Efforts are being made to determine if Montrose can be a little more pedestrian-friendly. Driving through the retail-heavy area can definitely be a challenge. Can you imagine navigating it on foot? Jason Segedy with Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study says Copley and Bath township officials want to find out ways to make it feasible.
"What happens when you get out of your car and what can we do to try to foster an environment where it's a little more pleasant to walk around when you're shopping," said Segedy.
But Segedy says it's not realistic to think that most people will park a vehicle in one place, then walk all over Montrose; however, people who might want to walk even a little bit face some barriers, including a lack of sidewalks along the portions of Route 18 that are not in the city of Fairlawn. He also cites a lack of "good connectors" between bus stops and stores. Plus, just trying to get across Route 18 is challenging, if not scary.
"If the environment were a little bit more human scaled and friendly to people as they walked around - both better looking and better functioning - I think there are some people that we could get out of their cars and that actually helps traffic problems," said Segedy.
Segedy says there is an overabundance of parking in some areas, so it's possible to make better use of the some of the available space. He says the Montrose Connecting Communities study is just getting started, so it will be 6-9 months before AMATS has anything to report.