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January 7, 2014

Experts to offer alternative transportation ideas

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At the time, there were some opposed to constructing sidewalks along State Street near where Home Depot is currently located. He said some may question where paths start, but building sidewalks is about creating a network for pedestrians.

For example, the sidewalks along State Street now connect with Daisy Lane and Green Valley Road. But he's quick to point out the purpose of adding sidewalks and pedestrian paths isn't to replace motor vehicles.

It's about options.

"Cars. They're here to stay. What you'd like to see is the ability to walk or bike," he said.

John influenced Beth not just by his profession but by how he and her mother chose to raise their family.

Beth said she didn't understand why her family chose to live in a historic downtown house in New Albany until she grew older and understood more about city planning and the impact it has on communities.

"My dad lives the policies he promotes," she said.

New Albany removed one traffic lane and added two bike lanes to Spring Street a few years ago. Bike lanes have also been added along portions of Silver Street and Charlestown Road.

It's healthier to walk or bike to a destination than driving, and it's also cheaper, John Rosenbarger said. If a family can eliminate the need for one of their vehicles by using alternate forms of transportation, that could easily save $6,000 or more a year in payments and maintenance costs, he continued.

There's also a social component to pedestrian travel. Both Rosenbargers touted the increased interaction with both nature and other people that pedestrians enjoy.

"When you walk you see things you don't see when you drive, and you experience more," John Rosenbarger said.

FAN Fair is designed to bring attention to environmental issues such as alternative transportation.

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