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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 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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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 – October 22, 2012

Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission
October 22, 2012, 4:00 PM
Providence Chamber of Commerce Board Room
30 Exchange Terrace, Providence, RI

Note new location

  • 4:00: Review of bicycle regulations
  • 4:20: Discussion of snow removal issues and solutions
  • 4:35: Discussion of Complete Street issues related to the proposed Road Bond
  • 4:45: Bike parking: developing a citywide strategy to increase parking infrastructure [Guest James Baumgartner]
  • 4:55: Allens Ave bike lane sweeping and parking enforcement [Guests from JWU]
  • 5:05: Enforcement issues related to: Intersection blocking and Crosswalk encroachment Enforcement of No Parking in Bike Lanes/Crosswalks Tickets/Citation criteria for bicycle/automotive incidents [Police invited]
  • 5:20: Open forum
  • 5:30: Adjourn

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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Full Disclosure: Providence Bike and Pedestrian Commission

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Providence Bike and Pedestrian Commission members: Matthew Moritz, Jenn Steinfield, Jef Nickerson, Mayor Angel Taveras, Jenna Yu, and Eric Weiss.

I mentioned earlier in the comments section of the post about the announcement of the Bike and Pedestrian Commission that I had been asked to join the Commission, but figure I should do a separate post so people know.

The Commission is being run out of the Office of Sustainability with a member of the Planning Department staff also attending and advising our meetings. We had an informal meeting this past Monday to be sworn in by the Mayor, get to know each other, discuss some of the responsibilities we have as Commission members, work to set a rough agenda, and set up our schedule of upcoming meetings.

Our first official public meeting will be Monday, August 13th at 4pm (location to be determined still). After that our meetings are scheduled for the 4th Monday of the month at 4pm.

I’ll be posting schedules and updates on the meetings as they happen.

I was also waiting to see if there was a better photo to use before posting about this.

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