Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Changing The Street With An E-Mail

I've been out of the blogging cycle a bit lately as happens to me from time to time, but I have been more actively involved in getting things rolling with the Santa Monica Spoke group, which now has a proper steering committee, of which I am on, and have also designed the new logo for the group.

I did want to come on the blog and follow up and mention that I got an e-mail confirmation from Lucy Dyke of Transportation Management that the slight changes in road striping on the newly repaved stretch of Broadway Ave. from Cloverfield to 26th was in fact changed based on my design suggestions made in an e-mail a few days before final paint was applied. It's not the best bike lane in the world, but it's better than it was before by more evenly distributing bike lane width between the two sides of the road, and since I caught it while it was being redone anyway, we got a little improvement at no extra cost. Santa Monica seems on the cusp of a new direction in working with cyclists to toward really being a cycling friendly city, instead of just kind of there as it is now. There is a lot of work to do, but people in city government are listening, so keep your eyes open and if you notice something speak up. You might just change the street you ride on everyday with a simple e-mail.


Allison said...

This is great. More cyclists need to be proactive and contact agencies if they see a repaving being planned. Good work, Gary!

-Allison, LACBC

Unseelie said...

Yay, good to hear that input achieved a noticeable result, but sad that it seemed surprising. I'm on a couple bay area bike lists, and notice that people *love* to rag on the city or THEM, you know, THEM who just KNOW that these lanes are a disgrace or the markings are gone but endanger our lives by doing NOTHING about it! And I say "well, did you tell THEM about it or are you just bitching here?" They love to bitch, but never tell public works.. Tell public works and stuff gets fixed, pretty quickly, too. I don't get it.
But.. Good on you! You did good!