Town Center CID Thinking Forward

Survey’s In: Three Things We Learned from Town Center Bike Riders

During the month of October, our Thinking Forward series has focused on bikes and trails. For our fourth and final entry on this topic, we wanted to hear what it’s like from your side.

How do you bike in Town Center? What has your experience been like? What would make it even better? We decided to find out with a survey.

Here are our three main takeaways from cyclists in Town Center:

Bike shares convert pedestrians into riders.

84% of bike share users shared they did not ride regularly before joining our bike share program. This means our program created the opportunity to engage the community in a healthy activity while providing an alternate mode of transportation—bikes.

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An established system helps riders feel more comfortable on a bike, no matter how much experience they have.

Even if you’re a first timer—fear not! In our Zagster system, we’ve made it easier than ever to ride Town Center bikes. Nearly everyone we surveyed said the Zagster app is simple to use. We also found that having a paved trail encourages users to ride for an extended period of time. It seems like once you’re on—you’re hooked.

You want more connections!

User feedback is always important to us, so we asked what changes you’d like to see in our bike share program and trail network. The majority stated that more trails and trail improvements would make their experience even better. We hear you and we are doing what we can to make Town Center a user-friendly area – no matter what mode of transportation you choose.

SURVEY COMMENTS

“The Noonday Creek Trail feels safe and accesses so much.”
“The trails meander through scenic areas.”
“It’s a fun way to get around Kennesaw.”

What the Future Holds

Town Center’s trail and bike systems are a priority for the CID. Our goal, as with all our endeavors, is to make the district safe, clean and accessible. We are planning improvements in these areas:

  • Connectivity
    We will connect more trails, which includes building new branches to existing trails and all-new trails. We are actively exploring ways to improve current connections, such as the construction of a pedestrian bridge to cross over Cobb Parkway/U.S. 41 on the western side of the Noonday Creek Trail.
  • Wayfinding
    We want users to have the ability to more easily navigate our trail system. The CID has plans to add and update wayfinding signage and distance markers, as well as publish a map of the Noonday Creek Trail with marked points of interest.
  • Additions
    In the next expansion phase of the bike share program, the CID plans to add more bike stations closer to transit stops and commercially dense areas. This will provide more opportunities to use the bike share as an alternative means of transportation.
  • Cohesion
    The CID has corridor studies underway, which analyze how to coordinate infrastructure, land use, safety and mobility improvements to create an effective roadway for everyone. Bike lanes are an important element in this infrastructure planning, so it is reasonable to expect more bike lanes to be developed in the future.
  • Education
    We seek to be a resource for those interested in using bike shares for their accessibility, affordability, faster travel or last-mile connectivity. Therefore, we will continue to promote these benefits on our website and external communications. We also plan to further share our knowledge of planning concepts with more Thinking Forward series in the future.