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Hump day Midtown. There is mucho to talk about so let’s get started.

I stopped in at Republic Coffee for a cup of wake up. I met the new barista who started today. Get to know me, I am here every day. Iced coffee please. Easy.

While at work, I ran into the mailman. As I was waiting for him to deliver the mail, I chatted with him a bit. “I bet you see just about everything that people try to ship”. “Oh yeah” he said. “We get boxes with antlers sticking out both sides. Urns, so grandma can take that trip across the country she always wanted to take. They even ship whole bodies of people”. Okay. Sounds like the mail is NOT boring. Or just weird. Don’t ship grandma via the U.S. mail. At least send her Fedex.

For you Deep Purple fans, I found one of the passes I used while working. See it below. “I’m a highway star”.

Cooper Young First Thursday is tomorrow. Get out and have some fun. If I am able, I will take a few pictures. I have really enjoyed going to some past events in Cooper Young.

Friday 7/8 Live At the Gardens features Michael McDonald and Boz Skaggs. Yes, I have worked a Michael McDonald show. I have no memories of the show other than a friend doing a very bad impersonation of MM. Steely Dan (my arch-enemy) was on the bill as well.

So what did I do tonight? The Madison Ave. bike meeting #2 was held at Minglewood Hall at 5:30 p.m. This was a GREAT meeting. The event ran very smoothly. I have a good list of what was presented and discussed. Steve Otterman (sp) presented the information to the roughly 150 person crowd. Also on hand was Wade Walker transportation engineer. The notes below are what I typed as the information was presented.

Bike meeting #2 7/6/11

Steve Otterman – presentation

Wade Walker – trans engineer

Story so far
Meeting #2 – design options
In August Madison street milled
In September street paved

Improve street scape, strengthen connection.
Cleveland to Cooper repaved
Make Madison GREAT
Used to be trolley, parking on Madison
Pedestrians, cyclists
Balance pedestrians, bikes, motorists
Celebrating crosswalks
Lots of words from last meeting suggestions

Safer way to cross Madison
Creating a beautiful environment
Complete streets for all
Not vanilla streets, use different options

Results –
126 people attended last meeting
People attending last meeting want:

To be safe and secure in their car or on foot
More people, more business
Unique Place
Art in public space
Work and live on Madison
Clean streets, shaded area’s
Good traffic flow and parking

Signs of success
Madison becomes a “Destination Place”
Better connections
More sales and tax revenue
New construction and business
More people
To be able to live on Madison without car

Primary interest
Customers in shops
No harm to existing business
Pedestrian and bike friendly
Sense of community
More people #1 priority

Comments cards suggestions:
Bike lanes
Better lighting
Incentives to fill vacant lots
Gazebos (My suggestion!)
Don’t hurt existing business
Bike lanes + businesses = better Madison
291 answered the online survey

Trends from survey
Primary visit to Madison – eat or dine
People often drive on Madison 65%, every week
Few walk or bike Madison
How often do people go to Madison? several times month
1/3 of people shop on Madison
More see entertainment
Some use Madison to commute

More people want to bike on Madison but do not feel that it is safe
Thing that prevent people from going to Madison – not safe, to difficult to cross street or walk down Madison

How fast are you driving on Madison?

Decrease speed from 35 mph to 30 mph, most would continue to drive on Madison

Most don’t take transit on Madison
Fare cost was not the deciding factor

Bike on Madison
Most want protected bike lanes 80-90%

Who took the survey? Ages 18-50, more men took the survey than women, most survey takers live in neighborhood

Traffic results

Wade Walker speaks
Creating a safer Madison and a great street thru modifications

Cars move people
People living in Madison corridor
Complete street is balance
Gap closure If people don’t feel safe, they won’t come
Respectful of context of street
Create healthy community
Economic health

Collected data –

Volume 12000- 13000 per day one way
81 % of cars were travelling 41 mph or higher

Volume and capacity are different  things
Highest Traffic on Madison from data collected last week:

700 per hour in evening
Can carry 28000 cars per day
17000 cars with turn lanes

Early 80s traffic was 21000 per day
Can accommodate growth
More driveways = volume goes down. 4 lanes
Modification = 5% – 10% give or take = traffic remains steady in all other studies.

Right sizing street – benefit slower traffic speed, eliminate cars moving from lane to lane.
Narrower lanes = see what is beyond the up coming turn
Cone of vision increases with slower speed. The slower you drive, the more you see along the way. Stores / shops on each street.
speed kills
Cars travelling at 40 mph, pedestrians have 15% chance of living if pedestrian hit by a car
Reduce speed = much less weaving
In 2008 accidents were 36% weaving accidents; reduced weaving accidents by a turn lane
17-75% reduction in accidents with turn lane
Edgewater example 34% reduction in crash rate

Creates increase of economic vitality

Road easier to cross, people will shop other stores across the street

Post increased parking on street:
People felt safer
Move people, not just cars

How to make it better for all?

Trade offs
Maintaining volumes
Safe speeds
Fewer accidents
On street parking
Attract business

60 ft curb to curb
4 traffic lanes

Overton Sq 6 ft median

Traffic history
holding steady now
Reduce speed, increase capacity
Data from last week:

7:30 a.m. 500 cars going east
5:00 p.m. cars going west, 610 cars

(one car was clocked over 70 mph at Overton Square in early morning!)

204 parking spaces now
10-12 stores shops restaurant
100 people in condos

4 lane traffic
On street parking
Protected bike lane

Option A, 4 lanes traffic, Bike lanes, parking on one side

Option B, 4 lanes traffic, shared bike lane, parking both sides

Option C, Parking both side, bike lanes, 3 lanes of traffic

Option D, 5 lanes, left and right turn lanes
No parking on street, shared bike lane

Overton Square
Option E
4 lanes traffic. median, shared bike lane

Option F
2 lanes traffic,  median, on street, parking, bike lanes

The audience then broke into four different groups (four different sections of Madison that people most wanted to voice their opinions about). My choice of group was Tucker to Cooper. A map was placed on the table and a tracing paper was placed over the map to draw on. We voiced concerns about intersections (esp. near the Dublin House where it is difficult to cross the street). We as a group also wanted as much on street parking as possible for the businesses along this section of Madison. Bike lanes was very important to our group. We all wanted a bike lane down this section of Madison. It was great that we could voice our opinion of what we wanted to see occur on Madison. If you don’t like the outcome, you had your chance to voice your opinion! When I see bike lanes on Madison, I will say, “I was part of that”.

(Update: here is the link from Madison Bike Lane meeting #1)

That is a wrap Midtown. Life is waiting for you, right outside your front door. Go check it out Midtown.   (Click on the calendar below!)