Petition to Raja Sethuraman, Jennifer Rosales, Michael Sampson
Support biking and walking infrastructure in Costa Mesa
We, the undersigned, would like to express our support for the proposed new and improved active transportation infrastructure contained in the City of Costa Mesa’s draft Bikeway and Walkability Active Transportation Plan. Bicycling and walking are great ways for people to get exercise, to commute to work, to run errands, to visit friends, or just to spend time together. But people won’t bike and walk unless they feel safe, and a lot of streets in Costa Mesa aren’t currently safe for people who use active transportation. Cyclists are frequently forced to ride on roads where cars zip by at 50 miles per hour while a thin strip of paint (if they’re lucky) protects them from cars. And walkers don’t fare much better: multiple major streets in the city lack sidewalks on one side, curb cuts are lacking at many intersections, impatient drivers turn without looking, and sidewalks are cluttered with obstructions that make navigating strollers or wheelchairs difficult. We can do better as a city! And we have done better: the new multiuse paths along Harbor Boulevard (the Joann Street Trail and Harbor Cornerstone Trail) are excellent examples of what active transportation infrastructure can be. They’re beautiful, functional spaces that make Harbor Boulevard better for drivers and safer for cyclists and walkers. Given the success of the Harbor Boulevard trails, we ask that the city create as many new protected bicycle and walking paths as possible, as these facilities promote walking, bicycling, and other forms of active transportation better than any other type of facility. Protected off-street paths allow people of all ages and skill levels to walk and bike safely, free from traffic. We are specifically in favor of extending the Class I Tanager Bike Path from Golf Course Drive to Fairview Park, to allow cyclists and walkers to circumnavigate the golf course and developmental center completely off streets; the Paularino Channel Trail, which will allow people to travel along the existing flood control channel between Pinecreek Drive and Bristol (parallel to Baker); and the 19th Street connection to the Santa Ana River Trail, which will give residents of Westside Costa Mesa safer access to the river trail and its many destinations. A common concern of homeowners near proposed new cycling paths is that the paths will decrease property values and attract crime. In fact, well-designed multiuse pathways have been shown to raise property values and decrease crime. For instance: A 2006 study by the University of Delaware concludes “The majority of studies examined indicate that the presence of a bike path/trail either increases property values and ease of sale slightly or has no effect.” A 2006 report for the Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee in Massachusetts analyzed home sales in seven towns with multiuse trails, and found that “homes near these rail trails sold at 99.3% of the list price as compared to 98.1% of the list price for other homes sold in these towns … these homes sold in an average of 29.3 days as compared to 50.4 days for other homes.” A 2002 study of recent home buyers showed that walking/jogging/bike trails were the second-most desireable community amenity (after “highway access”) for home buyers. A 1998 report by the Rails to Trails Conservancy found that “Four separate studies conducted between 1979 and 1997 concluded that rail-trails do not increase crime,” including a report from a trail in Seattle that “the rate of vandalism and break-ins to adjacent property was well below the neighborhood average.” Well-designed trails attract a positive element to neighborhoods by encouraging families and neighbors to enjoy open spaces. To address concerns about crime, we are in favor of creating and enforcing no loitering and no camping laws with regular police and/or citizen patrols. We could also explore innovative solutions, such as the North Augusta Public Safety Department's integration of their city’s trails into police officers’ physical fitness training, thus adding a regular police presence to the trails at no extra cost (discussed on pg. 12 of the Rails to Trails Conservancy Report). We ask that, where it’s not feasible to build protected multiuse paths, the city install bike lanes and traffic-calmed bicycle boulevards wherever possible, to make roads safer for people who use active transportation. We ask that the city improve the walking infrastructure to add sidewalks, reduce sidewalk obstructions, increase the width of sidewalks, add curb cuts, and implement other safety measures wherever possible. Making these improvements to the city’s active transportation infrastructure will improve the quality of life for all of Costa Mesa’s residents. These improvements will make Costa Mesa more attractive to families with children: it will be easier for children to get to school safely, and it will be easier for families to bike or walk together without worrying about their children being hit by a car. It will be easier for OCC students to get to their classes. It will be safer for bicycle commuters on their way to work. It will be easier for people to bike and walk to neighborhood businesses. It will increase the property value of homes near these beautiful new paths. It will encourage residents to bike and walk, increasing the health of our community. It will even make things better for drivers, as they won’t have to worry as much about bicyclists and walkers impeding their trips. We ask that the Costa Mesa Bikeway and Walkability Committee and the other city bodies involved in approving the draft Active Transportation Plan take advantage of this opportunity to improve Costa Mesa for years to come!
Petition to Tom Nolan
Keep the loop! Preserve parking, biking, and hiking all the way 'round Twin Peaks!
I love San Francisco's Twin Peaks, and I love to bicycle all the way around the figure 8 loop up there, and take in the beautiful city and ocean views. Unfortunately, there’s a plan ("Twin Peaks Figure 8 Pilot Redesign") to change the traffic flow at the top of Twin Peaks in a way that: · would make it much more dangerous to bike, run, or walk around the entire figure 8 loop, · make it considerably more dangerous to drive over Twin Peaks, · eliminate all parking around the figure 8, · create bigger and more frequent traffic jams on Twin Peaks, · create big problems for tour bus operators, · and hamper emergency vehicle access to and over Twin Peaks. See the plan description here: http://sfrecpark.org/twin-peaks-figure-8-pilot-redesign/ The plan will make it more dangerous for drivers as well as cyclists, runners, and walkers, as drivers distracted by the view pass one another in opposite directions around the sharp, blind curve on the west side of the north peak. Imagine what it would be like to be walking or cycling there when a tour bus is passing you with a car coming in the opposite direction. Or what about when two tour buses are passing one another? It doesn’t sound pretty to me, and the probability of a head-on collision around that blind curve will go up a huge amount. Add to that motorists leaving their lane to dodge the rocks that regularly fall on the road at that curve and the frequent dense fog, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. The proposed redesign would also be a major problem for tour bus drivers because even now, traffic at the parking lot at the overlook frequently gets backed up to a stop. Without parking around the figure 8, that situation would be much worse, and the number of cars parking illegally in the tour bus spaces would increase substantially. Bus drivers that can now continue around the loop or sometimes even park along the figure 8 would be unable to do so. In fact, bus drivers would be completely stuck, because they are legally prohibited from going down the north side of the hill, and would not have enough room to turn their buses around to travel down to Portola. That means terrible traffic jams, tourists stuck in buses and possibly missing other activities or flights at the airport later in the day, etc. Also, many stuck cars will travel down the north road and turn around in resident’s driveways. The plan is a "solution" for a problem that doesn't exist. Twin Peaks is one of the safest places to bicycle in San Francisco. To increase safety even further, the City could paint large one-way arrows in both traffic lanes to let drivers know that they can use both lanes to give cyclists and walkers even more room when they pass. They could paint clearly defined crosswalks to make it easier and safer for hikers on the trails to cross the road. And they could also paint a wide white line 4 – 6 feet away from the edge of the pavement all the way around the figure 8 loop to provide a marked area for walkers, runners, and hikers. If enough people who actually use Twin Peaks sign this petition, the SFMTA will change the plan, and preserve safe access for cycling, running, and hiking around the loop, and parking for visitors who want to enjoy a beautiful sunset on a warm weekend evening. I attended and testified at the most recent hearing before the SFMTA (San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority) on 3/4/16, and almost everyone who testified was opposed to this plan. I plan to testify again at the upcoming meeting on this proposal: SFMTA Board of Directors Meeting Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 1:00 pm (subject to change*) San Francisco City Hall, Room 400 firstname.lastname@example.org *To confirm: https://www.sfmta.com/projects-planning/projects/twin-peaks-figure-8-redesign-project I sent an email opposed to this plan, and I hope you will too. Send your emails to: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com Thanks! Jeff San Francisco resident, homeowner, and voter. Suggested email: Hello. I’m writing to express my views on the proposed redesign for traffic flows on top of Twin Peaks. I cycle, run, or walk at the top of Twin Peaks, and I greatly value the ability to go all the way around the figure 8 with two lanes of traffic going in the same direction. Because there are two lanes of traffic in the same direction, and the traffic volume is usually low, it gives the cars plenty of room to easily pass bicycles, runners, and walkers. It’s actually one of the best, and safest, places to bicycle in San Francisco. Being able to do loops all the way around and take in the views on both sides of the peaks is a big plus. I’m concerned that the new head-on two-way traffic flow would make looping around the full figure 8 much more dangerous for cyclists, runners, walkers, and drivers. With two lanes of traffic going in opposite directions, conflicts with cars and tour buses attempting to stay in their single lane would make cycling or walking on that side far more dangerous. The probability of head-on collisions between cars and between cars and tour buses would also substantially increase. The current situation seems to be working fine for everyone. There are many bicyclists who do the whole loop. And most hikers and runners do the loop on the wide shoulder of the road. Another significant drawback to the proposed plan is that on weekends and at sunset there are many cars parked up there along the guard wall, and this plan would eliminate the available parking along the wall. It would be a significant loss to eliminate that option for the many, many people who go up there to enjoy the view. In summary, I strongly oppose the proposed redesign. It seems to be attempting to “solve” a problem that doesn’t exist. Please don’t change the two lanes of traffic in a single direction looping around both peaks. Thank you.
Petition to SFMTA, SFMTA Board of Directors, Charlie Ream, Sandra Lee Fewer
Support the 8th Avenue Neighborway!
SFMTA is proposing a first-of-its-kind in San Francisco traffic calming and safety project called the 8th Avenue Neighborway. Neighborways accomplish this by lowering speeds, reducing traffic volumes, and improving the visibility of people on the sidewalk. The idea is to keep people safe by making the design of the street itself encourage calm behavior, so that everyone can get to their destinations comfortably. This is why the project includes a number of design elements aimed at improving the streetscape. We were unfortunately just reminded of the need to make streets safer in our neighborhood when someone driving hit and killed a 78-year person walking in Inner Richmond. This is a sad and unacceptable loss of life. We cannot be complacent and we have an opportunity to make our streets safer with this project. One of the main criticisms is that it will make it harder for people who drive to get around. While we empathize, it’s imperative that we continue to move forward with plans that prioritize safety of individuals on our city streets over convenience. In addition, this makes the route more convenient for those who don’t rely on cars to navigate San Francisco. We need to start building a city that makes that a reality. Projects much like this have been implemented in Berkeley in the past, so we have models of what success looks like. The Richmond has great resources that bound it, Golden Gate Park on the south and Lands End and the Presidio to the north, and it’s imperative we starting connecting them with each other with projects like this. For the future of our city and our world, we need to start implementing greener solutions for getting around our city. For the future of our friends and neighbors, we need to start implementing safer solutions for getting around our city. This is a step in the right direction. Sign this petition and show your support today!
Petition to Jim Strickland
A new facility for the Ed Rice Community Center
We the undersigned resident and stakeholders of Frayser community of Memphis, TN. are requesting the development of a new building for the Ed Rice Community Center, a playground for children, new exercise equipment and improved walking trail to include maintenance and up keep. We the undersigned citizens are asking our political leaders to act concerning this cause, for the social and physical wellbeing of the residents. We believe that the public will benefit from these improvements.