Traffic & Parking

 

In March, the TCNA Traffic Committee sent a letter/questionnaire to mayoral candidates focusing on neighborhood residents' concerns about transportation-related issues. The purpose of the questionnaire was two-fold: to inform interested neighborhood residents about the candidates’ positions on the issues, and to convey neighborhood residents’ concerns to those running for mayor. 

The letter was reviewed and approved by the TCNA board. Members of the Traffic Committee then contacted other area neighborhoods to see whether they wanted to co-sign the letter with TCNA. Eight other neighborhood associations decided to co-sign the letter (click here to see the sample letter), which the committee then sent to 20 candidates running in primaries for mayor of Baltimore. We received responses from six candidates: two Republicans (Alan Walden and Armand Girard), and four Democrats (Elizabeth Embry, Carl Stokes, Cindy Walsh, and David Warnock). We did not receive responses from any of the Green Party candidates. The candidate responses can be found here:

Alan Walden's response

Armand Girard's response

Elizabeth Embry's response

Carl Stokes' response

Cindy Walsh's response

David Warnock's response

Thanks to Strong City Baltimore for sharing their neighborhood association contact list, which facilitated our networking on this project. 

 

In other news ...

 

Our guest speaker for TCNA's fall business meeting was Valorie LaCour Baltimore City's Department of Transportation Chief of Transportation Planning. Valorie spoke on Baltimore's Complete Streets Policy its planning and implementation. Click here to review her presentation.

What are “Complete Streets”?
Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. People of all ages and abilities are able to safely move along and across streets in a community, regardless of how they are traveling. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to stores, and bicycle to work. To learn more, visit Smart Growth America.

What is Baltimore City’s “Complete Streets” Policy?
City Council Resolution 9-0433 (November 2010) directs the Department of Transportation and the Department of Planning  to “plan for, design, and construct all new City transportation improvement projects to provide appropriate accommodations for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, motorists, and persons of all abilities, while promoting safe operation for all users.” Council Resolution 14-0152R asks the Departments of Transportation and Planning for a status report.

Note: On October 30th, Diane Rehm from WMAU 88.5 hosted a superb program with experts from cities where use of bikes are encouraged thanks to initiatives such as Complete Streets.

 
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