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Bike Lanes on The Plaza
May 7, 2017 @ 8:00 am - May 23, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
UPDATE (5/14): The bike lane trial ended Sunday, May 14 but city officials still want to hear from you. We will also post more information regarding the results of the trial when they become available.
VIEW VIDEO of neighbors talking about their feelings on the bike lanes and slowed traffic on The Plaza.
UPDATE (5/22): C-DOT wants to hear from you. They’ve created a survey for neighbors to get their opinions on how the bike lanes functioned, and ask that you complete it at your convenience.
A reminder: C-DOT did study traffic flow, speeds and cars that turned off onto side streets, but this data is not yet available. We will share when we have it though.
Take the survey HERE.
Any additional questions, please feel free to contact PMNA at firstname.lastname@example.org
In coordination with C-DOT and Stroll & Roll Plaza Midwood, PMNA created a trial run for a protected bike lane on The Plaza. This space for bikers and pedestrians will last for just one week though. If you and your family have enjoyed using it or appreciated the slower traffic and additional safety, please take a moment to let our city leaders know about it. If you had concerns about the lanes that you’d like taken into consideration for any future projects, that too is worth letting folks know. The protected lane can become a permanent fixture on The Plaza — but the city needs to hear from YOU!
So, if you are behind this project, here’s what you can do:
1. Download or print out the attached letter in support of the bike lanes or create your own with specific likes/dislikes.
2. Send the letter to each of the following city officials:
Jennifer Roberts, Mayor — Phone: 704-336-2241 / Email: email@example.com
Vi Lyles, TAP Committee Chair & Mayor Pro Tem – Phone: 704-336-3431 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Patsy Kinsey, TAP Vice Chair & District 1 Rep – Phone: 704-336-3432 / Email: email@example.com
Greg Phipps, TAP Member & District 4 Rep – Phone: 704-336-3436 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kenny Smith, TAP Member & District 6 Rep – Phone: 704-336-3433/ Email: email@example.com
Dimple Ajmera, TAP Member & District 5 Rep – Phone: 704-336-2777 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Danny Pleasant, CDOT Director – Phone: 704.336.3879 / Email: email@example.com
Dan Gallagher, CDOT Planning Manager – Phone: 704-336-4984 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ben Miller, Bicycle Program Manager – Phone: 704-336-2278 / Email: email@example.com
3. Sign the “Stroll & Roll Plaza Midwood” petition today to continue to encourage pedestrian and bike safety measures in our neighborhood.
OF NOTE REGARDING THE LANES
* Please know that the status quo WILL NOT be maintained, whichever side you’re on here. One important issue that should impact our decision on the bike lanes is the future road diet on Parkwood Ave, which will run from The Plaza to Belmont. With Parkwood going from four lanes to two at the intersection with Plaza, there will be significant incentive for MORE drivers to turn onto The Plaza if it remains at four lanes. So, as you consider a potential increase of backups at the lights at Belvedere or Central, keep in mind that this is likely to occur either way.
* We genuinely appreciate and want to hear feedback — even the negative stuff. For example, the issue of backed up traffic and confusion about turn lanes at Plaza/Central is a legitimate concern and an item we need to bring to C-DOT’s attention.
On the other hand, simply saying “it’s too slow” and “it took me an hour to get down The Plaza” is not particularly helpful. I assure you, C-DOT is monitoring both the speed and volume of traffic, as well as the number of cars that turn off onto the side streets. These statistics will give us an accurate picture of the real time and traffic that the bike lanes potentially create.
* This section of The Plaza is NOT intended to be a thruway. It is a residential street. Increasing traffic flow is NOT the primary goal. While the overall pace of traffic on The Plaza may have slowed with the bike lanes, that was part of the goal here. The speed limit is 35, but the average speeds of cars previously was well above that.
* Some background reading for those who care to learn more…
Statistical information on bike lanes:
Some national stories on bike lanes (both good and bad):
Again, PMNA is in support of bike lanes/road diet on The Plaza as a means of reducing speeds and increasing bike and pedestrian safety. The walk/bike aspect of our neighborhood is crucial to its character, which is why we are supporting it. This, however, does not mean the organization blindly supports any and all plans to curb traffic or install bike lanes, so we would greatly appreciate your feedback on ways to make the plan as beneficial to all neighbors as possible.