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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    MDOT Eschews Responsibility For Roads To Promote "Walkability"

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 04:04:22 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Walkability, Cool Cities, Sustainability SCAM, Waste of Resources, We're Broke Right?, Poor Road Conditions (all tags)

    The Michigan Department of transportation has decided to solve road issues by promoting vehicle-less travel.

    Sure why not.  They haven't been able to keep up with the roads, and those stupid bridge plans keep confusing them (oooohhhhh SHINY!) to the point of inefficiency.  Our communities already are suffering due to reduced revenue sharing for roads and street repairs, so lets make sure all streets and roads have AWESOME walking ability mandated on them.  More pressure from the state while the check book is being put away anyhow.  Good deal.  Below from the release:

    Fast Facts:
    • MDOT is sponsoring walkability audits in seven communities in August.
    • The audit provides a hands-on evaluation of walking conditions in the community.
    • The audit is designed for city engineers, planners, residents and others.
    • Contact community organizer for details.

    August 2, 2012 -- Interested in making your neighborhood or community more conducive to walking? The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is promoting a series of "walkability" audits in seven communities around the state, designed to provide a hands-on evaluation of the walking conditions in a portion of the community, and a discussion of design improvement ideas.

    The walkability audits are designed to help city engineers, planners, officials, residents and others realize the benefits of providing a safe and attractive environment for walking. The free audits will be conducted by Dan Burden of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, who has 40 years of experience in developing, promoting and evaluating active transportation facilities, traffic calming practices and sustainable community design.

    Audits will be conducted from Aug. 12 to17. For more details, contact the community organizer.

    The 2012 schedule follows:

    Dates Location Contact

    Sunday, Aug. 12 Paw Paw l.nielsen@pawpaw.net
    Monday, Aug. 13 Alpine Township s.thomas@alpinetwp.org
    Monday, Aug. 13 Wyoming cochrant@wyomingmi.gov
    Tuesday, Aug. 14 Meridian Township menser@meridian.mi.us
    Wednesday, Aug. 15 Gaylord jeff@gaylord-otsego.com
    Thursday, Aug. 16 Trenton bohling@msu.edu
    Friday, Aug. 17 Detroit villagendet@aol.com

    Don't Barrel Through Work Zones! - Drive Smart to Stay Alive.

    Or simply walk.

    No one has ever died by a collision with another human being. (that I am aware) And by golly, even if it takes you a few extra hours to get to work, it will be well worth it!

    Or not.

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    My point .. (none / 0) (#1)
    by JGillman on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 04:19:29 PM EST
    Local communities can plan sidewalks quite well without the high paid roads scholars from Lansing complicating matters.

    Yeppers... (none / 0) (#2)
    by Corinthian Scales on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 05:10:11 PM EST
    The good folks down in Georgia just shot crap like this "walkability" BS down the other day.

    For a full rundown go here.

    AND before all the piously correct pants-p!ssers have the fantods over the MARTA thing, go wiki it.

    So solly, "it demeaning" Clarkulans, Denny no cleate MARTA backronym.  Denny just reference.

    Ya, nice falling for green energy loving NPV Anuzis working with Brewer meme.  First smelt it dealt it, Saul.

    Sadly typical (none / 0) (#3)
    by Rougman on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 05:19:51 PM EST
    Give me a break.  Like we have the money for this kind of crap.  As the commercials say, 'but wait, there's more!'

    Indian Trails is getting a nice big hunk of federal largess to launch a new bus service between East Lansing and Detroit metro.

    Michigan Flyer will receive nearly $596,000 to help cover the first-year operating costs of a new route on the I-96 corridor between East Lansing and the Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
    It's a wonderful thing to see private/public partnerships motivated to take taxpayer money from my grandchildren and shift it into the pockets of today's crony capitalists who, somewhere along the line, forgot that their business models need to be economically viable before pulling the trigger.

    Whether it is Dan Burden (an appropriate name, don't you think) of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute receiving the money, or some crony at Indian Trails, the borrowed money seeding these ventures won't be paid back in our children's lifetimes. Or our children's children's.

    But, perhaps these guys know more than I give them credit for.  When the collapsed economy makes it nearly impossible for the average Joe to even own an automobile, a luxury coach or flower lined sidewalk might very well become our favored way of transportation.

    Gotta love government--devising new ways to spend our money every day.

    I wonder if... (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by KG One on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 08:35:37 PM EST
    ..."The free audits will be conducted by Dan Burden of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, who has 40 years of experience in developing, promoting and evaluating active transportation facilities, traffic calming practices and sustainable community design."

    Are the same low-grade morons who gave us traffic roundabouts as the "superior" alternative to traffic intersections.

    They are such a great design they are a wonderful place to see people trying to drive under my truck.

    If anyone has been (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by grannynanny on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 08:57:55 AM EST
    or is coming to the Lansing area check out the "comfort areas" that were built on South Cedar St. at the I-496 on/off ramps several years ago.  Thousands of dollars wasted on landscaping and seating and I have never once seen anyone "resting" at any of the six comfort stations except for a homeless vagabond or two.  And who in the hell wants to sit at an interchange and "watch" traffic?  I am so sick of these "feel good" liberals telling us this waste of tax dollars is for our own good.  Bull$hit!!!

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