What do you think about Montrose, the region's largest shopping district?
Greater Akron’s regional planning agency, the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS), is partnering with Bath and Copley townships to find out.
AMATS is surveying residents to see how they think the Montrose area functions from a transportation and community development standpoint.
The survey invites those who shop, work and do business in Montrose to answer specific questions regarding walkability, signage, aesthetics and parking.
The survey may be found at this link: (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BetterMontrose)
AMATS Director Jason Segedy said, “We want to find out what people think about the transportation system and the built environment in the Montrose area. It has long been identified as a trouble spot in terms of traffic congestion, but we are interested in diving a bit deeper into the experience that people have once they get out of their vehicle," AMATS Director Jason Segedy said in a news release.
He said AMATS wants to find out how to make the area friendlier to pedestrians, cyclists and bus riders, as well as giving business owners a stronger sense of community by upgrading the appearance.
The survey is funded through an AMATS Connecting Communities Planning Grant, which focuses on integrating land use and transportation planning decisions.
Bath and Copley townships received the $50,000 grant in May to develop a plan for pedestrian improvements and visual aesthetics. The survey is meant to provide baseline data that will allow AMATS and its partners to begin to develop the plan.
AMATS and the townships expect the plan to be complete by next fall and hope to use a combination of federal and local funds to implement the transportation recommendations in the plan.
The survey is just one component of a major public involvement process that will include social media, one-on-one meetings with business owners and public forums for residents, shoppers and workers.