We should strive to make Mesa the most bicycle friendly city in the country. We certainly have the weather and the space for it.
The canals stretch for miles all around the city and are away from traffic. Let's utilize this resource and fully build out a network of multi-use paths. The completion of the Stadium Connector path means that we now have a artery to build onto. And the great news is there are some easy wins to make this a much bigger off-street network already.
My suggestion is to fully connect what we have done so far between the Tempe Canal, Sun Circle Trail, and Eastern Canals. There are a few stretches that if filled in would go a long way. After that, we can put a path on the unused canals banks to make every part of Mesa reachable.
This needs to happen. In fact we voted on it in 2012 and we were supposed to get a city center. In fact there's a few million dollars we should have allocated to do such.
The plan was laid out here: www.mesaaz.gov/about-us/city-p...
Not sure if the city center was completely tossed out in favor of the proposed ASU campus. Would be nice to get an update on things.
Macdonald from Main to Pepper would be great for this. People could still drive on center or Robson.