Venable Pushes For More Sidewalks

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

January 23, 2006

Many folks live in the City of Charlottesville because it's easy to get around without a car. One neighborhood is fighting to stay safe on their sidewalks.

Venable is unique because it's intertwined with students and local residents. It's these neighbors that are literally worried about walking around their own neighborhood.

At a public meeting held by Charlottesville City, residents came out to voice concerns specifically on sidewalks, or lack-there-of.

"There are major intersections like Rugby/Preston/Barracks where no matter which way you approach the intersection you can't stay on a sidewalk, you have to cross the street and there's a busy intersection," said Bobbie Bruner, President of the Venable Neighborhood Association.

There are sections throughout the city where the sidewalk just disappears. Sometimes one direction has one, while the other does not. Even if the sidewalk does exist--they aren't always in the best condition.

"Several years ago my father was visiting from out-of-town and did trip on one of the wires on Rugby Road that was holding up a pole. He was ok, but for a bruise, but I've seen it happen to other people too," said Bruner.

The concern for more walkways and bike lanes isn't just in the Venable neighborhood.

"It's a very big deal. I've done five of these meetings now and I know in the next two that I do it will be a big concern to them too," said Neighborhood Planner Brian Haluska.

There are four more neighborhood meetings left to attend, and all meetings are located at the Charlottesville Community Design Center on the Downtown Mall. The neighborhoods include the Barracks/Rugby area, Fifeville, the mMadows, and Ridge Street areas. It will give you chance to find out what's going on and voice your opinions for city's long-term plans .

BARRACKS/RUGBY: Tuesday, January 24th, 6:00 p.m.
FIFEVILLE: Wednesday, January 25th, 7:00 p.m.
THE MEADOWS: Thursday, January 26th, 6:30 p.m.
RIDGE STREET: Monday, January 30th, 7:00 p.m.

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