Criteria for Bike Lanes?

Hi Jerry,

Jon Livengood has proven a very helpful resource for understanding some of the things related to bike and pedestrian access.

Always sends very detailed, thoughtful messages.

​With Washington being re-paved I asked for advice about how to propose street marking options and he had some insights.

He shared what city planners look for – one item of interest is pedestrian density. He suggested coming up with a few ideas he could evaluate.

I am not sure how we’d quantify that Washington has a high density of pedestrian traffic, but it seems to me like Olive and Washington has a fairly high rate of street crossing, and I’ve seen a schoolbus let children off there.

Another location might be the Church on Washington, or connecting the businesses at Winona and Washington.

I often see people crossing from John T. O’Conner to the ballpark.

And finally, a connection from the neighborhood (Woodbine or Jefferson) to Ashley Nichole.​

This might be naive but I was hoping crosswalks would remind drivers that it’s a residential area.

At the very least, it would be helpful for dog owners with black dogs who enjoy walking their pets in the evening (selfish motivation).

Anyway I’m sure other Parkridge people will have ideas. Maybe collect them and have an in-person conversation with Jon on May 21, at the planning meeting you posted?

-Tanner

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About Tanner Jessel

I am a recent M.S. in Information Science graduate from the University of Tennessee School of Information Science. I was formerly a graduate research assistant funded by DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth). Prior, I worked for four years as a content lead and biodiversity scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Biodiversity Informatics Program. Building on my work experience in biodiversity and environmental informatics, my work with DataONE focused on exploring the nature of scientific collaborations necessary for scientific inquiry. I also conducted research concerning user experience and usability, and assisted in development of member nodes with an emphasis on spatial data and infrastructure. I assisted with research designed to understand sociocultural issues within collaborative research communities. Through August 1, 2014, I was based at the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee School of Information Science in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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