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May 25th, 2010
Letter: Openess to outside ideas yields smart projects like C.M. Allen reconfiguration


I would like to take this opportunity to thank the city manager and other city staff along with my fellow colleagues on the city council for their support of an idea that was promoted at an urban planning conference I attended last year.

If you have not had the chance to drive along the newly striped C. M. Allen Parkway you should find the time to take a look. Using a concept gaining popularity in other communities called “road dieting,” we were able to take a four-lane street and, with re-striping, add almost 170 additional parking spaces for users of our city’s parkland, set aside ample area for bicycle lanes in both directions and maintain traffic flow equal to previous operating levels, all while making a more compatible environment for the co-existence of both bicycle and vehicular traffic.

This solution resolves a number of nagging issues that we all faced with C. M. Allen Parkway in its previous configuration. What used to be one of the worst streets to ride a bike on has been transformed to one of the best. Today, I rode down the newly striped roadway and found almost capacity use of this new design. Truly, C. M. Allen Parkway represents a gateway entrance into our city from Interstate 35 past our ball fields, newly re-furbished tennis courts and the city’s playscape and of course, Rio Vista Falls on the San Marcos River.

Collective leadership and action by adopting useful urban ideas from other parts of the country allows for a better use of our roadways to create a better sense of place here in San Marcos. Please send your thoughts of this new design to me at and, with your help, we can take this example of smart growth design and adopt similar solutions throughout our city.

San Marcos City Council, Place 6

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One thought on “Letter: Openess to outside ideas yields smart projects like C.M. Allen reconfiguration

  1. I did think it was very funny to pull up to the four way at Cheatham and CM Allen and see two cars, side by side on CM Allen going East. The one in the far left couldn’t understand (as she was on the other side of the yellow line) why I wouldn’t turn left until she went. I really hope she wasn’t in that lane right from Hopkins : )

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