Bob Edmiston is driven — er, biken (?) — to make neighborhood greenways a part of his neighborhood’s future. As the main force behind Madison Park Greenways, Bob presented about neighborhood greenways at the Madison Park Community Council. The council loved the idea and unanimously created a neighborhood greenway planning group.
Now, the group is looking to reach people in bordering neighborhoods, such as Madison Valley and Montlake, to get involved.
From the Madison Park Community Council:
This email is your invitation for participation at whatever level you wish to participate.
Currently, Bob is looking for people who would be willing to help in the following areas:
• Determine the needs of users i.e. advanced riders, willing but wary riders, kids, walkers, etc.
• Identify grade friendly routes for those users to get to and from various points i.e. schools, parks, bus stops, businesses, etc.
• Neighbors willing to ride/walk and evaluate proposed routes.
• Spreading the word about the Greenways Project.
If you’d like to get involved, please go to this page and tell us a bit about yourself http://tinyurl.com/mpgsignup This is the best way to participate in the planning process. The information will be used to invite you to the Google Group for future communications and give you a chance to share what level you’d like to participate.
Bob was also featured in this UW post about his data-driven commute choice. He is an example of what is exciting about the city’s recent neighborhood greenways movement: More new faces with a variety of reasons for why biking makes sense in their lives. He is driven to make the small things easier, and that’s the kind of localized work we need to really see the number of people biking in our neighborhoods go through the roof.
Madison Park Blogger wrote about Bob and his push for neighborhood greenways recently:
Edmiston’s education effort began with an hour-and-a-half presentation at the Madison Park Community Council meeting earlier this week, in which he pointed out that greenways are not about establishing more routes for dedicated bike enthusiasts. Rather, greenways are designed to create easier, safer biking connections and encourage people who might otherwise not venture out on a bike to consider the possibility and then go for it. He calls these non-enthusiasts the “Willing But Wary” and notes that a recent study showed that they may comprise 60% of the able-bodied population (the other types being the “No Way/No Hows” comprising 33%, the “Strong and Fearless” comprising under 1%, and the “Enthused and Confident” comprising 7%).
Edmiston, who bikes to work, puts himself into that latter category but recognizes that many if not most of his neighbors are of the “Wary” type. Making things safer for bikers will encourage at least some of these people to take up this better form of transportation and make parents feel more confident in letting their kids do so, he told the Council. To prove his point he brought along several people to give personal testimonials at the meeting. They validated his argument that at least in some cases perfectly usable bikes sit in dusty locations, un-ridden for fear of neighborhood streets (or, more correctly, the car drivers who make use of those thoroughfares)