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Spokane’s bicycle greenways

A woman pays for vegetables as her child sits on a bicycle at a market in central Athens, on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. Investors hammered Greece's markets on Monday after the country's new government renewed a pledge to seek bailout debt forgiveness, setting up a clash with European lenders. (Petros Giannakouris / Associated Press)
A woman pays for vegetables as her child sits on a bicycle at a market in central Athens, on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. Investors hammered Greece's markets on Monday after the country's new government renewed a pledge to seek bailout debt forgiveness, setting up a clash with European lenders. (Petros Giannakouris / Associated Press)

This week, I wrote an article about bikes and pavement, and all the new bikeways coming to town this year.

In the story, I told of the planned Cincinnati Greenway, the first of three greenways the city is considering designating in coming years. For those unaware, a greenway is a street with  slow-moving, low-volume vehicular traffic that prioritizes bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Usually, the streets run through neighborhoods.

Plan for the Cincinnati Greenway, from 2012.
Plan for the Cincinnati Greenway, from 2012.

Though the Cincinnati Greenway is on the books, it doesn't have funding yet. When complete, it will connect two new bike routes and will create a nine-mile long bikeway between the East Central and Nevada-Lidgerwood neighborhoods. What I didn't mention in the story is the city, and a neighborhood coalition, has discussed other potential options for Spokane greenways.

The South Hill Coalition - which is made up of the Cliff-Cannon, Comstock, Lincoln Heights, Manito/Cannon Hill, Rockwood and Southgate neighborhoods - put together a "Connectivity and Livability Strategic Plan" last year. The plan included ideas for greenway network connecting the neighborhoods on the South Hill. 

South Hill Coalition map, 2014.
South Hill Coalition map, 2014.

One route would let cyclists ride from the Bluffs, at West 21st Avenue, all the way to Underhill Park in East Central. Another route would connect the Rocket Market on 43rd to Rockwood Boulevard. 

Also, a couple of years ago, the city did a report on four greenways: Aside the aforementioned Cincinnati, city staffers looked at Manito Boulevard, Walton Avenue and Everett Avenue.

The Manito Greenway would start at the Bluffs and cruise to Manito Park. In my humble opinion, this route is already kind of a greenway, and the only tough connection is at 29th.

Plan for Manito Greenway, from 2012.
Plan for Manito Greenway, from 2012.

The Walton Greenway, on the north side of town, would run east-west one block north of Garland. It would cross Division at Clark Park.

Plan for the Walton Greenway, from 2012.
Plan for the Walton Greenway, from 2012.

Everett Greenway would also run east-west, just south of Rowan Avenue.

Plan for the Everett Greenway, from 2012.
Plan for the Everett Greenway, from 2012.

What do you think? Are Spokane's first greenways gold? Or do they make you subside to grief? 



Nicholas Deshais
Joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He is the urban issues reporter, covering transportation, housing, development and other issues affecting the city. He also writes the Getting There transportation column and The Dirt, a roundup of construction projects, new businesses and expansions. He previously covered Spokane City Hall.

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