Features and documents
University Transportation Research Center: "Analysis of Bicycling Trends in Large North American Cities"
Trek Bicycle's CEO, John Burke, addresses the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Hearing: "Improving and Reforming the Nation's Surface Transportaion Programs"
A project to construct a trail and sidewalks from Doling Park to the current Link on Summit Avenue at Kearney Street is expected to be complete in December 2013. The project extends The Link 0.7 mile to Doling Park providing a needed connection between Doling Park and the Robberson School neighborhood.
The Link is an accessible route for walking and bicycling along low volume slow speed streets through Springfield's core linking existing and planned greenway trails and activity centers. The ultimate goal is to develop a system of shared-use routes that creates an experience of comfort and safety, similar to that of walking or riding on a greenway trail. The landscaping, fixtures, and materials along The Link are planned to be better than along a typical city street.
The Link connects more than just greenways. By routing The Link through the core of Springfield, it connects neighborhoods; other modes of travel; and retail, services and employment activity centers. The centers include:
- Commercial Street
- Drury University
- Ozarks Technical Community College
- The IDEA Commons
- Jordan Valley
- Hammons Field (Cardinal’s minor league team)
- Missouri State University
- Mercy Health Campus
- Battlefield Mall
- Cox Health Campus
Three miles of The Link are open from Baptist Bible College to Missouri State University. The route passes through or adjacent to historic Commercial Street District, Drury University, Ozarks Technical Community College, Hammons Field, and University Plaza Convention and office district, with connection to North Jordan Creek Trail and Jordan Valley Trail. This initial route in north and central Springfield is where many of the City's low- and moderate-income neighborhoods are located. This route provides alternative transportation for residents that need it the most.
Where The Link intersects a greenway trail or a transit route, Link Stations are planned. Link Stations are shelters with amenities such as benches, water fountains and bike racks and bike pumps. This will allow residents to ride a bus to The Link and continue their trips on foot or by bicycle. All City Utilities’ buses have bicycle racks. There are also plans to demonstrate innovative storm water solutions to reduce localized drainage issues and improve the environment along The Link.
The Link, like the greenway system, will take a number of years to complete. All of the funding is not available to complete The Link. A Concept Plan is being developed for the routes shown on the concept map to provide designs for signage along all routes and infrastructure improvements such as sidewalks, pavement markings, traffic signal modifications, lighting, storm water improvements, link stations, and landscaping along the entire north-south corridor.
Several projects are underway to extend The Link to a 7.8 mile route by summer of 2014. A 0.7 mile sidewalk and trail project will extend The Link to Doling Park. Sidewalk improvements are underway in the Phelps Grove, University Heights, and Seminole/Holland neighborhoods. Street crossings will be improved on Sunshine Street at Kimbrough Avenue and on Sunset Street east of Kimbrough Avenue. A round-about will be built at the intersection of Walnut Lawn Street and Maryland Avenue, the north access to the Cox Health Campus.