Thursday, August 31, 2017

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Safety Issues - June 2017

GREENWAYS (Safety Issues)

Hendersonville
  • The worsening safety problem on the geo-tube - See Brian Wray’s review, which you will find posted on our website.  http://www.bikinhville.com/files/GreenwayImprove01.pdf  
  •  Bruce Day has also brought the following problem. Gateway on the Drakes Creek Greenway.  The issue is most bicyclists will attempt the turn without dismounting and in the process many run into these obstacles.
Lower Station Camp
  • David Hardin – What are the plans to provide SAFE crossing of the Greenway Trail over Bison Road?  With several roads converging on the most likely crossing it is likely to be a danger.  David has asked but no one has offered an answer.
NEW SHACKLE ROAD  (David Hardin) Section of road completed with Wide Outside Lanes and side paths
  • Signed for “Share the Road”, but current 40-mph speed limit too fastToo many egresses are even hazardous for auto traffic at current speed limits (We have witnessed several near collisions as cars speed down from bridge over 386.). This entire section of road is not suitable for bicycle use, need to stay on side-path
FOREST RETREAT ROAD (David Hardin) (between Glen Oaks SC and Hunt Lane)
  • Road in bad need of repair not suitable for current heavy traffic. 
  • Issue: Why wasn’t the Shopping Center developers required to improve this road and what do we need to do to mitigate such problems in the future?

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Open Issues - May 2017

OPEN Issues are:
  • Sumner County Greenway connection to Cannons Crossing
  • Progress on Walker Collaborate Report to Sumner County
  • Relook at potential routes for Hendersonville Greenway to Cannons Crossing
  • Forest Retreat and Hunt Lane Improvements
  • Wessington Road repaving with bike lanes (and fixed drain grates).
  • And OF COURSE what’s happening with Sanders Ferry Greenway

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Legislative Update

      I’m sure you’ve been waiting breathlessly so I wrote a summary of this year’s session of the General Assembly. It’s not very elegant but hopefully it’s informative.
      Next year Haslam may ask for an increase in the gas tax. That could be the most important turning point in dealing with transportation in Tennessee in a generation. The issue of dedicated funding for mass transit will be part of the discussion. I’m afraid that the idea of restricting it’s use for biking facilities will also reappear. The current distribution of gas tax revenues to local cities and counties screws the urban areas. Changing that formula should be part of the input from our city government. When and if the increase is implemented (I don’t have much faith in Haslam) we should demand that Nashville use it for transit, biking and walking. No new $ for cars.

Carey Rogers, Walk/Bike Nashville
Opinions stated here, of course, are my own.

Friday, March 4, 2016

March Update From Fred Rogers

     Thanks for passing along this information from Leslie.  More importantly, thanks for the North Central Hendersonville Bike/Ped Plan.  I can see that a substantial amount of effort was involved in the development of this plan.  In light of this effort as well as the expertise of you and your group we will study this document very closely as we move forward with the provision of bike and pedestrian accommodations in this growing and evolving area of the City. We will probably want to meet with you after we have had a chance to thoroughly review your Plan and to compare with our ideas for this area. 
     We are also in the planning mode for the Saundersville Rd corridor.  As development extends eastward from the library, we are requiring the developers to extend the trail/greenway along the railroad.  It will soon connect to Stop 30 Rd.  East of Stop 30 Rd, the developer of Bridgemill is constructing the greenway.  Ultimately, it will extend all the way to 386.  The developer of Millstone will soon construct a bike/ped trail all along the Saundersville Rd frontage of this development. The County is expected to start construction of a bike trail from the Lower Station Camp Creek Rd greenway over the creek and along the TVA easement to Cannons Crossing Dr. in Saundersville Station Saundersville Station Subdivision. We are developing plans to connect this segments. 
     Also, FYI, we have asked Rogers Group to construct a trail along the creek from Lower Station Camp Creek Rd just south of the railroad to Gallatin Pike.  This will allow bicyclists using the Lower Station Camp Creek Rd greenway to by-pass the Rogers Group plant and other intensive activities on this section of Lower Station Camp Creek Rd.
    One more FYI, the Sanders Ferry project is making good progress.  We hope to advertise for construction late this spring or early summer.  
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Fred D. Rogers, Director
Hendersonville Planning Department

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Hendersonville Update from Fred Rogers

Bike Trail Update, January 21, 2016

The City has secured additional funds for the Sanders Ferry Bike Trail Project.  The trail (off-road) portion will extend from Main St to Mallard Point Park (across from Nottingham Apartments).  This portion will follow the water’s edge.  Some of it will actually be over the water in the form of an aluminum boardwalk and bridge.  This is by necessity and it is very expensive.  But this is the right way to do it.  It will be something we can be very proud of.

From Mallard Point a bike route (share the road) will extend a short distance down to Hickory Heights and from there down Lakeside Park and Curtis Cross Rd to Sanders Ferry Park.  Our Engineer has just re-submitted the construction plans to TDOT after making adjustments requested by TDOT.  Once we receive TDOT’s approval we will go through the process of certifying that we have all the right of way and easements we need.  We already have Corps of Engineers’ approval to place the trail on their property.  The bike route will be on city street right of way.  So, we hope this step will not take too long.  We hope to receive approval to advertise for bids this spring.

Once this project is completed, we will pursue additional funds to construct bike lanes along Sanders Ferry from Mallard Point Park to Sanders Ferry Park.  This will require major widening of Sanders Ferry Rd and acquisition of ROW.  This will be very expensive. 

In a related project, the City has secured federal funds and has hired an engineer to prepare plans for widening Drakes Creek Rd from 386 to past Stop 30.   This will include providing bike/ped accommodations  on Indian Lake Blvd across the 386 bridge.  We are also looking at the best way to extend the bike trail from Veterans Park to Durham.  We are coordinating these two efforts.

Feel free to pass this along to your bikers group.

Your input regarding  what additional grants we might qualify for and receive Aldermen support for is welcome.  There is a lot of expertise and knowledge within your group and I would appreciate your help.    

Fred D. Rogers, Director
Hendersonville Planning Department
101 Maple Dr. N. Hendersonville, TN
615-264-5316

I forgot to mention in my previous email that Chip Moore and the Public Works Department plan to paint 3-4 feet wide bike lanes with bike lane pavement markings the entire length of Wessington Drive (New Shackle Island Rd to Scotch St near Whitten Elementary)in conjunction with Hendersonville Utility District’s plans to replace utilities in Wessington Drive and to re-surface it.

Also, the City plans to paint bike lanes on Bonita from E. Main St to the 3-way stop at Waterview Dr. These projects will add over 2.5 miles of bike lane to the City.

About 3 months ago we added a bike route with signs and sharrows to Luna Ln from Lakeside Park Dr to Walton Ferry.  On Imperial Dr from Walton Ferry to Sanders Ferry we replaced the center turn lane with bike lanes except at the intersections.  This was done to increase the connectivity and impact of the Sanders Ferry Bike Trail Project.  It helped to secure the additional funds for this project as mentioned in my previous email and to secure TDOT’s approval to move forward.   

Fred D. Rogers

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Long Hollow Pike Corridor Study

During the past year there has been a great deal of discussion at both the Sumner County Planning commission as well as at the meetings of the full County Commissioners about what direction development ought to take along the Long Hollow Pike Corridor.  

The issues most discussed have been how to deal with or plan for
  • Storm water flooding 
  • Traffic congestion
  • Density of new housing developments
  • Desired quality of life improvements, such as multimodal streets, greenways, walk/bike ways to schools, parks, businesses, etc.
The County Commission has recently approved funding and selected and the Walker Collaborative to assist with developing the vision as well as proposing zoning and infrastructure guidelines for this corridor.  Attached is a copy of their bid proposal.  This was provided by Dr. Bill Taylor to citizens in subdivisions along Long Hollow Pike that have been active in the discussions.  Dr. Taylor, with help and input from several other Commissioners, has taken the lead to thoughtfully plan for rather than merely react to the continued high rate of development in this part of Sumner County.  

You will see that multimodal projects are mentioned but more in passing than deliberate.  It seems to me that Hendersonville, Sumner County and surrounding communities ought to be coordinating development and infrastructure improvements.  But perhaps that is asking too much.

Nevertheless, I want to make you aware of this planning effort.  I certainly will try to convey how important this corridor is for runners, walkers, and especially cyclists.  But challenge remains...how do we develop more safe, connected and ridable bikeways?

Dave Shumaker,
1/13/16

David,  thanks for your email. 

I happy and excited to inform all of you that we are moving on with the planning of the Long Hollow Pike area that you mentioned in your email. Last week, the County Commission voted to appropriate up to $160,000 to fund this stage of planning. This week,we selected the firm of Walker and Associates to begin the planning  process (the Proposal).  This is a new progressive step in Sumner County that has never been taken before, but as we all know is imperative.  Please thank your commissioners for making this happen.

Philip Walker, with the Walker Collaborative  www.walkercollaborative.com  has 2 masters from Uni of Fla and Harvard,  will be leading the effort (attached is his presentation to us).  His team will have architects, economists, transportation experts, and civil engineers all working together to develop a plan for the growth area of Sumner County.  In addition, he will be asking for many of the local residents for their input before the plan is ever finalized.  Everyone will have the opportunity to participate and be heard.  His team also will help us update the county’s current and outdated zoning regulations to help us plan our growth.  This entire process may take 6-12 months but in the end, we all will be pleased with the results.

I am confident that with proper planning, we can help direct the growth of Sumner County in a manner that will make us proud and hopefully avoid the problems that result from poor or no planning. 

Bill
F. William Taylor DDS,MS