Allentown has $30 million in unallocated water lease funds to use for whatever. I think they should use $10 million of that for the Connecting Our Communities bike trail network plan. This plan would paint dedicated bike lanes all over the city, with the goal of connecting all the city parks, and connecting the city to the county trail network. It’s a great idea that will raise property values and lay a foundation for greater mode share for pedestrians and bikes when the denser developments downtown come on line.
It looks like the Connecting Our Communities plan has suffered a setback at the hands of the Sharrows people, but I hope that city officials will see the folly in abandoning the push for dedicated green lanes and proceed with the original plan. This is not a frivolous way to spend this money – it is an investment in higher land values and greater walkability that will make the Neighborhood Improvement Zone even more attractive to urban infill developers.