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5 - Four Mile Canyon & Wonderland Creek Multi-Use Path DevelopmentMEMORANDUM TO: City Council Members Transportation Advisory Board Members Planning Board Members FROM: Lori Thompson, Safe Access to Schools Volunteer DATE: March 24, 2000 RE: Four Mile Canyon and Wonderland Creek Multi-Use Path Development Dear Council and Board Membe:s: I am working with the principal of Crest View Elementary, Ned Levine, to improve the pedestrian and bicycle access to our neighborhood schools. We are extremely interested in the development of multi-use paths along Four Mile Canyon Creek and Wonderland Creek to offer children and families alternative access to two of the largest urban centers in the area, Crest View Elementary and Centennial Middle School. We have met with Anne Noble on several occasions and attended public mePtings to express our opinion in favor of mult-use paths being included in the Greenways Master Plan. The enclosed letter, written by Mr. Levine following a meeting with Anne Noble, outlines our opinion that every effort should be made to have multi-use paths developed along the two waterways, as opposed to providing more on street bicycle lanes. We are interested in playing an active role as the Greenways Master Plan for these two watersheds moves forward. For more information, or if you have any questions, you can reach me at (303)442-2062, or Ned Levine at (303)443-6363. Thank you for your consideration, ~~ / ori hompson • Boulder Valley Public Schools 6500 Arapahoe, P.O. Box 9011 Boulder, Colorado 80301 (303) 447-1010 January 31, 2000 Annic Noblc Cily of Boulder Pazks and Rccrcation Dcpartmcnt Greenways Project Dear Annie: Crest View Elementary School 1897 Sumac eo~ae~, co so3oa (~os~ aas-s~s~ Ned Levine Principal Thank you for meeting with Centennial Principal Cheryl Scott and myself with regards to the proposed multi-use paths through our attendance areas. As you are aware, the goal the two of us have a.s carelakers of c~ver l,lt)0 children daily is lo creale safer access lo and from our propcrtics. Wc arc no longcr a rural, north Bouldcr community. You arc awarc of our cxtcnsivc build-out and increasing vehicular traffic concerns over streets that were not designed with pedestrian or bicycle safety in mind. Safe passage over/under or around 19'~ Street and Highway 36 are our highest priorities. Frankly, many parents, and our district, transport children to our properties because there are no safe, 4-~:;essible routes other than the current roadways for children to tra.vei upon. Why the Greenways Project is important to us: Separation of our children from the cars on our streets is our main goal. Creating the central corridor connection through the park land purchased from the Elk's Club, adding a Wonderland Creek connection to the back of Centennial's property along the city play fields, creating an underpass at 30~` and the Diagonal, and completing the Four Mile Creek pathway connecting these to Broadway would create much needed thoroughfares for our students and families. Both our schools run year-round programs now, so our need is continuous. Why City Street paths access are problematic: Creating pathways that use city streets as their main delivery would be adding to our safety concems. Many of our streets are nanow, most lack sidewalks or any usable shoulder. As we discussed when we reviewed your progosed paths, the more off-road multi-use paths we can create as transportation corridors for bike riders and walkers-through our attendance areas the better. Both of us serve children from 63'~ Street to Broadway and Iris north. The Four Mile Creek pathway proposal is an excellent example of how pathway completion will aileviate some of our major concerns. We are opposed to additional vehicular paths, such as the once proposed Street through the F1ks Club property, as they would just exacerbate the safety problems. Thank you for your consideration. We wouid be happy to address these concerns with your planning groups as you progress througk buildout pectfully, . N vine, Pri ipal