Improving Walkability & Bus Commuter Friendliness
of Perinton and neighboring areas
We are proud to live in a town recognized by the American Hiking Society as a Trail Town USA. Now, we ask Perinton to extend the benefits of walking to all pedestrians and bicyclists, creating safe corridors for travel connecting places of recreation, worship, education, commerce, entertainment, and others.
The responsibility of creating a desirable walkable community lies squarely with the Town. The benefits will not only satisfy residents, visitors and home buyers but will also address issues of accessibility, inequality and our carbon footprint.
The project's first priority:
To connect the towns of Perinton and Penfield by completing sidewalks on Route 250 where the towns meet. Motorists have long had a comfortable way to travel between towns at 45 mph; now pedestrians and bicyclists deserve that same access.
This is a newly-forming effort by a few people in Color Fairport Green and Color Penfield Green.
Please let us know if you would like to join the conversation and be involved in these infrastructure improvements!
Contact Natasha at CFG to
join this team.
For further reading:
Perinton’s 2016 Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan
Harvard Health Publishing “5 surprising benefits of walking” - it counteracts the effects of weight promoting genes, helps tame a sweet tooth, reduces the risk of developing breast cancer, eases joint pain, and boosts immune function.
A fantastic 2016 White Paper by the US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center: “Pursuing Equity in Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning” This paper contains many helpful links for anyone wanting to take a deeper dive into why this is an environmental justice issue, using language that is clear and easy to understand.
By the Center for Science Education, based on work supported by the National Center for Atmospheric Research, a major facility sponsored by the National Science Foundation and managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research: “How Do We Reduce Greenhouse Gases” Hint: create ways to get around that don’t require fossil fuels.
Route 250 Corridor Study (2008). Though this report focuses on development (primarily housing), it has great maps, data, and descriptions specific to conditions on Route 250.