oakland that are nearly inaccessible for pedestrians due to there only being a sidewalk on one side of the street. The two sections are from Kilgore to Angling area on the west side and Lakeside for Children and Kalamazoo Country Club area on the east side of Oakland.


If there is a trail system, but not a sidewalk, within the neighborhood, does it count toward the requirement?
Ideally, there would be both, but either is acceptable if they allow pedestrians to access all areas.


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


Do the destinations of bike lanes and transit routes matter? Should they connect to specific destinations?
Yes, I think it would be wonderful if there were accessible bike lanes and routes from every neighborhood into downtown Kalamazoo and back. I also think it's important that there are transit and bike routes to the Kalamazoo Farmers Market and local grocery stores.


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?
I think every neighborhood should have some type of food/grocery store (besides a convenience store). All neighborhoods shouldn't have to travel more than 1-2 miles to a large grocery store.


How is a food store defined - based on square footage, or providing items as fresh fruits and vegetables?
Providing fresh fruits and vegetables.


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?
I think there needs to be access to the farmer's market and also a grocery store, unless we were going to have a farmer's market that was open a couple of times a week all year round.


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?
Apple, plum and peach trees.


How does indoor growing/aquaponics figure into the evaluation of neighborhood food access?
I don't know.

Name not shown inside City Boundary September 15, 2019, 2:13 PM

Describe a bike route you currently take including the start and end locations as well as the streets or paths you travel on.
423 W Dutton St to Westnedge, south to Crosstown, west on Maple.


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 42.280844, -85.589684, Pin at 42.281257, -85.587152


Write any additional comments you may have including any concerns, clarifications, or improvements you would like to see.
Tough to go south on Westnedge or north on Park because of the heavy car traffic. Not enough space for bikes on either of the main north/south thoroughfares. Would like to see bike lanes on Westnedge and Park, or alternate north/south bike paths from the Vine neighborhood.


Do you use Strava or other route tracking software?
No

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