Audio and other materials online
Foster United is pleased to provide full audio recordings of Streetscape and other local meetings for download on our Community Library page here. We hope availability of these recordings and other meeting materials will allow people who can’t attend to stay up to speed.
Lents Neighborhood Meeting
The Lents Neighborhood Association (LNA) has put out an announcement for members to give input on the Streetscape plan update. Association Chair Nick Christensen represents Lents on the Streetscape committee and is asking neighborhood residents and businesses to participate in a discussion of the plan during the next LNA meeting on Tuesday November 27, 7pm, at the Lents Activity Center at 8835 SE Woodstock.
How impactful this input will be remains to be seen, however. At the committee meeting last week, Christensen unequivocally stated that his goal for the project is to “preserve four lanes of traffic.”
Analysis of the impacts on traffic and safety from the various street options will be presented at the Streetscape Committee’s December meeting.
The missing section of Foster Road
At last week’s Streetscape Committee meeting, PBOT staffers walked through various options for future street profiles. Oddly, there was no discussion of the area from 50th to 52nd Avenues –the home to a dozen businesses, plenty of pedestrians and no bike improvements at all.
Project Manager Mauricio Leclerc seemed to take improvements here off the table, saying that the traffic counts were too high to permit any changes. He also suggested that there isn’t a need for attention to this area, since 50th and Powell are not bike routes.
But the City’s 2010 Bicycle Plan clearly anticipates an in-roadway bike lane on Foster that extends west all the way to 50th. (And in fact, anticipates a bike lane on Powell itself eventually.)
I’ve seen plenty of pedestrians trying to cross in this area –to and from Speedboat Coffee, Diane’s Diner and other busy spots –without a crosswalk anywhere. There’s also the often ignored lane divider intended to keep westbound traffic from making a left into the post office.
This area has all the same issues as the rest of Foster –which is to say it needs quite a bit of help. Let’s hope the committee puts it back on the table.