Go Team! Policy Changes Need Love Too
A couple of items from last night’s City Commission meeting deserve a nod of appreciation to the City Commission. First, the City passed a Complete Street resolution without comment. It may not be the bold resolution or ordinance that some of us would have written, but as long the actions to follow include the planning, consideration and implementation for all users–it’s all good.
The regional Complete Streets Coalition is still valuable and could use your energy.
A second item the City Commission passed shortly after the resolution, was an amendment to City Code of Ordinances, Uniform Traffic Code Section 410.03, that requires all vehicles (including bicycles) to stop for pedestrians in marked crosswalks. State law only requires a yield, or as some like to say, that a driver doesn’t hit a pedestrian. There is an attempt to change the state law, but that has yet move out of committee. By passing this ordinance, Traverse City joins Ann Arbor in passing policy that will help people safely cross a street. A2 recently began ticketing people for not following their local law (A2.com)
The incomplete map below shows the city’s marked crosswalks. Unregulated crosswalks are crossings without lights or stop signs, but otherwise marked. There was a concern by commissioners about proper and adequate signage that I will address in the future. Basically, I commend them for being careful, but I have a concern about over signage and that it may actually be less than helpful. For now though, go team!
Other items addressed last night involve the hotel tunnel (not moved forward), Cherry Capital project (now the Front St. Cass St project, moved forward), a change to the parking code (moved forward with changes), the parks and recreation element to the master plan (adopted)….We may or may not get to these.
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