15 Aug Providence Bike & Ped Advisory Commission meeting today Advocacy 15 Aug, 2012 eric The Providence Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission meets today, 4-5:30, 444 Westminster St, 1st fl. Agenda and other info can be found at the Secretary of State’s website: http://sos.ri.gov/openmeetings//index.php?page=view_entity&id=6057 « RIDOT closing section of Coventry Greenway – August 20th A Ciclovía for Providence » 5 Comments Flecha Aug 15, 2012 at 11:49 am Open to the public? Much of the public have jobs and can't get to a meeting downtown at 4pm. Labann Aug 15, 2012 at 3:35 pm It's assumed if you ride a bicycle you have no life or job. 1st class employed citizens only care about highways that exclude cyclists and pedestrians, well that and conspicuous consumption of resources and revenues. The hot topic among those overburdened taxpayers is, "When is the viaduct project going to start?" or "Will the viaduct being torn down increase my commute by 5 mintues?" Soon and you hope only 5 minutes, otherwise motorists will be diverting to surface secondaries as detours and likely passing in breakdown lanes and not sharing roads. But there's not much point to commenting here anymore: Every post is scrutinized before allowed, and no longer appears on front page, not even a leader. Commentary is buried, just like opinions expressed at these meetings, no more than a pressure valve so cyclists don't go totally mad from deliberate neglect. barry Aug 17, 2012 at 9:49 am Labann, that is just way too negative and foolishly gets in the way of encouraging bike advocacy. We would never even have an East Bay Bike Path if that attitude had prevailed in face of serious opposition from abutters, town governments, Bradley Hospital Squantum Club etc. George Redman, who led the advocacy, has now passed away but he will be remembered for being positive and NOT giving up and achieving his goal But he had allies at RIDOT they are still supporting a bike program even though the new Federal law no longer requires one. Mayor Tavares did not have to form this bike/ped committee but he has. That said, I hope the bike/ped committee, facing difficulties in improving bike conditions on Providence's mainly narrow old streets, pays attention to the new streets being designed along the old I-195 corridor including the bike/ped bridge on its old piers, for conditions under the I-95 viaduct, and advocates for enforcement of road safety laws including speeding, red-light running etc. Labann Aug 22, 2012 at 10:03 am City only has jurisdiction on municipal streets, period. Feds have a say on interstates, 2 of which converge in Providence. State has a major say on many important city roads: 1 (Elmwood, North Main), 1A (Allens Ave), 2 (Reservoir), 6 (Hartford, Point St), 7 (Douglas), 10, 44 (Smith), 117 (Broad). If they were only compliant to ADA, CFR and state law, Taveras wouldn't need bike advisors, although there's no end to pedestrian complaints. I don't think advisory group should hold out hope of improving city roads; spent too much time with 3 mayors and got nowhere. You can't even ride a bike on some since pavement is so badly degraded, like Thurbers Ave, which passes a school. For shame. Foolish is having no moral outrage for such travesties as a $35 million bike-ped bridge that crosses Seekonk River but doesn't connect to an adequate bridge across adjacent Providence River because $700 million I-way provided no biking facilities. Labann Aug 22, 2012 at 10:04 am Something neat I noticed while rolling through downtown at 5:30 AM was the underlit sidewalk outside Ernst & Young across from Turk's Head. I was aware of the glass bricks but never in 40 years has anyone had the subterranean lights on when I happened by. I have given praise when due, made many positive statements here, and singlehandedly achieved much in bicyclists favor statewide. Henderson (Rt 6 bypass) is still squeeky clean; getting used to using it instead of Washington catwalk, on which lately I've seen heavy equipment and other vehicles making progress. Maybe we won't care 2 years hence.