Elmwood Ave Repaving Meeting

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Elmwood Ave Repaving Meeting

If you live along, frequently bike along, or just periodically bike along Elmwood Ave, then this meeting is for you!  An announcement from Community Works Rhode Island:

When:  Wednesday, April  7th, 2010   6:00-7:30 pm

Where: Knight Memorial Library Auditorium (downstairs), 275 Elmwood Ave.

As many of you know, Community Works Rhode Island, our elected officials and other community partners have been working with RIDOT to make sure that the changes coming to Elmwood Ave. reflect the needs expressed by neighborhood residents and others.  Through meeting with neighbors, we know that those needs are:

  • Pedestrian, bike and car safety
  • An improved environment for all using the street
  • Better access to Roger Williams Park
  • Returning Elmwood Ave to a beautiful neighborhood avenue rather than a car-dominated “combat zone”

We have been working with L+A Landscape Architects to produce designs reflecting what the community wants Elmwood Avenue to become.  These designs will be presented to RIDOT in the next few weeks.  We have presented the designs to a number of you already, but want to get more community input before creating final recommendations to deliver to RIDOT.  Please come give your comments on the proposed changes and add your perspective on what needs to happen to make Elmwood Avenue the street it could be!

This is a perfect opportunity to tell RIDOT streets are made for more than just cars.  Please comment on this post if you are planning to attend, so the organizers have a good idea of how many cyclists they might expect.

4 thoughts on - Elmwood Ave Repaving Meeting

  • Labann
    Apr 3, 2010 at 6:37 am

    Elmwood Avenue certainly doesn't need to be 4 lanes, considering the lack of traffic obviated long ago by I-95.

    An innovative, legal solution would be to make the Western edge a combined bike-ped path, then parking, and leave Eastern with 2 wide lanes with parking. The West side has all the schools, parks and small services.

    While they are at it, they could consider restriping Reservoir Ave likewise, only using the Eastern side to access schools.

  • barry
    Apr 3, 2010 at 8:23 am

    I agree the above post is worth considering. Here is a variant of the idea for reducing a general travel lane in each direction modelled on what I saw in Paris: let the curb-side lane be for bikes and buses only, mostly separated by curbing on most of the street. This (possibly counter-intuitive) idea worked because the frequency of both buses and bikes was not that great they need to interfere with each other and the professional bus drivers were responsible about looking out for bikes. The bus frequency on Elmwood is about 5 to 6 per hour each way, and "bus rapid transit" is one of the gaols of the state's transportation plan and this could help.

    I make this comment, not to (yet) recommend that it be implemented, but to show that thinking in different ways to make our roads work for others besides motorists has potential.

  • Apr 4, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Again… if you use this road for cycling, I would strongly encourage you to attend this meeting. These groups need cyclists in NUMBERS to show RIDOT that there is support for doing more than just re-paving and striping the roadway.

    Elmwood Avenue certainly doesn’t need to be 4 lanes, considering the lack of traffic obviated long ago by I-95.

    This is precisely one of the recommendations. They are asking RIDOT to reduce Elmwood to one travel lane in each direction, with a center turn lane where needed. The reclaimed space will be used to house curb extensions, protecting pedestrians as they try to cross the roadway.

    An innovative, legal solution would be to make the Western edge a combined bike-ped path, then parking, and leave Eastern with 2 wide lanes with parking. The West side has all the schools, parks and small services.

    Precisely what they are proposing from the Reservoir split down to the Park.

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