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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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Read the Providence Bicycling Master Plan

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Mayor Taveras introduced the updated Providence Bicycling Master Plan this morning at a press conference at Pleasant Valley Parkway where new bike lanes were recently striped.

The Master Plan is meant to be a living document and the Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission will be accepting further comment on the plan.

Update: Press release from the Mayor’s Office

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Release of Providence Bicycle Master Plan – November 5, 2013

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Bike Providence:

A Bicycling Master Plan for Providence

Join Mayor Angel Taveras and the Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission for the release of Bike Providence.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
9:45-10:30am
Pleasant Valley Parkway – near River Avenue

Bring your bicycle and enjoy the new bike paths along Pleasant Valley Parkway!

The Bike Providence plan will guide the investment of future funding for the Providence bicycle network, promote a bicycle-friendly culture, set priorities for bicycling improvements, and expand the citywide network. The public comment period for the plan will continue through Friday, November 22, 2013.

This project is funded by a Planning Challenge Grant from the Rhode Island Division of Planning.

For more information contact Dave Everett, Department of Planning and Development, (401) 680-8520 or deverett@providencri.com.

Full disclosure: I am a member of the Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory 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 – 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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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 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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First-ever New England Bike-Walk Summit

Thursday, October 7 at the Marriott Courtyard, 32 Exchange Terrace, Providence, RI

Support better biking and walking in Providence, around Rhode Island, & throughout New England, and learn about what’s happening across the region and the country at the first-ever New England Bike-Walk Summit!

With 9 sessions in all, there’s something of interest for all bicycle and pedestrian stakeholders, whether agency staffer, grassroots advocate, or professional in private practice.

The keynote address will be given by Tim Blumenthal, President of Bikes Belong Coalition. Other notable presenters include Jeff Miller (President/CEO, Alliance for Biking & Walking), Dennis Markatos-Soriano (Executive Director, East Coast Greenway Alliance), and representatives of the League of American Bicyclists, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, the RI Bicycle Coalition, MassBike, Bike Coalition of Maine, Bike-Walk Connecticut, Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition, and the Bike-Walk Alliance of New Hampshire. Public agencies represented will include RIDOT, MassDOT, Vermont Agency of Transportation, NHDOT, National Park Service, and numerous regional and municipal government agencies.

To download an agenda and register for the Summit, visit the Summit website: http://www.newenglandbikewalksummit.org/

And don’t forget to “friend” the Summit facebook group:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=138025766221192

The New England Bike-Walk Summit is being organized by the RI-based East Coast Greenway Alliance, the nonprofit organization creating a 3000-mile trail connecting cities from Maine to Florida for bicyclists, walkers, and other non-motorized users.

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