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The suburbanization of Olneyville

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Rendering of proposed McDonald’s and Family Dollar store on Plainfield Street in Olneyville.

The City Plan Commission meeting scheduled for today has been canceled due to the impending storm. It is scheduled to take place now on January 28th.

After learning of plans for a drive-thru McDonald’s proposed on Plainfield Street in Olneyville, I requested plans for the proposal from the Planning Department.

The developer is seeking master plan approval from the City Plan Commission for the construction of a McDonald’s and Family Dollar store in a separate building on a site which was cleared of existing structures last year.

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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – January 15, 2014

featured-bikeped Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting
January 15, 2014, 4:30 PM
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

Agenda

  • 4:30:Bike Share Update – Martina Haggerty, Department of Planning and Development
  • 4:45: Broadway and Fountain Street Updates
  • 5:05: Downtown (DID) Bike Parking Update
  • 5:20: Public Service Announcement brainstorming
  • 5:40: Bike Plan Implementation/Next Steps
  • 6:00: Adjourn
Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.
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Temporary traffic changes coming, maybe they should be permanent

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The City is instituting some traffic changes for the days following Christmas due to expected high levels of pedestrian and vehicle traffic in the area of the Convention Center and Providence Place:

Temporary Traffic Changes Planned for Three Days Following Christmas

PROVIDENCE, RI – To accommodate an anticipated increase in pedestrian and vehicle traffic following Christmas Day, the City of Providence has planned traffic changes and increased police details for downtown Providence on Thursday, December 26, Friday, December 27, and Saturday, December 28.

On those three days, from 11AM to 7PM, vehicles will be prohibited from making a left-hand turn onto Francis Street from the I-95 highway ramps. Vehicles will also be prohibited from taking a left-hand turn onto Francis Street from Finance Way.

Vehicles approaching from the I-95 highway ramps will continue east on Memorial Boulevard and be directed to turn left onto Exchange Street, left onto Finance Way, and right onto Francis Street. Vehicles approaching from Finance Way will be directed to turn right onto Francis Street. Pedestrians and drivers should look for message boards and temporary signage.

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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – November 18, 2013

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November 18, 2013, 4:30 PM
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

Agenda

  • 4:30: Ciclovia Recap and Suggestions for 2014
  • 4:50: Public Service Announcements – DOT administered grants
  • 5:10: Bike Providence: Public Comment, Follow-up, and Plan Implementation
  • 6:00: Adjourn
Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.
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Video: Bikes, Buses, Streetcars, and Automobiles

This video shows the Broadway Corridor of Seattle’s First Hill Streetcar project.

In five auto lane widths of roadway you can see room for a separated cycle track, automobile traffic, bus and streetcar traffic, dedicated turn lanes, and it looks like maybe some parking (plus ample sidewalks with trees). It really shows how you can pack a lot of transportation modality into a not too big roadway. Of course Providence is a place where we have a lot of not too big roadways.

What roads in Providence could you see done up in a similar fashion?


Via: Greater Greater Washington

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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – October 21, 2013

featured-bikeped Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting
October 21, 2013, 4:30 PM
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

Agenda

  • 4:30: Bike Providence Draft – BPAC Input with Bill DeSantis of VHB
  • 5:15: Proposed language to require continuous provision of public ROW access in construction zones – Jef Nickerson
  • 5:35: Bike Providence Roll-out Logistics and Public Input
  • 5:45: Green Lane Project Application
Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.
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New England Bike-Walk Summit Providence: October 4, 2013

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2011 Summit, look closely, you might find me eating a cookie. Photo from East Coast Greenway.

I can barely believe that the New England Bike-Walk Summit is only a week away!

I wanted to share the current draft of the Summit program, so you can see what kind of great stuff we have lined up this year. Once again, we have a great variety of sessions related to design, planning, engineering, advocacy, and more, presented by an array of talented and experienced professionals. Add to that a few terrific field sessions and the return of our popular poster session, and it promises to be a great and productive day. Oh, did I mention the amazing guest speakers that are coming? Several bike/walk rock stars, including the Presidents of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and the League of American Bicyclists, are headed to New England from DC to share their thoughts on active transportation and recreation in our region and the rest of the country.

Please register now!

p.s.: There’s lots of bike/walk/urbanism fun planned for that evening and all weekend in Providence – the Builders’ Ball (handbuilt bike show), Providence Cyclocross Festival (world-class bike races), Gran Fondo New England, WaterFire

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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – September 16, 2013

featured-bikeped Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting
September 16, 2013, 4:30 PM
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

Agenda

  • 4:30: Introductions
  • 4:35: Bike Providence plan: Bill DeSantis, VHB
  • 5:35: Harris, Promenade/Kinsley Bicycle Improvements: Arthur Eddy
  • 5:50: Park(ing) Day, James Kennedy
  • 6:00: Adjourn
Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.
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Streetfilms: A Montreal Intersection Morphs Into a Wonderful Neighborhood Space

On a Bixi bike excursion to get some ice cream in Montreal, my wife and I stumbled upon the intersection of Fairmount Avenue and Rue Clark, recently upgraded with colorful new street furniture, traffic calming treatments, and a two-way protected bike lane. The space is teeming with street life. When you arrive at this lovely place your first instinct is to stop, sit down, and enjoy.

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I rebuilt North Main Street for you

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I rebuilt North Main Street and you can rebuilt it and other roads too. Streetmix is a new online app that let’s you custom build your own street with streetcars, bus lanes, bike lanes, and more. I made a quick measurement on Google Maps to figure out that North Main is about 94′ wide and filled in my infrastructure from there.

Create your streets and post the results here.

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Curb extensions being installed on Atwells

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Atwells Avenue at Sutton Street.

It has been nearly three years since City Councilman Terry Hassett was struck and severely injured by a hit and run driver on Atwells Avenue; one in a long line of pedestrian injuries and fatalities on the Avenue. Now, we are finally seeing some action on building pedestrian safety interventions.

After the Councilman was struck, we listed some recommended safety interventions including curb extensions such as those being installed now.

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Atwells Avenue at America Street.

Hopefully we’ll continue to see more of this type of infrastructure installed in the city to promote pedestrian safety.

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Cyclovía Providence on Valley Street – Sunday, July 28, 2013

Free Bike Helmets and Fittings for Children and Adults, Bike Collection by Recycle-A-Bike

cycloviaPROVIDENCE, RI – On Sunday, July 28, Mayor Angel Taveras and the City of Providence will host the second of three Cyclovía events in Providence this summer, opening Valley Street exclusively to bicyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters for the first time.

Cyclovía is a car-free event that opens the street for people of all ages to walk, skate, run, bicycle, exercise and socialize. A half-mile stretch of Valley Street will be closed to traffic during the event.

“Cyclovía provides Providence residents with a safe and fun environment that promotes cycling, walking and community interaction – all elements of a healthy, balanced lifestyle,” said Mayor Angel Taveras. “Residents from across the city will have the opportunity to enjoy their neighborhoods and to experience the great things that Providence has to offer.”

Sponsored by Mayor Angel Taveras in collaboration with the Healthy Communities Office and the Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission, and supported by Trinity Brewhouse, Walgreens, REI and the Providence Department of Parks and Recreation, Cyclovía will include bicycle workshops, Zumba, street vendors and more.

  • Recycle-A-Bike and REI will provide bicycle tune ups
  • Recycle-A-Bike Valet will provide valet bike parking
  • Clínica Esperanza will sponsor Zumba aerobic dance lessons at 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
  • YMCA’s Y on the Move inflatable obstacle course will be at the event from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • REI’s Nature’s Gym outdoor workout program (in Spanish)
  • Eyes of the World/Yoga and Pilates Passport will provide yoga at 11:30 a.m.

Free bike helmets and fittings will be provided to children and adults through the Rhode Island Department of Health, the YMCA of Greater Providence, and the Injury Prevention Center at Rhode Island Hospital. The helmets will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last.

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Interim pedestrian safety improvement at LaSalle Square

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From the Mayor’s Facebook page:

The City completed traffic changes to the intersection of Empire and Fountain Streets earlier today. Motor vehicle traffic proceeding from Empire Street is now required to use the traffic signal to turn left onto Fountain Street, improving pedestrian safety in the area.

This interim step will calm traffic coming from Broadway and Atwells Avenue into LaSalle Square making the pedestrian crossing on Fountain Street outside Hasbro safer and easier. Next spring, the City will begin work on the Downtown Circulator Phase III which will rebuild LaSalle Square and other area streets entirely.

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Barry Schiller: Providence Planning Hosts Meeting on Kennedy Plaza, Downtown Circulation

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Barry Schiller, a retired Rhode Island College math professor, is a long-time member of the State Planning Council’s Transportation Advisory Committee. He also was on the RIPTA Board of Directors 1995-1999.

Overall: good ideas on the parts of the project about 2-way streets and pedestrian and bike improvements around downtown, but on Kennedy Plaza, a net loss for bus riders, but not as much as once feared.

The project: extend 2-way on Empire, 2-way on Dorrance in front of the Biltmore, and on Exchange Terrace on north side of Burnside Park; narrow Fountain Street by widening sidewalk, maybe include a bike lane and add “public space” at the squares on both ends (La Salle Square, Emmet Square) to slow traffic and be much more pedestrian friendly;

Kennedy Plaza: no change in RIPTA waiting room but the adjacent plaza will have much more public space by eliminating the inner berths and bus lanes. Thus we’d go from 8 bus-only lanes to 4; possible amenities added such as more seating, plantings, public art, and maybe more shelters if funding permits. The 16 current bus berths there now (4 sets of 4 each) would be reduced to 10 – 4 eastbound on the north side, 5 (one more than now) westbound on the south side, and one new one on Exchange Street across from the court house. The loss of berths would be partly made up by another bus berth up the hill on the little street where the trolleys now stop, and another new berth behind the Q stop on Exchange St where the Newport buses stop. Thus there is a net loss of 4 berths. If more berths are ever needed, likely to be on north side of Burnside Park on Exchange Terrace, or up Exchange Street near Memorial Blvd by the undeveloped triangle of land there.

Unresolved issues: what to do with intercity Peter Pan/Greyhound buses; whether there will be a fence separating the bus lane from Washington Street traffic which could help direct pedestrian crossings; funding for more shelters; who is in charge of snow removal.

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Kennedy Plaza/Circulator Phase 3 Informational Meeting – July 10, 2013

The City will be having an informational meeting about proposed enhancements and reconfiguration of the Kennedy Plaza area as well as details about Phase 3 of the Downtown Circulator project. The Circulator project includes reconstruction of LaSalle and Emmet Squares, Fountain Street, Broadway, part of Dorrance Street, and Exchange Terrace.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013 • 5pm-6pm
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor

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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – June 17, 2013

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June 17, 2013, 4:30 PM
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

Agenda

  • 4:30: Introductions
  • 4:35: Approval of May 30 Minutes
  • 4:40: Downtown Circulator (KP and Fountain/Sabin) w/Bonnie Nickerson
  • 5:10: Bike Plan (following up on steering committee meeting)
  • 5:30: Thayer St Plan input
  • 5:40: Crosswalk Buttons
  • 5:50: Downtown Bicycle Parking
  • 6:00: Adjourn
Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.
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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – May 30, 2013

featured-bikepedMay 30, 2013, 4:30 PM
City Administrative Building
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

Agenda

  • 4:30: Welcome and introductions
  • 4:35: City signs and bike locks (guest: Parking Administrator Leo Perrotta)
  • 4:50: Kennedy Plaza redesign: bike and pedestrian elements (guests: Cliff Wood, Bonnie Nickerson)
  • 5:10: Fountain & Sabin streets: bike & ped improvements
  • 5:20: Pedestrian crosswalk signals
  • 5:30: League of American Bicyclists: State ranking; bike-friendly community application (Matt Moritz)
  • 5:40: City bike & ped ordinances: recommendation to the City (Matt Moritz)
  • 5:50: Old Business and Public Comment
Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.
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