Reminder attend this event tonight.
Those of you who are reading from the friendly confines of Saint Paul probably know all about the Jefferson Avenue Bike Boulevard, and the surrounding controversy.
For those of you residing outside of the Capital City here is the cliff notes version;
– In early August 2010 The City of Saint Paul installed a temporary pedestrian and bicycle refuge, at the intersection of Cleveland Avenue & Jefferson Avenue. This temporary refuge is a pilot to test the concept before installing a permanent version.
– The idea for the median (pictured above) is to provide pedestrian a place for pedestrians to wait in the middle of the street for the sidewalks. Only bicycle traffic east and west on Jefferson would be able to cross Cleveland via a gap in the median.
– In early September 2010, 44 sharrows were painted on Jefferson Ave to make the street more bicycle friendly.
– In mid-September 2010, 44 sharrows were painted over with black paint on Jefferson Ave because apparently, the sharrows were done in error and were painted over because the city couldn’t afford to maintain them. Hmmm, apparently black paint is free….
– Not surprisingly there was a lot of driver rage carried over from the road to the previous public meetings in September and October against the testing.
On Monday, January 24 at 7 p.m. at the Edgcumbe Recreation Center, 320 Griggs Street South, the Saint Paul Public Works Department and the Macalester-Groveland Community Council will share the results of the test median on the Jefferson Bike Boulevard.
As for the sharrows, maybe it is time to take a cue from Yehuda Moon and participate in some guerilla infrastructure, now where did that stencil go……