PROTECT THE WOODDALE/BROWNDALE HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOOD: KEEP OUR STREETS GREEN AND SAFE!

PROTECT THE WOODDALE/BROWNDALE HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOOD: KEEP OUR STREETS GREEN AND SAFE!

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Wooddale/Browndale United for Safe Streets started this petition to St. Louis Park City Council

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The City of St. Louis Park is proposing to reduce on-street parking on Wooddale Avenue. S. from 42½ - 44th from 89 spaces to 13; widen the street by eliminating boulevard trees for parking “bump outs” and add segregated bikeway lanes on both sides of the street. The city has also indicated that they plan to reclassify Wooddale Avenue S. from 42½ - 44th streets as a “Major Collector Road,” thereby increasing traffic significantly.

The city intends to remove 13 mature, flourishing trees: The plan will result in consequential damage to the environment when the city removes 13 mature trees on an historic residential street. It also puts 15 more trees at significant risk because of damage incurred during construction of parking bays. A sizeable amount of boulevard space will be replaced with asphalt, thereby increasing contaminated runoff. 

This plan will increase traffic speeds, volumes, and truck traffic. This plan will increase traffic speeds, volumes, and truck traffic. It will actually decrease cyclist and pedestrian safety. Even more horrifying, the plan removes four critical crosswalks: one at Morningside Road and Wooddale that connects to Browndale Park and three at the 3-way stop at Wooddale, Princeton, and 42 1/2 Street that connect to Susan Lindgren Elementary School, putting our schoolchildren at alarming risk and DISCONNECTING the Park.

This extreme loss of parking with no nearby options puts seniors and persons with disabilities at grave risk. We require on-street parking for guests, home-maintenance and construction trucks, delivery trucks, and for our very livelihood.  Without parking, these vehicles will block entire lanes and create hazardous conditions for cyclists and cars; cars and large trucks (and open doors) will prohibit drivers and cyclists from spotting oncoming traffic. Furthermore, adjoining streets where parking is allowed will be overwhelmed with parked cars.

This excessive, irresponsible and financially reckless plan will cost the taxpayers of St. Louis Park almost $425,000 dollars, as opposed to our plan that will cost a small fraction of what the city is proposing.

Our plan will make Wooddale, and surrounding roads, SAFER for all children, pedestrians, and cyclists.

The residents of the Browndale Neighborhood urge City Council members to act now to:

Reject expensive, extreme bikeway measures that eliminate trees and parking, increase traffic speeds and volume, and decrease livability.

Calm Wooddale traffic to increase safety, reduce vehicle speeds, volume, and commercial truck traffic.

Keep on-street parking intact with NO reductions. Parked cars are the most effective method to narrow streets, slow traffic and provide a proven safety "buffer" for pedestrians.

Add “Share the Road” (sharrow) signage and on-street markings for the safety of cyclists and the consistency of road design with surrounding streets.

Reject the functional re-classification of Wooddale from local residential to major collector road.

Please contact us at saveourneighborhoodSLP@gmail.com to be included in our e-mails and get all of the research that backs up our conclusions.  THANK YOU!
 

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