Survey shows desire for ‘complete streets’ in Bellevue
If respondents to a Bellevue survey get their way, a bicycle trail will connect Fort Crook Road to downtown Omaha, sidewalks will be installed around the city and public transportation will whisk residents to any point within the Omaha metropolitan area.
Those were among the conclusions of a survey conducted by Bellevue’s Complete Streets Committee and released in October.
Responses from 130 residents provided the committee with guidance concerning transportation options, traffic control and street and highway safety.
“Complete Streets” is a concept that has been gaining ground across the United States. Proponents advocate building communities that rely less on automobiles and more on mass transit, bicycle trails and pedestrian-friendly sidewalks.
Bellevue’s committee is affiliated with the National Complete Streets Coalition, which believes that a complete street should accommodate all users, not just motorists.
The Bellevue City Council has declared its intent to build a pedestrian-friendly city.
The committee, whose members are appointed by the mayor, is tasked with guiding Bellevue toward that goal.
Donna Dostal, who manages public transportation issues for Bellevue’s committee, said the group will present its findings to the council before the end of the year.
Highlights of the survey’s findings include:
» Building bicycle trails: along Fort Crook Road to downtown Omaha, from Olde Towne to the Keystone Trail, and from there to downtown Omaha.
» Expanding roads: Capehart Road from 36th Street to 84th Street; 48th Street from Nebraska Highway 370 to Platteview Road; 36th Street from Highway 370 to Platteview Road; and 25th Street south of Highway 370.
» Improving intersection safety all along Fort Crook Road.
» Installing sidewalks: along the east side of Fort Crook Road from Cornhusker Road to Victoria Avenue, and throughout Olde Towne.
» Enhancing bus service: Offer routes to area medical centers and prominent retail and commercial areas within Sarpy County. Offer earlier and later travel times and offer more frequent trips to areas of interest. Provide service from western Bellevue to any point in the metro area.
— World-Herald News Service