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April 3, 2018 > Letter to the editor: Greenway applauded

Letter to the editor: Greenway applauded

A new pedestrian/bicycle pathway will connect the Alameda Creek Trail to Lake Elizabeth via a Union Pacific Railroad easement within several years. The city of Fremont is in negotiation to acquire 1.7 miles of right-of-way from Union Pacific Railroad for three million dollars, for development of the new multi-use trail. This path will enhance our city parks, improve transportation safety by separating automobiles from pedestrians/cyclists and provide a new commute option for citizens.

Fremont residents support construction of new linear parks to make our city more bike and pedestrian-friendly and to reduce the number of deaths due to vehicular collisions impacting pedestrians and cyclists. Expanded greenways will also add more useable open space, reduce greenhouse gases and improve local property values. Suzanne Wolf, Director of Community Services, notes that Òthe proposed trail is. . .[one] segment of a larger regional trail [the East Bay Greenway] that is ultimately envisioned to stretch from Oakland to Milpitas.Ó The trail is modeled on the Iron Horse Trail, that stretches from Concord to Pleasanton. The following link has maps, reports and more info:

We encourage the expansion of linear parks and support the separation of automobiles from pedestrians and cyclists. Vision Zero will work more effectively if we can create more bike and pedestrian friendly paths in our city. We encourage Fremont residents to work together to make our city safer for all residents.

wm. yragui
Mission Peak Conservancy

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