The qualities that make Davis special and desirable can be attributed, in part, to the bikeways in the newer parts of town on the periphery. Without these facilities where people feel safe riding bikes, car traffic on our streets would increase markedly, especially near schools twice a day. The more car traffic we have, the fewer families with children feel safe riding bikes. They choose to drive, and it’s a vicious cycle.
The Cannery Park development, without two well-designed, grade-separated paths across Covell Boulevard, would impact us in just this way, especially along J Street. On J Street near the proposed development, we already have a trouble spot where crosstown bicyclists (including school kids from Holmes Junior High, Davis High School and elementary schools) have to dodge cars at the entrance to a bike path heading toward Community Park and points north and west.
Let’s not degrade the conditions for current residents bicycling across town. Let’s preserve our quality of life and provide Cannery Park residents with the same high-quality bike connections as the rest of Davis. The City Council needs to follow the recommendations of two city commissions and insist on the two grade-separated bike crossings!