Green Streets New Haven-update
- Hi all,
Its time to get back to work on the Green Streets New Haven
initiative which, you may remember, is the document which describes
the changes that we see as necessary to make New Haven more bicycle
and pedestrian friendly. These will include traffic lights at
particularly hazardous intersections, bike lanes where these will
significantly enhance safety, rerouting of one way streets to allow
for shortened routes between certain key destinations. I hope you
will join me in discussing the specifics of these and other
For now, I'm pleased to report that after some uncharacteristically
savvy political maneuvering, I have now received the personal
commitment from members of the mayor's administration that they will
look favorably on the Green Streets proposals.
Their support, however, will be contingent on their being convinced
that there is a significant constituency for the recommendations
So here's what I need from you to help me out: the following is the
text of a petition which articulates ideas which, I assume, we pretty
much all agree with. I'm asking you to print out the text and
circulate it among your friends and acquaintances who ride. Then
return it to me-either by mail (22 Eld St. New Haven CT 06511), drop
it off at my house, or at the critical mass rally on the 31st. (I'll
be posting a notice about this soon.)
If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to email
me back or call me at home at 785-9258.
Green Party Alderman
Ward 9, New Haven, CT
Assistant Professor of Music
CSMT: 203-432-4164, 432-2531
Dept of Music: 203-432-2985
We the undersigned are regular bicycle commuters in New Haven who are
continually endangered by traffic patterns and road design which at
present make virtually no accomodation to the needs of cyclists.
The result is that we are either forced on to the sidewalks where we
interfere with pedestrians or we are forced into our cars, increasing
congestion, air pollution, and diminishing the city's (and our own)
quality of life.
We strongly support a Green Street's New Haven initiative which
recognizes the merits of cycling and walking as a primary form of
transportation and which will develop a comprehensive program to
encourage all citizens of New Haven to exercise these healthy and
environmentally responsible transportation options. The initiative
will include specific recommendations for minor but important
alterations in transportation infrastructure which will make the
streets more bicycle and pedestrian friendly.
We recognize that in the current budgetary climate large expenditures
will not be possible. We stress that most of the required
changes-selective rerouting of one way streets, installation of bike
lanes on a few streets, a few additional traffic lights will require
comparatively minor investments of taxpayer dollars.
What is primarily needed, we believe, is a tangible commitment on the
part of the city to explore alternative transportation options and to
implement these whenever possible.
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