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More sidewalks could be coming to Albany

Area leaders want people to be safe while they're walking or riding a bike (Source:WALB) Area leaders want people to be safe while they're walking or riding a bike (Source:WALB)
The Complete Streets Policy would allow for more sidewalks and bike lanes (Source:WALB) The Complete Streets Policy would allow for more sidewalks and bike lanes (Source:WALB)
Albany Dougherty Planning Director Paul Forgey (Source:WALB) Albany Dougherty Planning Director Paul Forgey (Source:WALB)
Bike lanes could be found all throughout Dougherty County (Source:WALB) Bike lanes could be found all throughout Dougherty County (Source:WALB)
Chris Phillips, Runner and Wildside Running Owner (Source:WALB) Chris Phillips, Runner and Wildside Running Owner (Source:WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Albany residents could soon see more sidewalks in the area.

City and county leaders are interested in a new policy that would promote safer streets.

Dawson Road is always buzzing with traffic. Cars zoom by leaving no room for pedestrians or cyclists.

Chris Phillips owns Wildside Running. He told WALB News 10 that he’s tried running along Dawson Road before.

“I can’t do it. You have to wait until it’s very late. It’s very dangerous,” Phillips said.

But city and county leaders are looking into adopting a Complete Streets Policy that would hopefully create safer roads.

“It’s centered around making streets and transportation networks friendly for everybody,” Albany Dougherty Planning Director Paul Forgey said.

Forgey said streets are typically made to be used for cars, but the new policy would make area roads accessible to various modes of transportation.

“It’s not that in certain cases we will put sidewalks in, we will consider it every time we make a transportation investment,” Forgey added.

Phillips, who runs with a group of runners every Tuesday night, said he welcomed the idea of safer streets.

“If we could jump on Dawson Road and run towards the mall or up to some of the restaurants and get something to eat and drink and then jog back,” Phillips said.

The planning director said adding these types of safety features will improve the area’s quality of life.

“If we implement Complete Streets, there will be bike lanes and sidewalks that are safe for everyone in the county,” Forgey said.

It’s great news for Phillips. He said his customers are always asking about the safest places to run.

“We get that question all of the time. And our answer is here at the store, or Darton, or the Veranda,” Phillips said.

Forgey and his team will draft a proposal that will eventually be put in front of both governments for adoption.

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