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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – May 18, 2016

Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting
Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 4:45 PM
Joseph Doorley Municipal Building, 1st Floor Meeting Room
444 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

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  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of April Meeting Minutes (For Action)
  3. Waterman Street Modifications – Wayland (For Action) – The City of Providence intends to restripe Waterman Street between Butler Avenue and the Henderson Bridge. This restriping will include the relocation of on street parking from the south side to the north side of Waterman and installation a crosswalk near the ramp to the Henderson Bridge. DPW seeks comment from the BPAC regarding the preliminary plans.
  4. Eddy Street Restriping – Upper South Providence (For Action) – The Rhode Island Department of Transportation intends to restripe Eddy Street from Willard Avenue north to the I-95 Eddy Street underpass. RIDOT’s restriping plan includes bike lanes along portions of Eddy Street in both directions. DPW seeks comment from the BPAC regarding RIDOT’s preliminary striping plans.
  5. Bicycle Infrastructure Improvements to Connect to New Waterfront Parks and Pedestrian Bridge – Downtown and Fox Point (For Action) – The Rhode Island Department of Transportation will soon begin construction on the Providence River Pedestrian Bridge and two new waterfront parks to be placed on the former I-195 land on either side of the Providence River. DPD seeks ideas from the BPAC regarding new bicycle infrastructure to improve access from Downtown and Fox Point to the new parks and bridge.
  6. DPW Report on Status and Outcomes of Autotmatic Pedestrian Signal Pilot Project (For Discussion)
  7. Announcements and Staff Updates (For Discussion)
  8. Adjournment
Full Disclosure: I am a member of this commission.
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Bike Month!

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I posted this late and some of these events may have already happened, sorry.


May is National Bike Month and it is being celebrated here in Rhode Island. While any month is fine for enjoying this healthy, money-saving, enjoyable and environmentally superior way to travel, with the arrival of spring, its time for many of us to savor the season, often best at the speed of a bicycle. Though it is a work in progress, the Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition announces the following calendar of events, note Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 20. Please join us for rides and events when you can. Check for updates at ribike.org.

Pre-Ride Roadside Bike Class (Bike Newport)
May 3, 10, 17, & 24 • 5:00-7:00pm • 29 Spring St, Newport
Free this month!

Bike making noises? Chain need some TLC? Brakes just not what they used to be? Ready to repair your own flat? You can give your bike the love it wants, and it’ll love you back – we promise! Join us for a basic roadside maintenance class. Topics will include pre-ride checks, fixing flats, caring for chains, and more. Classes are free for the month of May. Ladies Nights are geared toward women, girls, and female-identified. No boys allowed on those nights!

Bike to Breakfast (Women Bike RI)
May 6, 13, 14, & 27 • 7:30am • Various locations
Free (but bring money for your meal)

In celebration of Bike Month, Women Bike RI is organizing an informal bike to breakfast meetup series. Join us at any of the below locations on Friday mornings throughout the month of May. We’ll fill up bike racks, support local businesses and help demonstrate that bicycle commuting can be fun! All Women Bike RI events are free.

Weekday breakfast rides will take place 7:30 – 8:30 am. Please email womenbikeri@gmail.com to learn more and join the group on Facebook.

Jane’s Bike of Historical Providence
May 7: • 9:00am • 24 Meeting St, Providence
$10 per person • Eventbrite

Participate in a whirlwind tour of the Providence Preservation Society’s Most Endangered Properties (MEP), hosted by RIHPHC’s Sarah Zurier and RIBike’s Executive Director, Alex Krogh-Grabbe. See some great successes, like The Whitmarsh Apartments (1913) in Elmwood, one of the first properties ever listed as a MEP. We will also visit some losses, including the Grove Street Elementary School (1901) in Federal Hill which was partially demolished in 2007 without a permit, and eventually completely leveled in 2011.

Most of our stops will be sites still in danger, like the Kendrick-Prentice-Tirocchi House (1867) and Rhode Island Hospital’s Southwest Pavilion.

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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – April 20, 2016

Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting
April 20, 2016, 4:45 PM
Doorley Municipal Building, 444 Westminster Street, First Floor, Providence, RI 02903

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  1. Roll Call
  2. Impact of Executive Order on BPAC membership and BPAC Project Review Process (For Discussion)
  3. Approval of March Meeting Minutes (For Action)
  4. City of Providence Vulnerable Road User Safety Action Plan – Overview and Status Update (For Discussion)
  5. Bike Plan Update – Status Update (For Discussion)
  6. Fountain Street Repaving and Restriping – Downtown (For Action)
    The City of Providence intends to repave and restripe Fountain Street between Empire and Dorrance streets in Spring 2016. As part of the restriping, the City has proposed for the road to be restriped in a new configuration to include two travel lanes, a buffered bike lane, and on street parking. Existing crosswalk locations will also be restriped. The bike lane will connect existing bike lanes on Broadway to Emmett Square and Kennedy Plaza. DPW and DPD seek comment from the BPAC regarding the preliminary plans.
  7. Douglas Avenue Restriping Project – Smith Hill, Elmhurst, Wanskuck (For Action)
    In Summer 2016, the City of Providence intends to restripe Douglas Avenue from Orms Street to the City Line. As part of that restriping, the City of Providence Department of Public Works has proposed bike lanes to be striped from Chad Brown Street to Chalkstone Avenue. DPW seeks comment from the BPAC regarding their preliminary striping plans.
  8. Road restriping list from DPW (For Action)
    In Summer 2016, the City of Providence intends to restripe several streets throughout the City. DPW seeks comment from the BPAC regarding the following projects: See offical agenda for full list.
  9. Announcements (For Discussion)
  10. Adjournment
Full Disclosure: I am a member of this commission (although unfortunately I will be missing this meeting).
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Mayor Elorza signs executive order giving more planning input to Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission

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From the Mayor’s Office:


Providence to Give Commission Greater Input into Planning for Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza today announced an effort to revamp the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC) by signing an executive order granting the commission more say over where bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure investments, such as crosswalks and bike lanes, are implemented and how they are designed.

“Having safe areas for pedestrians and bicyclists are one of the keys to having the fittest city in the country,” said Mayor Elorza. “I am looking forward to hearing input from the commission to ensure safety for all that walk and ride.”

Under the executive order, most major street and sidewalk repair or construction projects within Providence will come before the Providence BPAC for review at two points during their conception and design phases.

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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – March 16, 2016

Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 4:45 PM
Doorley Municipal Building 444 Westminster Street, First Floor Providence, RI 02903

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  1. Roll call
  2. Approval of January meeting minutes
  3. Welcome from Mayor Jorge Elorza
  4. Presentation on Bike Plan Update from DPD staff
  5. Public comment on needed improvements to bicycle lanes and other bicycle infrastructure throughout Providence
  6. Adjournment
Full disclosure: I am a member of this commission.
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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Adisory Commission Meeting – January 20, 2016

Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Adisory Commission Meeting
Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 4:45 PM
Joseph Doorley Municipal Building, 1st Floor Meeting Room
444 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

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  1. Roll call
  2. Approval of 2016 meeting schedule – for action
  3. DPD staff update – for discussion
  4. 2016 BPAC work plan – for discussion
  5. Announcements – for discussion
  6. Adjournment
Full Disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.
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Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – January 11, 2016

NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING
MONDAY, JANUARY 11, 2016 4:45 PM
Joseph A. Doorley, Jr. Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

Agenda

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  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approve Meeting Minutes of September 21, 2015 and November 16, 2015
  • Accept DDRC 2016 Meeting Schedule
  • Annual Election of Vice Chair

New Business

Fogarty Building

1. DRC Application No. 15.30: 111 Fountain Street (Fogarty Building) ? Public Hearing – The subject of the hearing will be an application by PRI XII LLC, to demolish the existing structure located at 111 Fountain Street, and to construct a new 8?story extended stay hotel on the site. The applicant is requesting a Downtown Demolition Waiver, and waivers from Development and Design Standards of the Zoning Ordinance. At the conclusion of the hearing, the DDRC will take action with respect to these items.

Adjournment

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WPRI: Teen cyclist struck by vehicle in Portsmouth

walkinpvd-icon Officials said the man suffered “traumatic injuries” that appeared to be significant. At last check, police said he was in stable condition at the hospital.

According to fire officials, the ambulance had a hard time getting to the hospital due to low visibility from the heavy fog, and it’s possible the driver never saw the cyclist.

While on scene, police said they noticed the smell of marijuana on the driver of the vehicle. Officers performed a field sobriety test, which the driver passed, and later found less than an ounce of marijuana inside the vehicle. The 20-year-old was cited for possession of marijuana and due car by drivers, police said.


The driver was high, but it is still probably the victim’s fault and most certainly not the fault of the person who designed the road.

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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – November 18, 2015

Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting
November 18, 2015 – 4:45pm
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

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  1. Roll call
  2. Approval of meeting minutes from October Commission meeting
  3. Reading of a response regarding BPAC recommendations to Mayor Elorza – update on advancement of several key recommendations
  4. Discussion and identification of intersections where the timing of pedestrian crossing signals needs to be improved
  5. Discussion and identification of intersections where crosswalks need to be improved
  6. Discussion and identification of priority areas for snow removal
  7. Adjournment
Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.
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ecoRI News: R.I.’s Bike Infrastructure a Disjointed Maze

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Bike Lane on Allens Avenue

In June 2012 complete-streets legislation was passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by then-Gov. Lincoln Chafee. The law requires federal- and state-funded road-construction projects to consider bicyclists, public-transit users and pedestrians during the design process. The goal is to increase road safety for non-automobile users and, thereby, encourage people to use alternative forms of transportation, which promote public and environmental health while reducing traffic congestion.

While Rhode Island’s complete-streets legislation has resulted in safer road design in some places, many bicycle advocates are generally disappointed by the results. The legislation requires the state Department of Transportation (DOT) to consider incorporating complete-streets features, but allows exceptions on projects if the agency determines space is limited or costs are deemed disproportionate to the use those features would likely garner.

When I imagine RIDOT considering complete street infrastructure on construction projects, I imagine it a lot like my non-religious family says grace at Thanksgiving; “Someone should say grace,” “Grace,” eat. “Someone should consider complete streets,” “considered,” make street geometry so cars can move as fast as possible.

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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – October 20, 2015

Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting
October 20, 2015, 2015 – 4:45pm
30 Exchange Terrace, 1st Floor Conference Room
Note: This meeting is at a different location than regularly scheduled meetings

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  1. Roll call
  2. Approval of meeting minutes from September Commission meeting
  3. Introduction of Peter Garino, RIDOT Deputy Director (Martina Haggerty)
  4. Discussion with Peter Garino, RIDOT Deputy Director, regarding ways to improve coordination between RIDOT and BPAC and status updates on several RIDOT projects within the City of Providence
  5. Update on bike share program (Leah Bamberger)
  6. Adjournment
Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.
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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – September 16, 2015

Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting
September 16, 2015, 2015 – 4:45pm
30 Exchange Terrace, 1st floor conference room
Note, this meeting will be at a different location, 30 Exchange Terrace.

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  1. Roll call
  2. Approval of meeting minutes from July Commission meeting
  3. Update on the City’s participation in the USDOT Mayor’s Challenge (Martina Haggerty)
  4. Update on response from administration regarding letter of BPAC recommendations (Martina Haggerty)
  5. Update on status of Pleasant Valley Parkway Bridge 777 plans and bike detour (Martina Haggerty)
  6. Discussion of planned update to the City’s Bike Plan and possible public engagement strategies (Martina Haggerty)
  7. Update on improvements to reporting of pot holes and patching (Leah Bamberger)
  8. Discussion of Point Street traffic volume data collected by DPW in relation to possible bike lanes on Point Street (Bill Bombard)
  9. Adjournment
Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.
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RIBike: Meetings with RIDOT

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We had two meetings last week with Deputy Director of RIDOT, Pete Garino. One was a roundtable with a number of other advocates for biking & transit, one was one-on-one. There are changes afoot at RIDOT, and we wanted to let you know what’s going on.

First of all, the basic idea the new RIDOT leadership is pushing in its 10-year RhodeWorks proposal is to raise extra money through truck tolls to aggressively repair the state’s structurally-deficient bridges and get us out of the “death spiral” of nothing but emergency repairs. With public infrastructure, it’s often the case that doing proactive maintenance & repairs saves boatloads of money in the longer run, and RIDOT wants to do that.

But what about bikes? In the administration’s proposed breakdown of funding in the RhodeWorks proposal, there is $128 million for bike/ped infrastructure over the next 10 years, which is about 3x more than we’re getting currently. In addition to keeping that funding in there, we’ve been clear with DOT that when they’re resurfacing roads and bridges, they should stripe bike lanes wherever appropriate. To focus that process, we are eager to work with Statewide Planning, DOT, DEM, and local governments to ensure that good bike plans are in place so that DOT knows where to put bike lanes.


Visit the link to read RIBike’s extensive notes on various transportation projects.

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RIbike: Another casualty of unsafe streets in Rhode Island: Charlie Hawkins of North Providence

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Image from Google Streetview

walkinpvd-iconWe have been lucky in Rhode Island recently to have avoided deadly collisions involving bicyclists. That streak has now, tragically, ended. On Friday, Charlie Hawkins of North Providence was hit and killed while crossing a four-lane road in Warwick in the early evening.

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Traffic fatalities are not acceptable. Until our state and local governments take responsibility for making our streets safer, this sort of horrific tragedy will continue to happen. Failure to make our streets safer for all road users is unacceptable.

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News on the Providence River Pedestrian Bridge

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The Providence Journal: Pedestrian bridge over Providence River being ‘reevaluated’ by RI transportation officials

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is now “reevaluating” the bridge project, RIDOT Director Peter Alviti Jr. said in a statement in response to questions from The Providence Journal.

“Given our current funding levels, RIDOT is reevaluating this project given the availability of funding,” Alviti wrote. “RIDOT must take into consideration the many needs for Rhode Island’s deficient bridges and deteriorated roadways. With reliable, predictable funding provided through the RhodeWorks program, RIDOT would be in a better position to schedule and fund projects such as the pedestrian bridge.”

The Feds let us use the money we’d save on not removing the piers in the river on the new highway. Will the Feds make us remove the piers if we don’t build the bridge?

Salisbury said his association would be “really disappointed” if the bridge isn’t built — plus, he questions what would happen to the old highway piers that once carried Route 195 over the river and now remain in the river, intended to carry the pedestrian bridge along the highway’s old path. Seven years ago, the DOT agreed to build the pedestrian bridge on those piers — and said the $2 million it would save by not demolishing them would go toward building the bridge. The DOT has already paid $1.4 million to design the pedestrian bridge, which was expected to cost $5.5 million.


Also, last week, PBN reported on possible changes to the design of the bridge.

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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission – June 17, 2015

Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting
June 17, 2015 – 4:45pm
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

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  1. Roll call
  2. Introduction of new Commission members
  3. Update from Planning Department on planned crosswalk across Dave Gavitt Way at Westminster Street
  4. Approval of meeting minutes from April Commission meeting
  5. Introduction of new RI Bicycle Coalition staff
  6. Discussion of improved connections between Providence Place Mall and East Bay Bike Path
  7. Discussion of Health Equity Zone (HEZ) grant received by Healthy Communities Office from the RI Department of Health
  8. Adjournment
Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.
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Providence Bike to Work Day – May 15, 2015

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From the Facebook event page:


Friday, May 15, 2015
7:30am – 9:30am
Burnside Park

With spring in the air, the City of Providence and the RI Bicycle Coalition invite you to celebrate Bike to Work Day as part of National Bike Month.

Free coffee and food will be provided to participants. Other activities include:

  • Bike demos
  • Raffles
  • Bike-powered charging station for your electronics
  • Photo booth
  • Information from community organizations and local vendors

Mayor Elorza is excited to demonstrate his support for bike commuting by leading one of the six bike trains to Bike to Work Day! Join one of these 1-3 mile trains starting in different locations across the city. Meet your bike train leaders at one of the following stops at 7:30am to bike downtown together.

  • Train 1 starting location: Neutaconkanut Recreation Center – Mayor Elorza’s train!
  • Train 2 starting location: Mount Pleasant High School
  • Train 3 starting location: Lippitt Park
  • Train 4 starting location: Roger Williams Park
  • Train 5 starting location: Wayland Square
  • Train 6 starting location: Coventry Bike Path– intermediate level – captains will also lead a ride home at the end of the work day
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