Royal Oak non-motorized plan gets public jump start

Cyclists want to ride from downtown to downtown, and crossing Woodward can be, well, a real bear.

That's some of the feedback that arose from an open house for a non-motorized transit plan for Royal Oak, which drew close to 100 people last month. Royal Oak resident and avid cyclist Todd Scott says the meeting included breaking into groups and sharing where cyclists wanted to ride -- the nearby downtowns being a popular destination. They also discussed barriers, including Woodward Avenue, both in riding its length and trying to cross it, and I-696 south of Royal Oak.

"The planners took that information home to be able to work on a non-motorized plan," he says. "They'll present the initial draft and have more public input about that."

Scott was pleased to see people from many circles and types of cycling
in attendance. "I think it was very optimistic," he says. "It seems like we really drew from all the groups."

The Active Transportation Alliance is working with the city of Royal Oak to develop the non-motorized plan; contact Marissa Dolin at marissa@activetrans.org or (312) 427-3325, ext. 292 for more information.

Source: Todd Scott, Royal Oak resident and cyclist
Writer: Kristin Lukowski
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