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Petition to Frederick Akshar, Jason Garner, Rose Sotak, W.John SChaffer, Donna Lupardo

Build the Bridge and Bridge the Gap: A gateway between Endwell and Vestal

Within the Greater Binghamton area is a Transportation  and Community Gap. That Gap exists between the Communities of Endwell (Town of Union), the Town of Vestal and access to State Route 17 / future Interstate 86. This division is created by the lack of a bridge over the Susquehanna River between Endwell and Vestal and creates unnecessary car and truck congestion on the Vestal Parkway and unnecessary travel distance to Vestal from Endwell and return. We believe the Hamlet of Endwell (Town of Union) and the Town of Vestal should have a bridge that provides auto, bicycle and walking capability between the two communities connecting Hooper Road in Endwell to the Sycamore or Africana Road area  in the Town of Vestal. Additionally, East and West access (on and Off) to I-86 would be provided from Vestal. A current westbound exit would remain for Endwell while a new eastbound exit would be added from I-86. Additionally, a westbound entrance to I-86 from Endwell would be added leaving the current eastbound entrance from the George F Highway.  A multipurpose bridge would allow a 24 x 7 connection and reliable access for everyone to commute between the communities and services offered. Additionally, this would also alleviate congestion within the Vestal Parkway corridor and also allow better for access between the communities and the highway. This proposal would benefit residents of both Vestal and Endwell, as well as the entire Greater Binghamton community and transportation and emergency response system. This solution would: - Reduce traffic congestion through and around the Vestal Parkway, (Old) Vestal road and Route 201 areas. - Provide quicker and more convenient access to Interstate 86 for residents, out of area shoppers and trucking. - Reduce the number of trucks and other vehicles traveling Route 434 / Vestal parkway. - Add a necessary alternate route for emergency vehicles and residents to exit or enter both communities when other roads are flooded or blocked by unexpected circumstances. - Generate new opportunities for residents on both sides of the river. - Generate and Expand new opportunities and investment created by better community access. - Increase patronage for local businesses within both communities. - Increase business patronage through better access for highway travelers. - Promote healthy lifestyles by creating a bicycle and pedestrian lane to bridge the communities together. - Reduce distances residents must travel to get to either community. - Decrease emissions and improve air quality. - Connect communities and better showcase the communities. - Better meet 21st Century transportation and community needs. We, the undersigned residents, respectfully request that each of our elected public officials including,  local supervisors and boards, state and federal representatives make building a bridge connecting Endwell (Town of Union) and the Town of Vestal your highest priority and that you work diligently to get approvals, funding and construction completed within the next three to five years. For copies of the petition to place in your business please contact:Robert PotochniakLic Assoc Real Estate BrokerExit Realty Vestal NYEmail: realestate@BPoto.comCell 607-759-4760

Robert Potochniak
2,836 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Ted Wheeler, Amanda Fritz, Nick Fish, Jo Ann Hardesty, Chloe Eudaly, Lynn Peterson, Shirley Craddick, Christine Lewis, Craig Dirksen, Juan Carlos Gonzalez, Sam Chase, Bob Stacey

Save the Washington Park and Zoo Railway.

In 1958 the Washington Park and Zoo Railway was born and a regional treasure opened to the public.  I need your help because the Oregon Zoo, a service of Metro, and the City of Portland have decided to destroy this regional treasure and the magic of the Washington Park and Zoo Railway.  In the Washington Park Master Plan they've decided to ignore 60 years of history and countless comments to repair the Washington Park and Zoo Railway by turning it into a café and 12' paved "multi-use" path. As many of you know, in 2013, the main Washington Park route was damaged.  It went from a magical 30 minute ride through the forest to the Rose Garden and back to a sad 6 minute ride that goes straight out, around a trestle, and back.  Over the years hundreds of comment cards have been turned in with complaints asking Oregon Zoo to fix the full route.  Community members continued their outcry to save the Washington Park and Zoo Railway on March 15th, 2018 during City of Portland public testimony, where they overwhelming disapproved with the City's plan to destroy the rail in favor of a 12' paved path.  The community wants the full route repaired so their children and grandchildren can experience the magic they remember from their childhood when they rode the Washington Park and Zoo Railway.  What we have now is a disappointment that does not inspire the hearts and memories of children but instead breaks the hearts of the parents and grandparents who desired a unique opportunity to a shared treasured experience with a different generation. I can tell you with 100% conviction that if the City of Portland and Metro had worked with the staff of the Oregon Zoo, they could have easily raised the money and fixed the full route years ago by simply asking patrons to donate what they could towards the cause.  I can tell you with 100% conviction that if the City of Portland and Metro asked the community to fundraise the money, the community would fund raise the money.  I myself on March 15th, 2018, gave public testimony to the City of Portland Council that I'd be willing to start a Non-profit and do the fundraising for them.  It went ignored but that offer still stands. If you're interested in saving the regional treasure that is the Washington Park and Zoo Railway, please sign this petition, "like" our Facebook Page, and share both far and wide.  A treasure is about to be destroyed but we can still save it.   

Dana Carstensen
36,707 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to David Briley, Bird , Lime , Lyft (scooters), JUMP , Spin , Gotcha , Metro Council

Save Scooters in Nashville: solutions exist, an outright ban is premature

THE PROBLEM WITH SCOOTERS: Since electric scooters arrived in Nashville in May 2018, complaints about them have been growing. On May 19th, Brady Gaulke died from injuries he sustained as a result of a horrific accident with an SUV while riding a scooter. He was 26 years-old. His death is a tragedy and my condolences go out to his family, friends, and loved-ones. In addition to safety concerns, there are other problems with scooters: Improperly parked scooters clutter and sometimes even block sidewalks, which creates not only an eye-sore and an inconvenience to pedestrians, but can be dangerous to those who are physically disabled (e.g. blind or in a wheelchair). Scooter riders sometimes do not obey traffic laws, creating a roadway hazard for others and sometimes injuring themselves. Scooter riders often do not wear helmets. Now Mayor Briley has issued an ultimatum to scooter companies: address safety concerns and ensure scooters are being used responsibly within 30 days or face an outright ban. THE BENEFITS OF SCOOTERS: Despite these problems, scooters serve an important transportation need in Nashville and have many benefits: Scooters are a convenient and affordable mode of transportation, and provide a much-needed alternative to public transportation. Scooters reduce congestion from Uber and Lyft cars by providing an alternative for relatively short trips. Scooters provide a solution to "the last mile" transportation problem. Whether we take a bus or drive (and then park), usually there's a bit of a walk (i.e. "the last mile) involved at some point. Scooters provide an easy, convenient, and relatively quick way to get through this "last mile." Scooter companies create jobs and extra income opportunities (via "charging" freelance work) for Nashville residents. POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS TO SCOOTER PROBLEMS: There are many potential solutions to the problems with scooters that have yet to be explored. Scooter companies could: Provide funding to the Metro Police Department or the Parking Patrol division of Public Works in order to finance dedicated scooter enforcement personnel. Use GPS to require users to park scooters in one of the 12 designated "corrals" established by Metro Public Works within the "restricted parking zone" downtown and automatically fine those who do not. Establish more "restricted parking zones"in other high-traffic areas. Scooter companies could help to finance this. Enforce responsible parking of scooters through their apps by adopting the following strategies already in use by Lime and Spin: To end a trip, Lime requires users to take a picture of where they have parked their scooter to make sure it is properly parked. Lime, and all scooter companies, could review these photos and fine users who park improperly.  Spin allows riders to rate how a scooter was parked when they find it. A one thumbs-down rating prompts a notification to the previous rider to review the parking rules, three thumbs-down ratings requires a scooter parking rules review, and five thumbs-down ratings suspends the user from the app. Attach helmets to scooters that are secured with a cable of some kind so they cannot be stolen and are always available for use by riders. These helmets could even be equipped with a light or reflective panel to make scooter riders more visible at night. Post an "important safety & parking information" notice on the handlebars of each scooter to ensure that all riders are aware of the rules (this would be in addition to similar info provided through the app). Scooter riders could: Follow the rules of the road, obey traffic laws, and avoid riding on sidewalks. Park responsibly. Wear a helmet. Metro government could: Establish designated "scooter parking/docking zones" in high-traffic areas, as mentioned above. Continue improving and expanding bike lanes throughout the city. THE BOTTOM LINE: Electric scooters are an innovative and new mode of transportation, and all innovation has growing pains. Scooters are no more inherently dangerous than bicycles or cars, and we would never consider banning either of these from our city, despite the numerous injuries and fatalities that happen every year. Additionally, given Nashville's inability to provide quality public transportation to its residents, city leaders should think carefully before banning scooters. To be sure, a lot more can be done to improve scooter safety and address the scooter parking problem, but there are numerous potential solutions, as shown above, and banning them entirely is premature. The "Nashville Scooter Experiment" is still a work-in-progress and we shouldn't give up on it so easily.

Steve Venick
228 supporters