The City is seeking public comments regarding transportation facilities that lack connections such as paths, roads or areas with safety, or significant congestion. Consider areas that lack facilities available such as a traffic signal, sidewalks, bike lanes, road width, transit stops, etc. Keep in mind growing areas of the City along Garden Valley Blvd, Lookingglass Street, Diamond Lake Blvd, Newton Creek Road and unincorporated areas like Winchester or Charter Oaks. We are seeking general public input from people that use our facilities on a daily basis to support data for the update to our Transportation System Plan. So, your input is valuable.
I enjoy walking as a form of exercise and recreation. I prefer to run errands on foot whenever practical. After retiring I accomplished a goal of walking every street in Roseburg. I live near downtown and recently, when contemplating walking to the Arts Center, I realized I just didn't want to do it because Harvard is not a pleasant place to walk. Here's why I say that: The freeway onramp by the high school is difficult to safely negotiate. The multiple driveways into parking lots (especially at Grocery Outlet) create many opportunities for auto/pedestrian conflict--does each aisle of the parking lot really need access to Harvard? Sidewalks need more separation from traffic. And, what I would really love to see would be some vegetation to soften all the asphalt and concrete and help muffle traffic noise. Street trees would make it (and any other street in town) much more appealing. We have to go beyond just thinking about traffic signals, road width, etc. in this planning process and consider aesthetics. Make our city streets into something that makes people say, "Wow, Roseburg is a beautiful place." (I singled out Harvard because I live nearby, but the same could be said for Garden Valley Blvd.)