Thursday, December 16, 2004
Bicycle & Pedestrian Commission
Approval of Minutes November 18th,
Teige noted that the Parks Department would be conducting this year's Bike Swap, and added that they hoped there would be a lot of volunteers from the commission. She emphasized that the Parks Department would be handling logistics and promotions and welcomed any feedback. Members discussed setting a date for the Bike Swap, and suggested that Teige consider May 7th, 2005.
Teige noted that a bike rodeo was being considered as a summer or fall event. West noted that she had discussed skateboard safety classes with Joy Bannon in Parks, and she added that such classes might be added into future bike safety efforts. Teige emphasized that she welcomed program ideas, and added that the Department was trying to broaden the scope of its recreational program offerings. She pointed out that efforts were being made to partner with both the University and the YMCA to avoid duplication while increasing offerings. Delgado suggested more family programs. Robbins suggested a recurring bike maintenance program. Teige also noted that the new dirt jump park was a Parks Department program.
Senior Project Discussion
Delgado suggested two ideas for consideration: 1) an elementary school
presentation/show for an assembly; 2) a "Who Rides/Who Strides" related project
involving the production of a book previously discussed by the commission
or preparing a "Who Rides" program focusing on the High School. Bungay referred
Clay to the Massachusetts-based Liberty Cabbage Revival performance group,
their non-motorized circus and their "Oiligarchy" theatrical production.
(on the web see:
Bungay added that Safe Routes mapping might be something to consider as well. Robbins noted that color coding street maps by traffic volume, slope, presence of bike lanes, etc. to help cyclists plan their routes would be a worthwhile project.
Chapman suggested focusing on interviewing parents to identify reasons that they prefer not to ride or let their children ride. Robbins added that a sociology-type project could be identifying community attitudes and looking at ways to positively change habits.
Hinke suggested that an interesting project would be a day in life of bicycling Ashland, in the form of a series of photos taken at a busy trail intersection over the course of one day.
Other goals discussed included a no-spitting ordinance, development of a bike routes map, adding sidewalks on Hersey Street, working to phase-in more environmentally friendly hybrid or bio-diesel vehicles into the city fleet, easement acquisition for bicycle and pedestrian through-ways/trails, and taking a harder line on speed control within the city by hiring another traffic officer and strictly enforcing speed limits.
Car Free Day Planning
Members discussed their hopes of staging an event to get citizens more used to street life. There was discussion of a postering campaign, and getting the Chamber of Commerce and the Parks Department involved. The event date was discussed, and members questioned whether another day might work better for the merchants. The visibility of the event on a workday was noted as a positive element, and it was noted that even drivers witnessing people changing their routines might be positively affected. There was discussion of staging a subcritical mass ride or a "courteous mass" ride.
ODOT Poster Giveaway
Creating a Calendar
West asked if all of those interviewed could be considered for the RVTD Transportation Hero award. After discussion, it was agreed that all future interviewees would be asked if they were willing to be considered for this honor.
It was noted that the Car Free subcommittee would be meeting on the third Thursday of every month at 4:00 p.m. before the regular meeting, and on the first Thursday of every month at 3:30 p.m. at the Library. Severson noted that the meeting room was already reserved for another meeting prior to the January 20th meeting and would be unavailable.
Members discussed the placement of bus shelters at Ashland High School, and West suggested that the planner at RVTD could look at the possibility.
West discussed her research into skateboard safety programs. She noted that there are as many as 50,000 skateboard injuries each year in the U.S., and added that one third of these are new riders. She emphasized the importance of enforcing helmet requirements. She also noted that a number of communities on the East Coast offer safety courses through their Parks & Recreation departments. She explained that they use either certified instructors or interns, and that they usually offer these courses in a series. She noted that she had prepared a letter to the Ashland Parks & Recreation Department requesting similar classes in Ashland.
Delgado/Robbins m/s to endorse West's letter to the Parks & Recreation Department. Voice vote: All AYES. Motion passed.
Agenda Items for Next Month
Next Meeting: Thursday, January 20th, 2004
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