By Sedona Vice-Mayor Scott Jablow
Sedona, AZ News: The City has complimentary goals of reducing reliance on fossil fuels and the resulting pollution as well as reducing traffic congestion. Sedona’s Community Plan includes a vision of a community that is more walkable and bike-able with less reliance on personal vehicles.
The city hopes to encourage people to leave their cars and walk, bike, or take public transportation by ensuring that the physical infrastructure to accomplish that is in place.
Towards that end, the City implemented shuttles to the trailheads, which is the first step in an ambitious program is to create a transit system that will eventually link Sedona to Cottonwood, VOC, and up the Canyon.
Once that system is in place, I believe we may be able to acquire land at the edges of the City where tourists can park their cars and use public transit to access Sedona’s attractions.
The shared-use pedestrian/bike paths are an important part of making Sedona a more walkable and bike-able community. As more paths are built throughout the community, residents will have safe alternative to driving everywhere they need to go.
You mean like the 400 foot shared use sidewalk to nowhere on the corner of 89A and pinon.? This project is costing the city $385,000.00. That is nearly one thousand dollars a foot! It is my understanding that the final cost will be much more than that. The project starts on 89A and ends 400 feet later on a blind curve. It will narrow the road even further and serves no purpose. The person or persons who approved and designed this useless waste of money should be terminated.
Perfect comment which is directed to the puff piece Scott story. Please Sedona voters we need a NEW Council & mayor 100%. Too many issues & unkempt promises made for the past 8 years.
Puff piece is right, and it’s total nonsense also. Sedona is already “walkable” and “bike-able.” Enough already.
Well RJ council been picked guess you didnt know that? Only thing left is mayor.
Can you tell me what any local politician promised? I sure never heard any promises?
They said they would work on traffic, workforce housing, STR…Do you think this is a magic wand to fix?
It takes time, money, and definitely takes studies, if you want to get help from other government agencies.
Or are you another one with no answers just complains about everything and has no clue how small government works?
Another reason to get rid of Jablow! Touting trailhead shuttles that were supposed to begin on the outskirts of town, but ended up in the center of town! Cars drive past the trailhead, so they can park in town, so the shuttle can take hikers back the way they just came, so they can take the shuttle back into town and drive their cars back through town to go home? Please tell me in what universe this reduces traffic, noise and the use of fossil fuels?
Now we have to wait until the entire shuttle system is in place before the City can acquire land on the outskirts of town for tourists to park?! Parking for tourists outside of town should’ve been the very first thing the SIM plan implemented! But as usual, everything the city does is bassackwards!
Assuming people want to walk on a concrete path next to traffic, when they can hike in nature is absurd! Shared use is also a complete joke! Walking and biking on the same path is inherently dangerous.
At some point I would love to understand why the city didn’t limit the number of operating/business licenses they gave to ATV companies. Now the City makes excuses like the State won’t let them stop the number of vehicles on the roads. There’s a very simple way to reduce the ATV’s and the damage they cause; don’t renew the business license! Just like they did to the last remaining uHaul company operating in Sedona. The City unilaterally decided to ban truck rentals in this town, but continues to let 13 ATV companies operate!
Hopefully Jablow will continue to write these ridiculous pieces that try and justify all the messes that he has helped create. No one knew how dumb the donkey was until he brayed!
1. Average age in Sedona is 56, I believe. In case the EXISTING council didn’t notice, which includes Mr. Jablow, expensive sidewalks are used mostly by dog walkers and a few joggers and you’re not saving the planet by reducing fossil fuel use for those going to doctors appointments, the movies or to the grocery. All while encouraging 4 million tourists to show up in their cars and diesel buses. Anyone see the insanity of this statement and policy other than to try and buy votes with empty uselesses promises?
2. Number one traffic backup is the Talaquepaque pedestrian crossing. Not the millions spent in uptown, that now backs up traffic to the Y due to bad design, or Forest road extension, or any other astronomical cost programs. The design for an under the bridge ADA compliant pedestrian walkway has been done for two years. And Mr. JABLOW said completion scheduled for 2022. Uh huh. Seen any hard hats out there? 2 Yeatr to build a walkway to substantially reduce 179 back uos? Still waiting.
ALL TALK…NO ACTION. Mr. Jablow, you’re the VICE MAYOR, #2 in city government. Get along go along. That’s not leadership. NO, it’s not your “turn” to be mayor.
Hey genius Jablow,
You had the chance to do something right over the past years when you were on the city council. You screwed up, it’s time for someone new.
It ain’t your turn.
Have any of you comments actually tried to bicycle around Sedona? I doubt it. I’ve been bicycling around Sedona for over a decade and the bike lanes on 89A do not meet federal standards and are frightening. It is easy to denigrate the bike lanes that have been built, but more importantly, what is the alternative you’re proposing? A six line 89a?
We have to get tourists out of their cars to keep them from strangling our city. I have yet to hear a single proposal that makes sense to accomplish that goal. Go ahead, make fun of bike lanes. But if 50% of the traffic in Sedona is bicycles, we wouldn’t have the traffic problems we have today. A single lane of bikes and e-scooters can carry seven times as many people as a single lane of automobile traffic. That is the reality. Deal with it!