Bike Boulevard Action Alert!

27 Oct
Bicycle boulevard in Palo Alto, CA.  From Cyclelicio.us.

Bicycle boulevard in Palo Alto, CA. From Cyclelicio.us.

If you are a resident of the Fan or Museum District and support the Floyd Avenue bicycle boulevard project, we need your help!

Fan of the Fan reports that a resolution for the proposed bicycle boulevard is on the agenda for tomorrow (10/28) evening’s city council meeting.  This resolution has to pass in order for the city to pursue funding from the regional planning organization (MPO), which would fund 80% of the costs.  (Council recently passed a resolution in favor of a study to do preliminary engineering for the project).  We need to have the resolution passed at this meeting in order to have a chance to have the bike boulevard in place before the UCI races in 2015.

It’s really important for the representatives of affected districts (Samuels, Agelasto, and Baliles) to hear from residents who live on and around Floyd that they support the project.  This is a brand new kind of infrastructure for Richmond, and although many have expressed support for it, the skeptics sometimes get more attention than their numbers merit.  It’s far from guaranteed that the resolution will pass.

What Can I Do?

So if you live in the Fan or Museum District, please consider making your way to council chambers at 6 p.m. tomorrow night and sign up to speak in support of the project during the comment period.  Coming in person makes a much bigger impression than sending an email, but if that’s your only option, email addresses are below:

Charles Samuels: Charles.Samuels@richmondgov.com

Parker Agelasto: parker.agelasto@richmondgov.com

John Baliles: jonathan.baliles@richmondgov.com

Thanks!!!!

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2 Responses to “Bike Boulevard Action Alert!”

  1. Alicia Clayton Vidal October 28, 2013 at 3:11 AM #

    Even though I do not live in the Fan, I support ANY changes that will benefit bikers/walkers.
    My son, Seth Vidal, who while riding his bike, was killed by a hit and run driver in Durham, NC this summer. He was 36 and a bike advocate. He was concerned not only with the traffic issues that confront us everyday, but environmentally concerned. We need to make our streets safe for everyone no matter what their mode of transportation. Not everyone knows bike/walking safety, especially motor vehicle drivers. Please consider the changes
    proposed. Thank you.

    • bikeablerichmond October 28, 2013 at 2:22 PM #

      I’m very sorry for your loss. I also completely agree that our streets need to be safe for everyone. We have focused on making things easy and efficient for motorists to the detriment of other users, but hopefully that is beginning to change.

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