Aberdeen Seeking Input Tuesday on Pedestrian Plan
The town of Aberdeen is seeking input from residents on a proposed new pedestrian plan.
An open house will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Aberdeen Lake Park.
“We would like the public to come out to provide input on what works and what doesn’t for pedestrians in Aberdeen,” Planning Director Kathy Liles said.
The plan is being created by Greenways Inc., a Durham-based environmental consulting firm.
Aberdeen received a grant from the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to develop the plan. The town hired Greenways Inc. in December.
The goals of the plan are:
n Reduce residents’ dependency on automobiles and provide alternative means of accessing destination points within the town.
n Reduce the number of pedestrian-auto crashes over the 2010-2020 decade by 50 percent from the 1997-2007 number of 28 as measured by NCDOT.
n Increase the miles of off-road greenway trails from one to six by 2020.
n Make downtown Aber-deen and Aberdeen Park more accessible by foot for residents living east of Sandhills Boulevard, especially Aberdeen’s older, low-income and minority residents.
Greenways Inc. also helped create a comprehensive bike plan for Southern Pines, which was adopted last June.
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