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The city continuously looks to improve infrastructure to aid in safe transportation routes for bicyclists and pedestrians. Throughout the month of September, city staff and volunteers will be conducting the annual bicycle and pedestrian count. These counts help measure changes in the number of people biking and walking and to also determine whether improvements are needed or should be prioritized at the count sites. For more information about the count, visit www.HarrisonburgVA.gov/bicycle-pedestrian-count

Describe transportation infrastructure improvements that you feel are needed. Describe locations for new sidewalks, sidewalk ramps, shared use path or trail, painted crosswalks, bike racks, etc. and/or improvements to existing infrastructure such as locations where utility poles or signs block sidewalks, bike lane markings could be improved, etc. 

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Sherrie Good over 3 years ago

Winchester has the cutest pedestrian mall I have ever seen in this country. Harrisonburg could do the same by turning court square into a pedestrian mall. I was in Winchester last Friday, and the pedestrian mall was packed. Business was booming. I do congratulate harrisonburg on all of the really nice bike paths that are part of planning. Now what we need is public transportation to DC and Richmond. From those cities, we can travel on to other destinations.

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Virginia Cutchin over 3 years ago

This is a lovely and friendly city but a HARD SELL. I do a lot of work with Chinese professionals and students...and would love to do more. But why would they come here if they can go to other nearby cities with easier access to Charlottesville, Richmond, Winchester and Washington, DC? The lack of public transportation to points outside the city is SO unfortunate and, parenthetically, hurting MY business. Can't we have at least a BUS - like Megabus or Bolt Bus???

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Thomas Jenkins over 3 years ago

Reservoir and Hill Street near Route 33 east need sidewalks and improvements. There are no sidewalks on Hill Street making it a challenage to get to the cross walk for Route 33. Once you do cross the Route 33 from Hill to Reservoir the sidewalk is too narrow and in poor condition. I have been riding my son to school (Spotswood Elementary) and this is very challenging and a barrier for most familie and kids trying to walk or ride from the Northeast Neighborhood to Spotswood School.

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Amanda Cannon over 3 years ago

In support of the Hill Street improvements mentioned above - a speed hump (similar to Franklin/Ott intersection) would be of great benefit at the intersection of Hill and Gay. The Gay St. stop sign at the intersection with Hill is the first stop sign in the four blocks after the Mason St intersection - meaning most cars barely stop or slow at the intersection and cars fly down Hill St. Many drivers use Gay St as a parallel to Market St (as Franklin and Bruce used to be utilized on the other side of Market prior to the installation of diversions). It would be great if the residents and young children of the Northeast neighborhood received the same consideration as those living in Old Town.

A crosswalk is needed on West Bruce Street between the gravel lot and the Ice House. Downtown Harrisonburg definitely needs additional parking to support businesses downtown. The Water Street deck is ALWAYS full.

And like many residents, I would appreciate and utilize public transportation heading to DC, Charlottesville and Richmond!

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David Miller over 3 years ago

Couldn't agree more about needing more parking in Downtown (directly affects my business!) and the cross walk idea on Bruce. This morning I witnessed two people unsuccessfully (almost killed) navigating a crossing there.

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David Miller over 3 years ago

As a biker I realized three weeks ago that South Main beyond the new bypass is completely unnavigable by bicycle. The bike lane ends, then the sidewalk ends. I'm sure its in the long term plan but I wanted to point it out just in case.

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Andrew Strack over 3 years ago

Install sidewalks/crosswalks at Vine and Old Furnace. There are many townhome developments on Old Furnace with high population density that are completely cut off from being able to walk to Ralph Sampson park, downtown Harrisonburg, and any other points of interest.

I see similar problem points beyond that - on Old Furnace at the intersection of Tower street, the sidewalk ends, and no crosswalk to link to the other side. No sidewalk on Tower street to link to the park, even though there appears to be plenty of room on (presumably) city owned property.

In driving around, seems like the neighborhoods in this area are plagued with similar issues - no sidewalks on major roads where people are trying to move.

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Pankaj Patel over 3 years ago

We need footpath wide enough for walker and bicyclist on either side Country Club Road. With a college, hotel, Residents, Fast food and back entrance to Kroger plaza, safety for cyclist and walker is of paramount concern.

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Chance Ebersold over 3 years ago

A few things I have noticed. The sidewalks on south mason are in various states of disrepair. The sidewalk on one side of the road stops abruptly half way up east Wolfe. Traffic calming needs to be improved on all residential streets. Maybe making more intersections 4-way stops?

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Lori Lichti over 3 years ago

Sidewalks on Country Club Rd. so that students can walk or bike safely to Smithland Elementary and Skyline Middle Schools.

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