Petition to Mr. James J. Tedesco III, Mr. James Koth, Mr. Raymond J. Cywinski, Mr. Benedict Romeo, Mr. Peter Rustin, Mr. John Glidden
Northern Valley Greenway: Convert Unused, Unsightly Dangerous Rail Tracks to Trails
LET'S START WITH A STUDY OF THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONVERT THE UNUSED, UNSIGHTLY, DANGEROUS RAILS TO AN AMAZING GREENWAY This petition is to gain support for conducting a study to examine the feasibility of replacing a portion of CSX’s unused Northern Branch train line (the section from Tenafly to Northvale) with a greenway (think: cycling and pedestrian path). Based on comparisons with other Rails to Trails conversion projects, the Northern Valley Greenway should generate a wide range of benefits for the greater Northern Valley community, including increased physical activity, fewer pedestrian and cyclist crashes with motor vehicles, increased business activity and improved working environment, and less air pollution. If you have any doubt about the need for such a path, simply get on the road between 6am and 9am any day of the week. The interaction between automobiles, buses and trucks with cyclists, joggers, and children walking to school is absolutely frightening. Think about a beautiful greenway with the following in mind: Safe Path for Children in Closter, Demarest, Cresskill and Tenafly to get to school http://www.northjersey.com/news/cresskill-boy-13-killed-after-bike-is-struck-by-tractor-trailer-school-community-stunned-1.1357307 Easy access and usage by Senior Citizen centers that are coincidently near the tracks (Tenafly Senior Center, Sunrise Nursing Home in Cresskill). Pedestrian paths improve quality of life which translates into increase property values in Closter, Demarest, Cresskill and Tenafly – as well as surrounding towns Revitalization of downtown Closter, Demarest, Cresskill and Tenafly business district with increased foot traffic http://www.closterboro.com/closter/Boards%20%26%20Commissions/Planning%20Board/2008%20Master%20Plan%20Reexamination.pdf BACKGROUND The unused, unsightly, dangerous train tracks have a name: the Northern Branch. There is a great write-up on the Northern Branch on Wikipedia. The train line has been in the news as the part of the line that starts in North Bergen and travels through several towns ending in Englewood. That portion of the line is slated to be converted into a commuter rail. The project was originally proposed to terminate in Tenafly but Tenafly residents successfully fought it. Sullivan, S. P. (December 21, 2011), "As NJ Transit plans light rail for Bergen County, Tenafly officials look to divert the train", NJ.com, retrieved 2011-12-21. As it stands now, the train will terminate in front of Englewood Hospital, leaving the rest of the line from Englewood Hospital through Tenafly, Cresskill, Demarest, Closter, Norwood, Northvale and Piermont, unused. This proposal is focused on Tenafly to Northvale but could easily include connecting to the existing Piermont pedestrian path. In fact, the Northern Branch traveled far upstate New York but the tracks were removed and converted into a trail and bike path. The paths that replaced the rail tracks are known by several names - the Joseph B. Clarke Rail-Trail to Piermont, the Old Erie Path to Grand View, and the Raymond G. Esposito Trail to Nyack.” Background Sources and Reference Sites: Haworth Teen Gets Interest In Rail Trail Back On Track | Northern http://northernvalley.dailyvoice.com/news/haworth-teen-gets-interest-in-rail-trail-back-on-track/692237/Dec 7, 2016 - TENAFLY, N.J. — Alex Philliou of Haworth, a junior at Dwight-Englewood School, has collected 1215 signatures on a change.org petition .. Alex Philliou '18 is “on track” to change Rail Traild-etoday.org/alex-philliou-18-is-on-track-to-change-rail-trail/Alex Philliou '18 is “on track” to create a new rail trail along an unused CSX train line on the Northern Branch Line. The proposed rail trail would create a walking http://www.northjersey.com/opinion/opinion-letters-to-the-editor/the-record-letters-wednesday-dec-2-1.1465676?page=all Alexander Philliou letter to the Editor 12/1/15 http://northjersy.news/2gmkoLD Letter: Petition to turn rails into pedestrian trail. Alexander Philliou, 11/21/16 http://headwaterseconomics.org/trail http://recon.rutgers.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Economic-Impacts-of-Active-Transportation-in-NJ.pdf https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Branch https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Branch_Corridor_Project
Petition to Charlie Baker (Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts), John McCormack, Stephanie Pollack, Thomas Koch, Nina Liang, Noel DiBona, Kirsten Hughes, Brad Croall, Brian Palmucci, William Harris, Ian Cain, Anne Mahoney, Katy Zazzera, David McCarthy, John Keenan, Tackey Chan, Bruce Ayers
How are #WollastonStation Commuters coping with the station shutdown?
Ladies and Gentlemen: Now that the #WollastonStation is closed, please listen to your constituents who will be casting ballots this November. To get a sense of how Wollaston Station commuters are dealing with the shutdown, they are invited to participate in a short survey. https://www.esurveycreator.com/s/18b6a97 The survey results will be shared when the survey concludes. Please keep the lines of communication open between the MBTA and Wollaston Station commuters.
Petition to Portland Bureau of Transportation, Dan Saltzman, Leah Treat
Support the Lincoln-Harrison Neighborhood Greenway Project
The Lincoln-Harrison Neighborhood Greenway is one of the oldest neighborhood greenways in the city, but one of the worst performing in terms of speed and volume of vehicles. Support the city's proposal to improve this greenway and make it safer for kids, cyclists, runners, walkers and dogs! Neighborhood Greenways are an essential part of Portland’s transportation needs and your support is essential! Read more about the improvements and why they are so important: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/75123
Petition to BikePedPA
Better Cycling Signage in Chester County
Road signage designed to protect cyclists and warn drivers of potential cyclists along popular cycling routes is seriously deficient in our area. Millions are spent on bike paths and pedestrian/cycling bridges like the one in Valley Forge, but little is dedicated to good (and plentiful) signage where most of us ride. The "Share The Road" sign is out-dated, largely ignored, and too general. We, as avid cyclists, would like to see more signage that is more cautionary, more informative, and more easily understood by drivers. Signs like "Please give cyclists four feet of space," "Do not pass cyclists on blind corners or hills," "Caution: Cyclists Likely," "Slow Down; Popular Cycling Route," "Expect Cyclists; please pass with care," are all good examples of better signage. By using heat-maps, like the ones on Strava, we can predetermine the most heavily traveled areas by cyclists, and put the signs where they will be most effective. Having "share the road" signs on roads where no intelligent cyclist is likely to be is just a waste of resources. Having nothing is worse. The originator of this petition (Gibbs Tolsdorf) is volunteering to help PennDOT finalize the semantics and graphics of the new signage and also aid in determining the locations where they will be most effective.