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What should the city’s Transportation 2030 plan emphasize most?

Response Percent Votes
Automobile transportation
44% 203
Public transit
36% 165
Bicycle transportation
12% 58
4% 19
1% 9
Total 454


Sigmund 10 years, 9 months ago

Mr. Fusion powered flying De Lorian DMC-12. Those Flux Capacitors require 21 gigawatts of electricity!

Sigmund 10 years, 9 months ago

somewhereintime, 1.21 gigawatts is for the base model. After you add factory air, 6 CD player with Bose sound, moon roof, and the new quantum time module with hyper-drive, you're going to be a lot happier with the 21 gigawatt Mr. Fusion Plus+ powerplant. Those options add up! Of course, your mileage may vary.

Oracle_of_Rhode 10 years, 9 months ago

It seems like most people have never heard of peak oil. Take a moment to learn about it, then you may choose to vote for bikes or public transit...

gccs14r 10 years, 9 months ago

2030 is as far into the future as 1984 is in the past. Think about the changes since 1984, especially geopolitical and economic changes, and extrapolate to determine if we'll even be able to afford cars in 2030. My guess is that we'll have crumbling, empty streets, an empty treasury, empty larders, and maybe someone else's flag flying over our government buildings.

Stew 10 years, 9 months ago

Just like Linus could not let go of his blanket so to the American's can not let go of their cars.

How do you call an American pig?


paavopetie 10 years, 9 months ago

lawrence, eudora, de soto, lenexa/olathe/overland park, and kansas city all need to start working on a light rail system to bring all of these cities together.

at the very least, amtrak could start an offering on their existing tracks between lawrence and downtown kc in the morning & evenings for commuters.

also, mr. fusion only powered the flux capacitor. the car engine still ran on ordinary gasoline. or didn't you see back to the future 3?

storm 10 years, 9 months ago

The City's Transportation 2030 Plan should emphasize sidewalks. There should painted markings at cross-walks. Sidewalks should have logical connectivity to stores and other amenities. Everyone is a pedestrian.

somewhereintime 10 years, 9 months ago

Sigmund, I was incorrect with my statement and should have read your post a little more thoroughly. The "original" DeLorian DMC-12 did require 1.21 gigawatts for the base model but the future one with all the amenities AND the hover conversion would require more wattage. I made a see easy that was?

Sigmund, I hope you can forgive me. I'm sorry.

Matthew 10 years, 9 months ago

Our Haskell-Baker wetlands are a local treasure, and have recently been designated as such in national circles. Please attend upcoming planning sessions and help ensure, that if SLT goes through, it will be SOUTH of Walkarusa River. Don't believe the proposed 31st Street "mitigations" You can't "mitigate" a nature-destroying highway through the heart of an irreplaceable national and local wetland treasure..

Rich Wenzel

tinman_6 10 years, 9 months ago

I would like to see a stronger focus on the streets that are in use now. I have noticed that the streets in the more upscale neighborhoods have been repaved when the streets in other areas, that are in a far worse state of disrepair, have been overlooked. Whether we are using the public transportation like we should, or are using the streets for our bicycles, walking or the occasional use of our motor vehicles, there are areas that need to be addressed. There is also a need for better public transportation. Realizing that we all at times will need to turn the keys in our own little smog factories, it will at the very least diminish the need to use them for every little trip to the store. This in turn would lower the traffic and extend the life of the current roads.

tinman_6 10 years, 9 months ago

And couldn't we all agree that there are a few things that we should all be doing to help the congestion. For instance, I found myself going to the same grocery store two and three times with in a days span. Gathering at a friends on the weekend and having trouble finding a place to park because we had all driven separately, though we passed near others homes on our way. A little planning can go along way...

tinman_6 10 years, 9 months ago

And could the city put a ban on those large SUV's ! Come on who really needs a Hummer !

tinman_6 10 years, 9 months ago

How do the city officials get around? Are they using old gas guzzlers? Or are they setting the standard with green vehicles?

redneck 10 years, 9 months ago

We are not going to stop driving pickup's or suv's anytime soon, so you need to stop bashing people who think differently. There may be a very good reason for some of us to drive a pickup or suv. Things are not always as they appear. My pickup is also a lot safer than those little cars in an accident, because it has a steel frame under it. I don't want to drive a beer can with wheels. I also have a disability & have to drive either a van or pickup. All the equipment that needs to be installed won't fit on a car or small vehicle. We need to consentrate on vehicle transportation. We have got to do something about the K10 bypass situation. If K10 can't be completed, then we need to make 31st east of Lousiana and Haskel up to 23rd 4 lanes. That area is getting to be a real mess with all the bus and truck traffic. The city officials need to check out different parts of the city during rush hour. Just think how much fuel we are burning and how much smog comes out of a vehile while it is idling for 10 minutes at some of these 4 way stops. It's unacceptable to have traffic backed up for 4 blocks. We have got to somehow get the truck traffic AROUND Lawrence & stop forcing them to drive through the middle of town. It is a mess!

redneck 10 years, 9 months ago

On other thing I forgot to mention. What is more important? Frogs or people? The wetlands were not created by nature. From what I've been told, the wetlands were created because the city routes most of the water from the storm drains to that area. The city also refused to address that issue. I was also told that the farmer, who owned it, decided that if he couldn't use the land because it was always flooded, he would donate it to Baker University. Do you really think that nature put the fence along 31st street? Here is my question. If MAN created the wetlands, is it really a nature preserve that has to be protected? Most nature preserves are simply an area of land that has been fenced off. We are not proposing that it be drained and developed. Do you think the smog from all those vehicles idling at 31st/Louisana and 31st/Haskel intersections might be harming the inhabitants of the wetlands? You have to take in to consideration that vehicles produce more pollution when they are idling. If we put the bypass through that would eliminate a lot of pollution.

idarastar 10 years, 9 months ago

We should definately enstate the idea of a city bicycle checkout. I've seen them in other countries. It's easy to get everywhere in Lawrence by bicycle. There should be bicycle rental near the major bus stops. You can ride the bus to an area of town and check out a bike and return it to the place, or just not use the public bus transportation at all, just bikes. That would be great! :) Of course there would need to be more planning involved, but it could definately work.

Richard Heckler 10 years, 6 months ago

Three-fourths of Americans believe that being smarter about development and improving public transportation are better long-term solutions for reducing traffic congestion than building new roads, according to a survey sponsored by the National Association of Realtors® and Smart Growth America.

The 2007 Growth and Transportation Survey details what Americans think about how development affects their immediate community. Nearly three-quarters of Americans are concerned about the role growth and development play in climate change, as well as remaining concerned about traffic congestion. Half of those surveyed think improving public transit would be the best way to reduce congestion, and 26 percent believe developing communities that reduce the need to drive would be the better alternative. Only one in five said building new roads was the answer.

Read more about 2007 Growth And Transportation Survey

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