Proposed solutions to issues are based on input from residents
Not all mobility issues involve the city’s major thoroughfares. Some issues are on less traveled side streets, the ones that wind through the city’s neighborhoods and likely affect a community’s quality of life as much as challenges along Hwy A1A or US 1.
Excessive speeding, cut through traffic, lack of bike paths, or sidewalks in need of repair are some of the mobility issues being addressed by the city’s increased focus on neighborhoods. The extra attention is being managed with the assistance of PONDS, an experienced traffic consultant firm retained by the city to help identify neighborhood-level mobility problems and seek solutions based on the input and desires of residents.
“The best way to know what a neighborhood needs is to ask those who live there,” said Reuben Franklin, Mobility Program Manager. “We have lots of tools we use to confirm traffic counts and speeding, but when it comes to what will make a specific neighborhood safer and increase the quality of life for its residents, we need to go directly to the residents for answers. That’s what this process accomplishes.”
The first two neighborhoods identified to launch this effort are the Oyster Creek and North Davis Shores areas. They were selected because while they each share similar issues, their geographic locations are different and the type of traffic impact varies.
The process began in August with PONDS conducting reviews of current traffic patterns in the neighborhoods and then residents were invited to an open house to share their concerns. Using that input, the PONDS team prepared a presentation which included possible solutions. The solutions and recommendations were shared last week with the residents of Oyster Creek and North Davis Shores for their feedback.
Now residents have the opportunity to review the presentations along with a summary of alternative solutions, and offer their preference for the suggested solutions to challenges that were identified. The online survey allows residents to show support or opposition to the various possible alternatives.
The material presented at the meetings and the surveys for each neighborhood are available at www.CityStAugMobility.com under the Neighborhood Updates tab, or click the links below:
- Oyster Creek Neighborhood Updates
- Oyster Creek Online Survey
- North Davis Shores Neighborhood Updates
- North Davis Shores Online Survey
For additional information, contact the Mobility Office at 904.209.4211 or send an email to Mobility@CityStAug.com.