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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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What Cheer / What Jeer 2013

We’re running a little late this year but we’re finally ready to run down the What Cheers and What Jeers of 2013.

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WHAT CHEER: South Street Power Station (Maybe)

In 2013 we got another plan to redevelop the moribund South Street Power Station. While numerous plans for the building, which at one point was known as the Dynamo House, have come and gone, this latest plan engenders optimism as Brown University is involved now.

In January the New York Times and then The Brown Daily Herald reported on rumors of the university becoming involved in the project. Then in June Brown announced it’s plans for the building in a letter to the campus community.

Those plans include a home for the long talked about URI/RIC Nursing School, office space for Brown, and some sort of retail component in the former power station building. Brown also has a developer engaged in building a student apartment building in the neighboring parking lot along Point Street and the City is involved in plans for a parking structure across Point Street from that.

The latest news on the project comes from the ProJo just before Christmas with reports that the PRA is considering condemning the building so the project can move forward.

While this could all be looked at as another in a long line of proposals for the building, Brown’s involvement makes this proposal seem more promising. 2014 will show us if this project actually moves forward.

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

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

featured-bikeped Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting
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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News & Notes

City at Dusk, Boston (seen from Cambridge), Credit: David Fox

Boston at Dusk. Photo (cc) David Fox for Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

→ Bloomberg: Boston Booms as Workers Say No to Suburbs: Real Estate

“In the last 24 months, suburban tech firms have been looking to relocate into town,” said Andrew Hoar, president and co-managing partner at CBRE/New England, a joint venture partner with CBRE. “For many other markets it’s the other way around. The young graduates in this town don’t want to commute.”


→ The Atlantic Cities: The End of Federal Transportation Funding as We Know It

This month marks 120 years since the federal government got involved in funding road transportation. (Strange as it sounds, bicycle advocates did the bulk of the lobbying.) The original Office of Road Inquiry — today, the Federal Highway Administration — was a line item with a budget of $10,000. That was only enough money to build about three miles of road, and the office wasn’t empowered to build roads anyway, but states fought tooth and nail against giving the feds even this incredibly modest level of transport oversight.

Today the federal transportation program faces perhaps its greatest challenge since that shaky start. The most urgent problem is funding. The Highway Trust Fund that pays for America’s road and rail program is heading straight toward bankruptcy. For two decades politicians have refused to raise the 18.4-cents-per-gallon gas tax that populates the trust, even as it steadily loses purchasing power to inflation and fuel-efficient cars. The public has yet to embrace alternative funding sources — road fares or mileage fees on the user-pay side favored by economists; income taxes on the social welfare end — in part because people (mistakenly) believe they already pay a lot for transportation.

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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – January 23, 2013

featured-bikeped Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting
January 23, 2013, 4:30 PM
444 Westminster Street, First Floor
Note: Meeting is Wednesday instead of Monday due to the Martin Luther King Day holiday. Also, meetings start at 4:30pm now rather than 4 o’clock.
  1. 4:30 – Nate Urso, Providence Department of Public Works: Crosswalks, Street Repaving, Policy, and Safety (Nate will also give a brief update on the status of the Road Bond repaving in general)
  2. 4:55 – Dave Everett: Bike Plan Update and BPAC input on potential road bond bicycle improvements (Melrose, Prairie, Potters, Olney) and review of typical sections. Also plans for draft report and stakeholder meeting in Feb.
  3. 5:05 – Public comment.
  4. 5:20 – Discussion/letter re DOT bikeway plans (master list for bike plan)
  5. 5:25 – Jef Nickerson: S. Main St. merchant issues re pedestrian access/movement relative to I-Way parcels
  6. 5:30 – Jenn Steinfeld/Jef Nickerson: BPAC communications update/protocol for receiving input
  7. 5:40 – Bridge detours update
  8. 5:45 – Zip Car spaces and potential bike lane conflicts
  9. 5:55 – Rescheduling BPAC meetings now scheduled for May 20, August 19, November 18, December 16
Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.
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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – TODAY, December 17, 2012

Regular Meeting • 4:00 PM, December 17, 2012
Doorley Building, 444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor • Providence, RI

  1. 4:00: Bike Providence Public Workshop Recap
  2. 4:20: Bike Providence and Beyond: Education Strategies for Drivers, Riders and Everyone Else
  3. 4:40: Public Comment
  4. 5:00: BPAC Communications Strategy
  5. 5:15: Updates (Snow Removal, Letters, etc.)
  6. 5:25: Schedule 2013 Meetings
  7. 5:30: Adjourn

See also: Bike Providence website for documents from last week’s public meeting.

Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.

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→ ecoRI News: New Providence Bike Plan Wants Safer Routes

This new bike plan, spearheaded by the city of Providence and Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc. (VHB), an engineering firm headquartered in Waltham, Mass., is being funded with a $33,000 challenge grant from the state Department of Transportation, and will guide the investment of future funding into the city’s bicycle network through a program of recommended short-, medium- and long-term capital improvements.

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Providence Bike Plan public workshop – December 13, 2012

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Allens Avenue, Photo (cc) Matthew Coolidge

Public Workshop: Bike Providence – A Bicycling Master Plan for Providence

Mayor Angel Taveras, the Providence Department of Planning and Development, the Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission, and consultants VHB, Inc. are working to expand the bicycle network in Providence. Please join us at the Providence Foundation on December 13th to provide your input.

WHERE: Commerce Center – Providence Foundation Auditorium
30 Exchange Terrace • Providence, Rhode Island
WHEN: Thursday, December 13th, 2012
5:00 p.m. Open House & Greeting
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Presentation and Public Comment/Q&A

For more information, contact Dave Everett at (401) 680-8520

The website is live now:
Can’t attend, visit the project website after December 5th: http://www.vhb.com/bikeprovidence

Workshop Program will include:

  • Update of current Bike Network Phase I routes since 2006 implementation.
  • On-going projects for improvements to the bike network.
  • Outline of new bikeway design Standards & Guidelines – New Tools.
  • Identification of network gaps and network deficiencies.
  • Coordination with proposed City roadway resurfacing program.
  • Initial list of Phase II Bike Network improvements.
  • Rollout of project website and bike routing tracking smart phone app.
  • Opportunities for Education and Encouragement initiatives.
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