We should place a top priority on enhancing City development that encourages more public transit and active transportation (walking and bicycling) to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Transportation in the US accounts for 27% of greenhouse gas emissions according to the EPA. Rochester, in their Climate Action Plan, finds that figure to be 24% for our community. That’s a big chunk of our carbon footprint.
If Rochester’s new comprehensive plan, Rochester 2034, can design for transit corridors that are attractive, where development builds on the communities already thriving in our neighborhoods, that makes it more likely that the public will achieve a lower carbon footprint. A robust public transit system is key to making our future livable by encouraging human growth—not parking lot sprawl.
Transit supportive development encourages a mix of complementary activities and destinations (e.g., housing, work, shopping, services, and entertainment) along major streets and centers. Transit supportive development helps create compact, vibrant communities where it’s easier for people to walk, bike, and use public transit to get around. (ROCHESTER MOBILITY ENHANCEMENT STUDY)
Everyone needs to get around for the necessities of life, comradeship, goods and service, and much more. With humanity’s numbers now passing seven billion, our transportation infrastructures are now critical for our existence. All of us, even pedestrians and bicyclists, use this infrastructure of roads and bridges.
Those with disabilities can have their ability to get around stymied at any point between their friends, groceries, health services, and bus stops. A sidewalk or a bus stop not cleared of ice can determine whether someone using a wheelchair gets to have access to the opportunities most of us have. So, designing our future to address Climate Change includes Environmental Justice.
Those wanting a community more walkable, friendlier, and inexpensive to live will love some of the ideas for a future Rochester.
Take a moment to help Rochester plan for its future with Climate Change in mind. Addressing Climate Change when planning for our future isn’t simply another tick-off point. It’s a decision to approach our children’s future sustainably.
Rochester needs your input on a transit supportive corroborators study. Please take this survey: TransitCorridorsRoc.metroquest.com (it will go on until mid-March). As part of its Comprehensive Plan, Rochester 2034, the City is studying which major streets have the best potential for “transit supportive development.”
Also, the City is conducting public outreach to get input the morning of Saturday, February 10th from 9am-noon at the public market (see flyer).
In 2034 Rochester will be two hundred years old. Let’s give our children and grandchildren something to celebrate.