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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission meeting – May 21, 2014

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May 21, 2014, 4:30 PM
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

Agenda

  1. James Daley, Director of Training, RIPTA: Bus Operator Training and pedestrian/cyclist safety
  2. Pedestrian Safety project (Safe States)
  3. Broadway Bike Lane – recommendation of extension to frontage road
  4. Discussion: BPAC’s role, goals, priorities, accomplishments

Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.
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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – February 19, 2014

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 4:30pm
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

Agenda

  • 4:30: Introductions
  • 4:35 South Main/North Main St. ADA Project/Improvements – Kate Wilson, RIDOT and Todd Brayton, Bryant Associates
  • 5:30: PSAs and Public Education – Despina Metakos-Harris, RIDOT Office of Highway Safety
  • 5:55: Commission/Staff Updates
  • 6:00 Adjourn
Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.
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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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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 – April 15, 2013

featured-bikeped Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting
April 15, 2013, 4:30 PM
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

Agenda

4:30 – Old Business:

  • Letter to Businesses Abutting Bike/Ped Facilities
  • Logo/Letterhead
  • Ordinance Changes
  • Pedestrian Cross (“Beg”) Buttons

5:00 – Downtown Circulator and Related Bike/Ped Concerns: Fountan, Sabin, etc.
5:30 – Public Comment, Additional Issues
5:50 – Reschedule or Relocate May 20 Meeting

Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.
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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – March 18, 2013

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

Agenda

  • 4:30 – ServeRI/Dig Out RI
  • 4:45 – East Coast Greenway/US Bike Route 1 Update – Eric Weis
  • 4:55 – S. Water/Crawford St. Bridge ped crossing/disabled ramp issues – Matt Moritz
  • 5:05 – Kinsley/Promenade Bike Path concept – Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council
  • 5:20 – Fountain Street bike lane considerations
  • 5:30 – Cyclovia 2013
  • 5:40 – Bike Fest RI and Bike Valet – Jenna Yu
  • 5:50 – Public comment
  • 6:00 – Adjourn.

Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.
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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – February 20, 2013

Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Agenda
February 20, 2013, 4:30 PM, 444 Westminster Street, First Floor

Note: Meeting is Wednesday instead of Monday due to the President’s Day holiday.

  • 4:30 – Bike Providence Master Plan update – Bill DeSantis, VHB
  • 5:00 – Snowstorm follow-up/issues
  • 5:15 – Communications update – Jef Nickerson, Jenn Steinfeld
  • 5:25 – Walk Lights (beg-button) – Jef Nickerson
  • 5:35 – Road Bond/Bike Improvements coordination
  • 5:40 – Public Comment
  • 5:55 – Approval of Minutes (December 17, January 23)

Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.

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What Cheer / What Jeer 2012

It is that time of year for us to take a look back and What Cheer the good and What Jeer the bad.

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Work commences on the Washington Bridge Linear Park

It has been in the works for years, but finally RIDOT has started work on the Washington Bridge Linear Park.

Through a $22 million contract, RIDOT will rebuild the remaining section of the original Washington Bridge that carries the existing bikeway and a section of the original highway bridge. In the same footprint will be a much wider bikeway and linear park. It will feature a separate bikeway and walking path, scenic overlooks, park benches, flag poles, decorative lighting and landscaped planters. The project also calls for restoration of the historic, multi-arch granite façade of the Washington Bridge and two operator’s houses from which an original drawbridge was controlled.

When opened, the new linear park will be named the George Redman Linear Park, after the East Providence resident who was instrumental in making the East Bay Bike Path a reality 25 years ago. Redman continues to advocate for bike path development across the state.


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Wind Turbines at Fields Point

While they were installed in January, the whole City was speculating when the would finally start spinning. Turns out they wouldn’t start up until October. But now they are finally spinning and adding some environmental goodness to the Providence skyline. Hope we’ll some more.


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Overnight parking expansion

While it has been studied endlessly for years (even as the rest of the world seemed to be able to embrace it and not devolve into chaos), in April, overnight parking has finally started spreading throughout the City.


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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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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – November 19, 2012

Regular Meeting • 4:00 PM, November 19, 2012
Doorley Building, 444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor • Providence, RI

Note: Location is different than last month.

  1. Snow Removal/Safety Issues and Regulations and Enforcement (Guest: Peter Gaynor, Providence Emergency Management Agency)
  2. Bike Providence Plan Update (Bill DeSantis, VHB)
  3. Announcement of/outreach for December 13, 2012 Bike Providence Public Workshop
  4. Local Bicycle Regulation Amendments
  5. Allens Avenue Update/BPAC Letter to DOT (Matthew Moritz)
  6. Businesses and Bike Lanes – Letter from BPAC (Jenn Steinfeld)
  7. Issue Updates/Public Comment

Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.

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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – September 24, 2012

Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC)
Regular Meeting, September 24, 2012, 4:00 pm
Providence City Hall, Aldermen’s Chambers, 3rd Floor, Providence RI

Agenda

  • 4:00: Welcome and Introductions
  • 4:05: Cyclovia Recap and Future Plans (Katiuska Perez)
  • 4:20: Public Input
  • 4:40: New England Builders Ball and Cyclocross Festival promotion (Eric Weis)
  • 4:45: Bike Providence Status (Dave Everett)
  • 4:50: Review of Bicycle Ordinances and Regulations (Sheila Dormody)
  • 5:05: Snow Removal Issues (Jef Nickerson)
  • 5:20: Election of Officers

Agenda pdf

Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.

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UPDATED: Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – August 15, 2012

UPDATED: This meeting is now scheduled for Wednesday, August 15th.

Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC)
Regular Meeting, August 13 August 15, 2012, 4:00 pm
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room , Providence, RI 02903

Agenda

  • 4:00 – Bike parking in Biltmore Park (Eric Weis and guest Cliff Wood)
  • 4:20 – Valet bike parking (Jenna Wu)
  • 4:30 – How to build a strong BPAC (Jenna Wu)
  • 4:50 – Election of Officers (Sheila Dormody)
  • 5:00 – Public Comment (chair)
  • 5:10 – New business (chair)
  • 5:20 – Bike and pedestrian events (Eric Weis)

Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.

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