Mobility, Traffic Control, Bicycling & Alternatives

 

Mobility, or the lack of mobiity, remains a significant issue for The Woodlands as we complete our growth phase.  Mobility implies more than building new roads or expanding old roads to ease congestion and slow traffic.  Mobility can be greatly enhanced by controlling the traffic through optimal timing of traffic lights and studying the traffic flow at varying times of day.  Annual traffic studies are prepared, but we need to pay attention during the year to changes in traffic patterns and adapt to new flows.  In order to achieve optimal mobiity, we need to work closely with the counties as well as surrounding cities.  We should re-join the working groups at the HGAC to participate in the transportation planning for our greater area.  These working groups formulate the transportation plans and proposals and we do not need to be a city to participate with surrounding communities in planning our future transportation needs.

While dealing with vehicular travel is important, I also believe that we need to explore alternatives to exlusive use of personal vehicles, especially in the Town Center area.  No one solution would necessarily work for everyone, but by exploring alternatives, including bicylce and foot traffic, we can decrease the stress on our streets due to personal vehicles and still enocurage people to work, shop and dine in our Town Center.   Exploring options for outside the Town Center also makes sense, given our community’s layout and the heavy reliance on personal vehicles.  Even those who are not interested in alternative modes of transportation would benefit by others adopting alternative modes because it would reduce the number of personal vehicles on the roads.

In 2015, The Township adopted The Woodlands Mobility Plan, a comprehensive plan for all kinds of transportation within and outside of The Woodlands.  In 2016, the Townshpi adopted the Pedistrian and  Bicycle Master Plan in 2016 to establish and implement short term goals for greater activity on the pathways and for cyclists.  They maintain a Transporation Initiatives Reserve Fund of $978,000, but there has been not been development or implementation of plans utilizing this reserve fund, despite the adoption of these two studies.  Moreover, $2 million was taken from the Roads and Bridges reserve and the Transporation Fund and placed in the Incorporation Reserve last year.  Why have these monies not been utilized to address mobility, a pressing community need?  Are they being set aside to cover the cost of incorporation?


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