LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Hoppe promotes healthy transportation choices in Columbia

Thursday, March 29, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

Barbara Hoppe’s opponent, Bill Tillotson, supports the vision of a “growing network of paths, trails and multi-modal streets … which promote a more healthy lifestyle. ...” Nevertheless, when he was a Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission liaison to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission, he failed to make a single meeting in 2011, prompting them to request another liaison. We can count on Barbara Hoppe to spend the time needed to be an effective and responsive City Council member: initiating, encouraging, communicating and problem-solving for the good of Columbia.

Barbara Hoppe also has a long history of promoting healthy transportation choices in Columbia. She was named 2011 Healthy Community Person of the Year. She led the year-long effort to preserve and acquire Stephens Lake Park and co-chaired the city's first Parks Ballot Initiative in 2000 that established designated funds for parks and trails. She served on the street design standard task force prior to being on the council, which met for a year and developed complete street design standards. On the council, she has supported and voted on many trails, pedways, sidewalks and intersection improvements and bike lanes. She also worked with neighborhoods to craft alternative trails, when needed, to make them more neighborhood friendly.

Hoppe has worked with the Safe Routes to School planning group at Shepard Elementary School for two years and was successful in reducing the residential speed limit citywide to 25 mph and many other improvements in the neighborhood, making walking to school and crossing the street safer for children. She also participates several times a year in the Walking School Bus program.

Barbara Hoppe has shown that she truly cares about Columbia in every area and has the knowledge, persistence and openness to collaborate and get things done. Please vote for her on April 3.

Dee Dokken is a Columbia resident.

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