Monday, August 26, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013
|one vision of a bike path converted from a drainage ditch (cycleicio.us)|
On the heels of hearing a proposal for part of the Barwell Center being used for community gardening, or the site of a "farmery" (see a post below), the group noted that the center is a historic building. Chris Chandler said his parents used to take him there as a kid, to see the plants, the water features, etc. At very least, we need to preserve it, he said, others noting that it's a great location.
The group agreed that we should take this opportunity in the Barnwell's renovations to help brainstorm about how it could be used. We'll be inviting Grace Peterson and others to do that with us this next month.
NEW BIKE RACKS NOTED DOWNTOWN, THOUGH NOT OF MUCH USE
Maurice Loridan updated us on bike facilities downtown. There are three new sets of bike racks that someone at Sportran has installed, apparently without educating themselves in how bike racks work. One set is at Elvis Presley and Milam that look like microphones; they’re not especially functional as you have to thread your lock through a space that’s easy to overlook; it’s also right next to an iron fence where people often lock their bikes more easily. The other racks are on Travis Street where you can only lock your front wheel. Bike thieves can easily disconnect a quick-release front wheel, take off with your bike and leaving you the wheel. These racks are all positioned by public surface parking lots--not a popular destination for cyclists. ABS and this blog has long advocated bike racks being placed at places where alternative transportation users tend to go, like Robinson, Artspace, Co-habitat, etc.
DARA SANDERS TO GIVE UNIFIED DEVELOPMENT CODE TALK SATURDAY
Jon Soul said on Saturday at the Independence Stadium Skybox, Dara Sanders will be presenting the latest on the Unified Development Code.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Seriously though, I especially like how it could increase your safety by giving you a larger presence on the road. I'd think drivers would be more likely to assume you're occupying the full lane that a bike is entitled to anyway. I wonder if it would give more confidence to those who don't feel comfortable biking in traffic.
|An sketch of a "farmary"|
Our first meeting of the year is Monday at 6:00 p.m.!
We'll talk about ideas for the city, problems, prospects, etc. We'll hear updates on the dog park, the Barnwell Center, the Bayou to Bay project, biking kids to school, and about the Healthy Green Into the Outside initiative to combat obesity.
For instance, Lani Duke reports that the "Farmery" shown here has been floated as the kind of thing that could be done at Barnwell.
|A real farmery in the background, but I'm looking at what they're all looking at!|
And you can see my interview on KTBS here. I talked about the notion of converting drainage ditches to bike paths. That the idea that stimulated Peter Bonce to invite ABS to join the Healthy Green initiative.
We meet at the Wright Math Building, across from Magale Library on Woodlawn on Centenary's campus.
Anyone's welcome to join us!
Friday, August 16, 2013
ABetterShreveport will be able to contribute from a number of angles, but mostly, perhaps by pushing bike paths and nature trails, particularly our long-held vision for using our drainage ditches to create a network for healthy transportation.
One possibility is capping it, while keeping or improving it's capacity to deal with storm water. Could be nice, don't you think?
|or, just add a sidewalk|
|and for security (though crime would likely go down anyway)|
|plenty of possibilities, some concrete (in blue), some natural (red)|
Monday, August 12, 2013
Jimmie Davis Bridge re-do to include bicycle-pedestrian lanes; DOTD meet on Th, Aug 15, Barksdale Baptist Church
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development(DOTD) will host a public meeting to discuss the Environmental Assessment(EA) for the proposed upgrade to a portion of Jimmie Davis Highway (LA 511) to improve the crossing of the Red River, says
The meeting will take place Thursday,
August 15, 2013, 6:00 p.m.to 8:00 p.m. at Barksdale Baptist Church located at 1714 Jimmie Davis
Highway in Bossier City. The purpose of the meeting is to present the status of the proposed project
and to solicit comments from the public. The meeting will be conducted in open house format and include stations where attendees can speak informally with members of the project team, view project area displays, and review known environmental issues.
Commensurate with the development of Line andGrade studies, an EA will be prepared for the project.
The project area extends from East Dixie Meadow Road in Caddo Parish to Barksdale Boulevard (US 71)
in Bossier Parish. The proposed action by DOTD involves developing a crossing of the Red River at LA
511 that provides two 12‐foot travel lanes in each direction with 4‐foot inside shoulders and 8‐foot outside shoulders and a shared use trail that connects the existing trails in Arthur Ray Teague Parkway
and Clyde Fant Parkway. Various alternatives are also being studied.
All interested citizens are invited and encouraged to attend the public meeting. Comments and suggestions are needed to help ensure that the project team addresses the full range of environmental issues during the EA study process. Both verbal and written comments will be received at the meeting.
All comments must include the commenter’s name and address. Comments will also be accepted until August 25, 2013 via the following methods:
Red River Bridge at Jimmie Davis Highway EA
P.O. Box 56845
New Orleans, LA 70156