Two Important Projects Up for Discussion Today

17 Sep

From Max Hepp-Buchanan, Director of BikeWalk RVA:

The Richmond City Council transportation committee is meeting today to discuss the potential use of federal Transportation Alternatives funding to pay for two really important bike/ped projects: 1) the downtown protected bike lane (aka “cycle track”) couplet on Main and Franklin, and 2) the Cannon Creek Greenway Connector project. They are meeting at 3pm and we have an opportunity right now to shower them with love for these two projects.

I’ve created an action page where people can quickly and easily write the members of the transportation committee in support of these projects: http://bit.ly/1516HSA

Please consider sending the provided message or your own before 1 p.m. today (the committee meets at 3 p.m.).  It’s important for council representatives to know that we are aware of these projects and support them.

The cycle tracks will provide separated bicycle lanes in downtown east of Belividere on Franklin (eastbound) and Main (westbound), and a blend of facilities to connect the Cannon Creek Greenway to Shockoe Bottom via Oliver Hill Way.  These are projects (along with the Floyd bicycle boulevard) that the city is trying to complete before the championships come to town in 2015.

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8 Responses to “Two Important Projects Up for Discussion Today”

  1. billyboneparte42 September 17, 2013 at 10:47 PM #

    Dammit, I got this too late. I would have totally have sent that support. Thanks for your effort though.

  2. gwelymernans September 17, 2013 at 8:24 PM #

    I don’t understand the obsession with sharrows. I commute from Malvern Gardens to Downtown every day, taking Floyd and Franklin/Grace, all roads with sharrows, and they are completely useless. The people who already care are safe and polite, the people who have issues with sharing the road don’t care if there are painted bikes on the road. Brookland Parkway is a low-traffic 4-lane road that could have easily been converted into a 2-lane road with a nice bike lane on either side. Why waste time putting in sharrows?

  3. gwelymernans September 17, 2013 at 8:23 PM #

    I found this info on the Cannon Creek Greenway: http://www.richmondgov.com/procurement/documents/bids/CB_J140002935_BikeConnectorPlan.pdf

    Do you have any similar documents related to the Main/Franklin project? Also, are there any specific plans for the Floyd boulevard?

    • bikeablerichmond September 18, 2013 at 2:08 AM #

      Thanks for the link. I had not seen those plans, and I totally agree with you about Brookland Park. I’ll be disappointed if sharrows go in there as appears on the plans. I’ll follow up on this and see if there have been any changes to the plans, and if not, why the sharrows.

    • bikeablerichmond September 18, 2013 at 2:10 AM #

      Oh, and about the other projects: I think the preliminary plans for Main/Franklin and for Floyd are still being drawn up.

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