Lander Carries Active Transportation Momentum into 2022

After a productive year in 2021 in terms of Active Transportation improvements, Lander, WY is keeping their Active Transportation mojo going in 2022.  We just received a report from Wyoming Pathways’ own Michael Kusiek about a recent meeting in Lander detailing the plans for the Lander Sidewalks Improvement Project.  Michael attended the meeting and learned about the exciting safety improvements planned for the sidewalks and crossings near Gannett Peak Elementary School that are part of the Project.  It’s great to see these improvements continuing in Lander following last year’s Active Transportation improvements along the Main Street/Highway 287 corridor in-town. Per Michael,

“Kyle Lehto with HDR, presented the work planned to improve safety and the sidewalks and crossings for Gannett Peak Elementary.  Gannett Peak serves K-3 students and is the very definition of a “neighborhood school”.  Property owners who might be affected by the sidewalk and crossing upgrades were encouraged to attend and share their concerns and ask questions.

The Mayor, Assistant Mayor, and two City Council members also attended.  Folks questions ranged from how the project will be paid for (TAP grant matched with 1% money for infrastructure approved by voters), to potential modifications to driveways, landscaping, and sprinkler systems.  Suggestions included having “bump-out” curbing at crosswalks to slow traffic (Michael Kusiek), to moving crosswalks away from vehicle entrances, to having regular updates from HDR about the suggestions and any changes.”

Again, it’s great to see that Active Transportation Improvements and bike and pedestrian safety are a priority in Lander and they are moving forward with these improvements to make Lander a better and safer place to bike and walk, especially for the kiddos.

The pictures show: 1. The area affected (red lines = sidewalks, red dots = crossings) 2. How various driveway designs affect safety, ADA concerns, and impacts on front yard space, 3. A “pop-up” trial of what the new sidewalk would look like in terms of space utilized in the drop off zone (5 foot sidewalk which ends at the temporarily painted yellow line, ending in the same curb design currently on the right side of the mom and child—leaving an 11 foot, one way lane for drop off.)”