Here's the news from yesterday's GO-alition meeting at City Hall.
HARBORSIDE TRAIL -- The state DOT has agreed to pave the bike-path by the
Kimberly-avenue bridge, when they work on the I-95 bridge over the West
River, around 2008. Thanks for all the letters you wrote! Our lobbying paid
FARMINGTON CANAL -- the Farmington Canal Trail's Phase II design is almost
ready to go to the state DOT. The next step, within two months, is a public
meeting in Newhallville, so look for the announcement about that. This is
great movement. Phase II will bring the bike path north towards Hamden, and
Hamden is working on completing their section southwards, so within a few
years we'll have a good continuous segment of path from New Haven through
to Hamden and Cheshire too.
But there's still work to do.
NUDGING THE PARKING & TRAFFIC DEPARTMENT ON THE EAST ROCK BIKE LANE -- We
need the Orange-street bike lane fully striped. Right now, there's no line
showing how close to the curb the cars have to park, so -- as I'm sure
you've noticed -- the cars tend to encroach on bicyclists' narrow-space. We
need to get that parking-line striped, but this depends on weather, on
clearing the cars away, on getting the striper-guy out there, or maybe on
getting the parking & traffic dept to prioritize this -- it wasn't clear to
me quite how we can get this done any faster. The mayor had proposed a
ribbon-cutting on a monday afternoon in April, but we decided to wait until
the lane is fully finished, and to try for a weekend or evening
ribbon-cutting time when more people can show up, all in orange, to
celebrate our first bike lane.
AND NUDGING THE TRAFFIC DEPARTMENT ON THE WEST ROCK BIKE LANE -- We need to
move forwards on choosing where the next bike lane will go, on Chapel, Elm,
Edgewood, or Whalley. City Plan and the GO-alition already identified the
westville corridor as the next area for a bike lane, and we all on
ElmCityCycling put in our opinions about existing routes, and now it's up
to the parking & traffic dept to do specific measuring of each street.
Peter Chapman, Ben Caldwell, and I volunteered to work on helping them get
UPCOMING BIKE EVENTS
ARTS & IDEAS PARADE -- This year, the Arts & Ideas festival will open with
a Carnival parade down Grand Ave to the New Haven Green, June 12 at 1 pm
(rain-date is June 13). Peter Chapman proposed figuring out how many bikes
it will take to haul one of those new busses (of course, with a bike on its
new front-bike-rack). Later Thursday night, after the GO-alition meeting,
Meg Fama proposed making a Triplets-of-Belleville style group-ridden
bicycle parade-float. Anyone interested in working on the Bike Float in the
parade? Talk to Meg (meggster320@...
) or Matthew Feiner at the
Devil's Gear. We're also, of course, leading lots of public bike tours
during the festival, almost every weekend in June, this will be a great
time to encourage bicycling in New Haven.
BRAKE THE CYCLE OF POVERTY TOUR -- in August, a Quaker woman named Pat is
leading a group of Catholic bike-riders on a 6-day bicycle trip across the
state, with an anti-pocerty theme, starting in Manchester, and finishing
August 6 on the New Haven Green. Anyone want to help out with their New
Haven finale? Talk to Paul Wessel, PWessel@...
ELECTRIC PEDICABS -- Paul Hammer and a NYC group are beginning to think
about bringing this to New Haven.
OTHER ONGOING PROJECTS
MEETING WITH POLICE -- Joe Jolly suggested that we sit down with police, to
let them know that bikes belong on the road, and to let them know that no
one leads Critical Mass so they shouldn't expect that, and to simply defuse
any possible friction. Joe's working on setting up a meeting. Also, FYI,
Paul Bass of the New Haven advocate is writing an article about our
Critical-Mass encounter with the police last week. I think it will be a
positive article, publicizing the mass, I hope.
TEACHING SAFE CYCLING & DRIVING -- Laura Clarke & Peter Chapman have been
working on a flier offering tips on sharing the road. If anyone has good
models of fliers from elsewhere, let Laura know, at lwclarke@...
MAKING A BIKE MAP OF NEW HAVEN -- Ben Caldwell, Brian Marcaurelle, and I
have been spending our Thursday lunches at city hall, taking the routes
that you all came up with last fall, and inputting them into the city's GIS
mapping software. Soon we'll have a draft to show you. Anyone have
map-design experience who wants to help out?
So much good stuff going on!
Finally, in not-really-biking news, the Parks department is looking for
camp counsellors for the summer. You'd get to teach bicycling,
rock-climbing, kayaking and other fun stuff, you'd get trained in all of
it, you'd get free housing in a parks dept house, $10 an hour, and the fun
of working with New Haven kids outdoors. Talk to Martin Torresquintero if
you're interested: MTorresq@...
The next GO-alition meeting is Thursday, May 6, at 5:30 pm, in the city
plan conference room, on the 5th floor of City Hall.