Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on February 3rd, 2011 at 2:46 pm
Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the 50s Bikeway open house event last week (we were sorta busy). If you were at the event, can you share your impressions with us? If you missed it, yet are still interested in learning more about this major bikeway project, PBOT has uploaded all the poster boards displayed at the event so you can take a virtual open house.
Given that the only coverage I've given the event was a brief mention yesterday that focused only on the "haters," I don't want folks to get the impression that there's a lack of support for the project. In fact, from what I've read and heard, the opposite is likely true.
PBOT displayed at the open house.
See them all here.
City staff isn't ready to release the contents of all the feedback they've received, but PBOT project manager Rich Newlands shared with us just how much feedback they received. According to Newlands, 154 people signed in ("we are very pleased with the turn out"), around 250 comments were received at the various comment stations, and approximately another 50 emails have been received (and counting) before and after the open house.
It will be interesting to find out the overall tone of the comments. My hunch tells me that the potential space re-allocation (parking removal) in the southern portion of the alignment will be the biggest issue (we delved further into that a few weeks ago).
PBOT has uploaded all the poster boards that were on display at the event. You can download them from the 50s Bikeway Project webpage to study up before the next open house.
This project is a big deal. It's been 13 years in the making, and it will become a major artery in our bikeway system for decades to come.
Again, I'd love to hear from anyone who went to the event. What is your sense of how strongly this project is supported — or reviled — by the surrounding community? Thanks for sharing.