An Angry, Yet Rational Transportation Thoroughfare Plan Open House
At first I wasn’t going to go to the Thoroughfare Plan Open House (Thursday 9/30, 6pm) because I didn’t see any mention of bikes. I thought that I had done my civic duty by attending the bike plan meetings. Well, apparently there is a special plan rolled into the Thoroughfare plan: the road diet of Abram from Cooper to Collins. It will mean bike lanes and on-street parking for downtown. Great right?
Unfortunately a few businesses on Abram don’t see it that way. They are planning to attend Thursday’s meeting to let our elected officials know they oppose any such progress.
Upon hearing this I got angry. And I cleared my busy playboy calendar so I could attend to show my support for the Abram St road diet, on-street parking and bike lanes.
I would like to see you clear your busy calendars as well, my Bike Friendly people, and show your support for bike lanes by coming to the second floor of City Hall on Thursday 9/30 at 6pm.
When you get there, please feel free to:
-Mark on the maps with your comments and support for the bike lanes on Abram St;
-Talk with council people about your support for the street diet;
-Engage representatives from the opposition, letting them know that bike activity would increase business, not take away from it.
If you feel the need to arm yourself with some talking points, you can glean a few from these studies:
http://www.emilydrennen.org/TrafficCalming_full.pdf & http://www.emilydrennen.org/research_trans.shtml
http://www.ceosforcities.org/work/walkingthewalk (more on home values but good stuff for sure)
http://www.americawalks.org/resources/benefitsofawalkablecommunity/ (number of studies here)
http://www.americantrails.org/resources/economics/index.html (number of studies here)