Both traffic calming petitions fail to gain enough support

As reported a few weeks ago, the bumpout petition for Lincoln Avenue between Cleveland and Prior was not very popular and we stopped gathering signatures after the no’s passed the 28% mark.

Now I am sad to report that the traffic circle at Lincoln and Prior also failed to gain enough support. We needed 75% of the “linear feet” of each block from the intersection. Today was the deadline and we’d reached only 68%. Again, we got 28% nos.

The thing that feels so awful is that even though over two thirds of our neighbors wanted to see a beautiful small traffic circle as a gateway to our neighborhood, we won’t have it installed. The RSVP project will leave the intersection of Lincoln and Prior as it was.

Two things really got in the way of success on the traffic circle. One was that a neighbor who lives on one of the corners was vehemently opposed the petition. (The other three corner owners supported the petition.) The other was that the owner of the large apartment building at 1940 Grand, which has substantial linear feet on Prior, refused to sign the petition. Missing those two large chunks of footage really made the mission impossible.

The galling thing is that until this Fall the threshold for petitions of this sort was 60%, a threshold we easily surpassed. City Council changed the rules, though, and trying to get three quarters agreement proved too much for our neighborhood.

I’d like to share special thanks with Joe Frank and Susan Hinze who spent many hours knocking on doors. I also appreciate all the support we got (two thirds!) and all the thoughtful concerns that were expressed along the way. It was great to get to know more neighbors through this petition drive.

Petitions Update, Join us on 1/23

Welcome to 2012! Quite a lot will change on our block this year, it should be exciting. As you know, we have been circulating two petitions for modifications to the street as part of the RSVP project and another petition for parking permits passed a couple months ago but is in a bit of trouble at the neighborhood council level. We need your help with all of these, so here’s an update.

Parking Permits

Even though we gathered more than the 60% support for changes to the Area 21 parking permits, the Mac-Groveland Community Council’s Transportation Committee refused to support our petition in December. Instead, it will be brought up again at their meeting at 6:30pm Monday, 1/23, at the Edgcumbe Rec Center. We really need as many advocates for this permit as possible to join us at this meeting!

In December some vocal neighbors from Lincoln between Prior and Howell complained that the transportation committee would only be nudging the St. Thomas parking problem eastward by supporting permit parking on Lincoln between Cleveland and Prior. This may be the case, but we are following the process the committee laid out for us at their January 2011 meeting. We were offered no resolution for St. Thomas parking issues by either St. Thomas or the city except this permit process. Now is the time to turn out to advocate for the parking permits!

Traffic Circle and Bumpouts

In December we worked with the city to draw up two petitions for traffic calming modifications to Lincoln as part of the RSVP process. Neighbors have been circulating these petitions since mid-December. The bumpouts have not been very well received, and that petition has already failed. The idea of a traffic circle at Lincoln and Prior that matches the one installed at Lincoln and Finn last year has seen considerably more support and is currently on track for the 75% approval required to succeed. You check up on these at our petition progress page.

We less than two weeks to complete the traffic circle petition, though. There are 22 houses on Lincoln that we have failed to reach. If you can help out with door knocking or phone calls to these neighbors, please let me know! The petition is due at the city on Friday, 1/13.

We have petitions for calming Lincoln

We now have two petitions for calming traffic on Lincoln Avenue as part of next year’s RSVP project. One petition supports two “bumpouts” along the north side of Lincoln Avenue. The other supports a “circle” at Lincoln and Prior.

We need advocates to help circulate these petitions. If you are interested, please contact Eric (651-323-2009) right away. We only have until 13 January to gain 75% support!

The city sent along detailed drawings to illustrate these petitions. The illustration below is a composite of those drawings. Click on any of the light areas to see each drawing in detail.

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Permit parking petition has enough signatures!

Sara Mountain got the word today that her Area 21 parking permit petition has passed it’s first test: she got enough signatures! A big thanks to Sara and Mike who hiked around the neighborhood this summer and fall getting signatures. Here’s what they learned in an email from Elizabeth Stiffler today:

This email is to inform you that Traffic Engineering has received a sufficient petition to modify Permit Parking Area 21 in the following ways:

1) Add the north side of Lincoln Avenue from 1943 through 2009, and the south side of Lincoln from 1944 through 2022.

2) Change the restrictions for all of Area 21 to 8 am to 5 pm, Mon-Fri, September 1-April 30, Except Holidays.

The petition contains 74 out of 111 signatures or 67%. At the time the petition was issued, the minimum percentage for a sufficient petition was 60%. Since then the City Code was modified and therefore the minimum for any future petition to modify the area will be 75%.

I am working that Mac Groveland District Council have a public meeting with the affected property owners about these changes. Possible dates discussed were Monday, December 12th or 19th. The changes would go to City Council for a public hearing in January and go into affect 30 days after approved. Sign installation will be weather dependent.

Our parking permit page has more information on this effort.