The Greater Cheyenne Greenway is working on making the city more accessible for alternative transportation

Published: Jun. 23, 2021 at 7:38 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Greater Cheyenne Greenway is hosting a year-long celebration of their 30-year-anniversary. The past three decades have been spent working towards making the city more accessible for alternative transportation, like biking or running, by expanding their system.

The Greenway system is linked together with city streets, main roads, residential areas and parks. Greenway and Parks planner, Jeanie Vetter, said the Greenway is currently working with remaining 2017 6th Penny funds to improve the Greenway, the most recent connection being on Dey Avenue.

The Greenway was conceived through a grassroots group and a series of volunteers and has now evolved into a 45-mile long, re-enforced concrete, crosstown pathway to ensure pedestrians and bicyclists can ‘safely’ commute.

The Greenway and the city have collaborated to ensure the system is easily navigable and safe from motorized traffic.

“Right now, we have pretty much everybody in Cheyenne within the city, proper, is within a half of a mile of our Greenway Connection. It is a 45-mile system, which is just remarkable for a city our size,” said Vetter.

Vetter said the public should vote for the Greenway on the 6th Penny Project ballot because the Greenway not only aims at improving the community transportation industry, but also provides a long-term investment opportunity.

“What is really great about the system, now that it is really taking off, is that there is opportunity for a lot of public-private partnership, so developers will come in and want to do a new subdivision; if we can work together, then we are even doing better work for the taxpayers and Greenway users.”

The Greater Cheyenne Greenway does have a primary focus on expanding, but also making repairs to the older portions that have cracks, cleaning it up and making the paths ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible.

Vetter said those who want to get involved can Adopt-A-Spot on the Greenway, visit the municipal building to buy some 30th Anniversary SWAG or contact her office to see how to help.

“People love it. I don’t know why they wouldn’t; it’s just a great alternative transportation system. It is really a safe place to get your kids out and ride their bikes or walk. It’s just a really good thing,” said Vetter.

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