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Volunteers sought for walkability audit in Batavia

By Howard B. Owens

Press release:

The City of Batavia is hosting one of 10 "walkability audits" happening across the Finger Lakes Region. The project is funded by the Genesee Transportation Council through its Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP). The purpose of the audit is to get local perspectives on the problems and opportunities faced by pedestrians, and develop solutions for improving pedestrian safety, accessibility, convenience and comfort.

The intent of the audit is to help increase foot traffic and encourage alternatives to automobiles as a means of transportation. As a result, it hopes to increase the vibrancy and appeal of the City as a place to shop, socialize and recreate. The walkability audit will succeed best if it includes a range of community stakeholders from all perspectives working together to understand the issues and opportunities, and make sure the plan is responsive to locally identified needs.

The City of Batavia’s audit is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Please join us for lunch and a presentation in the Council Chambers at City Hall. Following lunch the group will walk the City approximately one to two miles (90-minute walk) returning to the Council Chambers for discussion in small focus groups. The focus groups are to review problems and concerns identified on the walk and throughout the day and discuss solutions for future improvements. The day will conclude at 4 p.m.

For participation in the walkability tour, please contact Lisa Casey at the City Manager’s Office at (585) 345-6333 or e-mail at no later than April 10th to be placed in attendance.

Additional information will be mailed to you after your acknowledgement of attendance. We are looking for at least 30 people. Please bring your walking shoes, galoshes, or do I dare say snow boots? We will be walking in rain, snow or shine!

Ed Hartgrove

To be sure, Alvin.
But, then, how many (TOWNS) build sidewalks alongside (town) roads? Not talking cities, villages or hamlets - just towns.

Discounting the 'sidewalk to nowhere' - aka "Easy access to 84Lumber", of course - and, I have no idea WHO paid for that one.


Apr 2, 2015, 5:16pm Permalink
alvin tufts

Generally the Town of Batavia is more business and resident friendly. I hold them to a higher standard than the city. This is a perfect opportunity to use collected taxes from these businesses to improve the community. Unlike the City of Batavia's policy of increasing taxes and adding unnecessary positions so current workers can do even less for the same pay.

Apr 2, 2015, 5:43pm Permalink

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