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.)

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Juliete Palenshus 6 months ago

Susan, you've articulated some of my exact thoughts! Thank you so much for expressing this concept so well. I am totally in agreement and have felt the same sentiments when walking, and considering walking along Harvard. It's an unpleasant experience. One additional thought I've had is to transform a few parking spaces on the Harvard side of the Grocery Outlet parking lot, into landscaped boxes with trees, shrubbery, a street lamp and maybe even a bench. It would be wonderful to see that along the "square" of Harvard, Stewart Parkway, Garden Valley Blvd and Stephens.

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Juliete Palenshus 6 months ago

Stewart Parkway, particularly between the golf course and Bi-Mart is downright treacherous for pedestrians and bicyclists. Generally, I'd like to see emphasis on attractive and convenient bike/ped options, as well as education in a way of public campaigns encouraging people to participate in those options for health and environmental sustainability. Many bicyclists have faced very frightening, and even life-threatening situations resulting from harassment from motorists sharing the road.

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