THE TRAFFIC COMMITTEE HAS BEEN MEETING REGULARLY SINCE 2017
Call Bruce Bilbrey about traffic, parking, speed and bike lanes on Central
CALMING measures for traffic within Medlock are being
discussed and hoping the City will take into account the
dramatic problem with restaurant employees and customers on Central Ave. Those people park within the neighborhood instead of commercial parking spots.
(See Tucson's Plan on TOD Design page)
FIRST TRAFFIC GROUP MEETING WAS HELD ON SEPTEMBER 26, 2017 AT 6:30 pm SYLVIAS MEXICAN RESTAURANT. IF YOU ARE CONCERNED, PLEASE JOIN THIS COMMITTEE FOR SPECIFIC EMAILS ABOUT TRAFFIC.
Here are a couple of great Ted Talks about urban planning and walkable cities. Phoenix is considered a driving city and not walkable like Portland, Oregon, but in Medlock we want to be sure that our historic neighborhoods maintain the walkability gained by having shaded streets, beautiful historic homes to look at, greenery, flowers and cars that are traveling slower through the neighborhood so bikers and walkers feel safe. We welcome any input from those who can help us maintain this unique city environment.
https://www.ted.com/talks/jeff_speck_4_ways_to_make_a_city_more_walkable (18 minutes. start at 10 min. to see as it pertains to Medlock)
LEARN HOW THE NEIGHBORHOODS AROUND CENTRAL AND CAMELBACK CAN CREATE PARALLEL PARKING FOR VISITORS TO THE RESTAURANT ALONG CENTRAL
(BETWEEN GEORGIA AND MEDLOCK)
Idea is to create temporary parking on weekends and nights to accommodate more cars along Central Avenue and thereby keep visitors to the restaurants from parking in the neighborhoods.
Two people have been killed trying to cross all the six lanes on Central to reach restaurants.
While the jayhawk has been helpful to slowing traffic and allowing people to cross, it is a long way south and north from some of those restaurants.
The Phoenix plan to create more walkable neighborhoods had plans to create a Central Avenue landscape plan that would slow parking by putting a median in the center of the street and parking facing in toward the businesses. Unfortunately during the busy am and pm traffic patterns by commuters to the downtown area, these lanes could not be utilized to move traffic easier downtown and back to the neighborhoods. On weekends the street is pretty empty on Saturdays and Sundays, thereby allowing cones and striping that could direct an only two- way scenerio from Missouri to Camelback, 35 mph speeds, one lane for parallel parking and one for bicycles which would be sheltered from the inside traffic. This allows families to use the street for biking and the sidewalks for walkers.
Other cities are doing this, including San Francisco within Golden Gate Park.
Attached you will find the 2011, 2012, and 2014 traffic counts on Central.
Watch this video about sheltered parking in Denver, CO