Underwhelming corridor studies up for review
Announcement: with some crank
Public input sought tonight on Traverse City’s Draft Corridor Framework Plans (PDF). The meeting will be held from 6-8 pm at the Traverse Area District Library.
I don’t have time to find much positive to say about the newly released corridor studies (PDF). At first glance, and I stress only a glance, it isn’t very promising. The trust is that this is only a first step. The reality is, it’s probably what we are stuck with. Nonetheless, there must be some positives in this study–right? I let you to find them.
If I lived in SoFo, I’d be upset, because the 14th St. right of way improvements aren’t promising…I don’t get it, it’s a 25-mph zone in a mixed use corridor…why encourage higher speeds with 14-ft lanes? The minimum lane width on an expressway is 12-ft! The excuse is to make it a shared lane. Foul ball!
14th St. is exactly the street that you put bike lanes on–it’s a major gateway route, already has congestion, people need access to businesses, and is now a place people avoid. The explanation says there isn’t room…bullyhats…40 ft of pavement is plenty. Suggestion: 6 foot bicycle lanes, 10 foot travel lanes and a 8 foot turning lane–that’s 40-ft. It would provide design befitting a bicycle friendly city, it would help keep motorized traffic below 30-mph, and it would relive congestion. And, it might actually be a place worth supporting.
To suggest that wider travel lanes make a street safer, for anyone, is dangerous by design.
Don’t even get me going on the cross-section of Garfield Ave….really? This is innovation?
Again, tonight at 6pm at the Library. Or, contact the City Planner and Panning Commission.
Press Release from Planning Department:
Corridor Project Seeks Public Input
Presentation of Plans for Eighth St., Garfield Ave., Fourteenth St., East Front St. and West Front St.
Early this year, a Community Workshop was held to kickoff an improvement project for five key Traverse City corridors to help the City understand what it can do to help these streets flourish. Since then, City staff has been working closely with a team of consultants and a Project Steering Committee to prepare plans for improving these important corridors. Each corridor has been studied to identify and plan for a range of issues and opportunities for improvement including: traffic, circulation, biking and pedestrian orientation/safety, land use and development potential among others topics.
The draft plans for the five corridors – Garfield Ave., Eighth Street, Fourteenth Street, East Front St. and West Front St. – will be presented on Wednesday, October 17th from 6-8 p.m. at the Traverse Area District Library on Woodmere Ave. Public comment on the draft plans is welcome and needed to guide their final development.
Elizabeth Whelan is a Boardman Neighborhood resident and member of the Corridor Steering Committee. “The overall goal of the project is to find out what we can do to make these streets better – for residents, for businesses and for all those who use them to get around, whether by car, bike or foot. The Community Workshop generated many good ideas, but we really need people to look over and weigh in on these draft plans.”
The draft plans are the result of an 8 month study that included:
- An analysis of existing conditions on the corridors,
- 3 workshops gathering public input,
- A web-based community issues mapping and visual preference survey,
- A demographic and economic analysis.
The plans, once complete, will guide the City in making decisions concerning transportation, housing and physical improvements to the streets. More information can be found on the City’s web site www.ci.traverse-city.mi.us or by contacting City Planning at 231.922.4778.
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