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Old Posted Jun 11, 2008, 2:01 PM
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{SA} The Hike and Bike Lifestyle coming to SA (finally)

Bout time this happened! One more reason to love SA now!


First steps on bike trails

Web Posted: 06/11/2008 12:13 AM CDT

By Colin McDonald
Express-News

There used to be satanic graffiti along Salado Creek, and Diane Williams was afraid of what she might come across walking the shaded streambed.
“Now it's nice,” she said. “Lot more people.”

Instead of sinister characters, Williams and her husband met middle-aged mountain bikers, couples holding hands and children learning to ride a bike Sunday.

The first 2 miles of the Salado Creek Greenway will officially open in August. But locals like the Williamses already are filling the trails on weekends. They walk around the construction equipment and hop over the runoff barriers that are in place as contractors finish the concrete path that will be at the center of the park and completed in July.

The trail is the first part of what the city plans to make a 22-mile-long park dedicated to walking and biking — one more green space city officials hope will lure residents outside and promote healthier living.

The linear park is part of a $45 million, sales-tax-supported project that also will put 15 miles of trails along Leon Creek and 11 more along the Medina River.

Building the parks has been a pet project of former Mayor Howard Peak for more than a decade, and he envisions the paths connecting the city into a grid of corridors for pedestrians and nonmotorized vehicles.

“We are in a position where people are suddenly going to hear a lot of this is on the ground,” said Peak, now chairman of the Linear Creekway Parks Advisory Board, which oversees the construction of the parks.

When Peak was a city councilman in the 1990s, he went looking for land on San Antonio's North Side to turn into parks. He did not find much, but tucked between the crowded cul-de-sacs of the subdivisions were the streams and drainages the developers had to skip over because any house built along them could potentially be washed away.

Elected mayor in 1997, Peak pushed for walkways and bike paths along these waterways — a combination and expansion of the River Walk and Mission Trail.

In 2000 and 2005, voters approved a 1/8-cent additional sales tax for the city to use to buy land along the drainage corridors for trail construction. Until now, Peak and the board focused on purchasing those properties.

“People are going to realize, slowly but surely, that these creeks are assets,” Peak said. “They have always been considered liabilities.”

Now with most of the land secure, the city is starting the construction phase, with most projects slated to begin between 2008 and 2010 and be finished by 2013.

The end result will be more than 40 miles of trails allowing bicyclists and pedestrians to cover large swaths of the city while rarely having to deal with motorized traffic.

“We are behind” in making San Antonio bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly, Peak said, “but we are not as behind as one might think.”

Once the three big parks are in place, Peak said, his vision is to reach “critical mass,” where residents will be clamoring for more trails. He's eyeing the creeks' tributaries as places to build more trails. Then he sees those trails being combined with sidewalks and bike paths along the city's surface streets so people could safely navigate San Antonio without having to use a car.

“It's taken San Antonio a long time to realize that people really want quality of life,” said Ray Knox, president of the San Antonio Friends of the Park Association. “People want to enjoy their recreation.”

On Sunday, more bicyclists and dog walkers descended into the Salado Creek bed to explore the landscape. There were fathers leading their sons on bike rides and families walking their toy poodles by the live oaks and limestone cliffs.

“It's like a little oasis in the middle of a subdivision,” said Patti Hale, who rode the trails of Salado Creek for the first time that day. “It felt like you were 100 miles from San Antonio, but it's in our backyard.”
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Always a good thing to get people out on their bicycles.
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Old Posted Jun 11, 2008, 3:21 PM
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I'd like to see some nice dog parks built. Ones with water features.
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Old Posted Jun 11, 2008, 3:34 PM
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The city oughta put in more bike lanes. Lots of people use Broadway as a bike corridor.
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Web Posted: 02/04/2010 12:00 CST
Safe-passing ordinance is about changing behavior

Veronica Flores-Paniagua -

Sometimes it takes a tragedy to move a community to change its ways. How many will it take in San Antonio?

City Council today is set to vote on a safe-passing ordinance that could make roads safer for bicyclists, joggers and other “vulnerable road users.” The ordinance, approved by a City Council committee last month, would require drivers to change lanes to avoid vulnerable road users when possible, or give them three feet of clearance. The language in the ordinance mirrors what state lawmakers approved last year, only to have Gov. Rick Perry veto it at the last minute.

In San Antonio, drivers who hit pedestrians or bicyclists rarely face legal consequences, even when the injured or deceased have followed the rules, as Express-News writer Colin McDonald recently reported. Bicycle advocates say the pattern is repeated throughout the state.

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http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/loc..._behavior.html
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Very good news. San Antonio has now joined Austin in the new law. The two are the only two cities in the state with such laws.

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Council OKs safe-passing ordinance

By Tracy Idell Hamilton - Express-News

Bicyclist Ryan Wohlrabe stood in front of the City Council on Thursday, his arm in a sling tucked inside his flannel shirt.

Riding south on Silicon Drive two weeks ago, he was hit by a car as he pedaled through the intersection at De Zavala Road. The northbound driver never saw him.

Minutes later, the council approved the new road rules, which require motorists to change lanes when passing a cyclist, pedestrian or other “vulnerable road user.” If changing lanes isn’t possible, and if conditions allow, drivers must give three feet of clearance when they pass.

The city will launch an education campaign this spring to emphasize to San Antonio drivers they legally have to share the road with users who’ll always lose in a collision with 2,000 pounds of steel.
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