NOTE: Are you feeling the schedule crunch? Do you sense a surplus of events, actions and stuff to pay attention to, participate in and in general ‘do’? Here at MyWHaT, we promote a Take Back Your Time approach. It’s better for us all if more people accepted that they can’t do it all. As said before, a basic rule for everyday: cancel one thing on the to-do list, everyday. Doesn’t matter whether if it’s big or small. It will all even out in the end. You’ll be more effective and our public space will have one less stressed out person.
Now that the disclaimer is out-of-the-way, here are some upcoming events/actions/issues to schedule beach and hammock time around:
- Contact MI State Senate Transportation Comm (Today • Anytime via email): MI Complete Streets Coalition is asking supporters of complete street policy to contact senators before a Wednesday transportation committee hearing on current legislation. They’ve provided an explanation of the bills, a sample letter of support and contact information. 1-2-3, easy as pie.
- Michigan By Rail Public Forum (Thursday July 22 • 7-9PM @ Civic Center): Did you participate in the Grand Vision workshops? This forum will be similar and participants will be asked to draw the vision for Michigan’s future railway network. Where do you want to go by rail? Grand Rapids? Ann Arbor? This is an excellent opportunity, because the federal transportation department is asking MDOT to update it’s 35-year-old rail plan through the The federal Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008.
- Modern Roundabout Presentation (Monday July 26 • 4-6:30PM @ Hagerty Center): MyWHaT has provided tons-o-resources about the modern roundabout, including a map of Michigan’s Roundies. TC is stepping-up the effort to educate & ease the predictable skepticism. With the help of area agencies, the city has invited engineer Ian Lockwood from AECOM, to provide insight about roundabouts. This is a free educational presentation, including input from MDOT, about the benefits and issues around the modern roundabout. Later in the evening, he will be presenting to the TC City Commission.
- Auto*mate, a dangerous doc at TCFF (Saturday July 31 • 6PM @ Milliken Auditorium): The Traverse City Film Festival is an excellent celebration of public space. The number of people who spend the entire week downtown is astounding. MyWHaT wants to point out one film in particular, Auto*mate which details the movement in Prague to reclaim the streets. described by the film as “an initiative created as a call to arms for the citizens of Prague to band together for a healthier and livelier city.” There’s talk of a group ride along Front St./US-31 to the film. Get your tickets, more info to come.
I probably missed something. Feel free to chime in with an addition with a comment.