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    Meeting recap - March 10th Traffic Workshop 

    All of the members of the PCA Traffic Committee want to thank all of those who came out to the Parkside neighborhood traffic meeting last Saturday, March 10.

    To Make a Difference:
    Call or use 311 app or website to report all issues and problems that you see.
    Call or email Councilman Joel Feroleto’s office (cc PCA): 851-5155

    At the outset of the meeting, Dave Gerber, who has been on the committee for 25 years, give or take, reminded us that the Traffic Committee has been meeting and trying to make our neighborhood safe for decades, since at the least the mid 1970s when a group of neighbors staged a public protest carrying coffins across the street at the corner of Parkside and Florence. A few years later, the traffic light was installed. Parkside and the Traffic Committee have been concerned for a long time with cut through traffic, congestion, and a lack of police enforcement.

    Our current issues are versions of those that the neighborhood has been experiencing for a long time. And we all agreed that we need to address the neighborhood as a whole—to fix one issue means to create another, in spite of all of the best intentions.

    Here’s what we talked about:

    One-way streets are potential solutions as well as potential hazards.

    Several people agreed that this was a viable option, while others felt it would end up both inconveniencing others somewhere else in the neighborhood and creating a hostile reaction among them. Furthermore, because such changes in street directions require 75% approval of householders on the impacted streets, the question was also raised about whether people living on those streets would approve of the changes. Regardless, this is an idea that many want to explore and some have begun diagramming one-way streets to explore the possibilities. (This would require petitions with the signatures of 75% of impacted neighbors.)

    Another deterrent for speeding and cut-throughs, at least for Greenfield, would be to remove the asphalt and restore the cobblestones. This would add to the historic character of the street, slow down traffic, and convince cut through drivers to take a different route.

    One neighbor even proposed creating some sort of perimeter around the neighborhood that discourages cut-through while maintaining access to the park. We could, for instance, have Do Not Enter traffic restrictions during just certain times of the day. This might be helpful on Robie in the afternoons, for instance. And we should certainly restrict truck traffic from our interior streets—as Buffalo once did several decades back. We have too large a volume of truck traffic on our already congested streets and trucks just don’t belong in neighborhoods.

     

    We talked a lot about fixing the traffic of the neighborhood’s perimeter, Main Street, for example, as a means of taking traffic away from our interior streets.

    Many feel that ultimately the answer to many of our problems lies in fixing Main Street, both the sequencing of the lights and the bottleneck at Humboldt, to make Main Street an attractive alternative to Parkside as a commuter route.

    We know that the DPW intends to redesign the Main/Humboldt intersection and we need to influence them to make the better decision of the three.

    How can we work on getting people to make traffic decisions prior to Amherst or Humboldt. A few thoughts were: traffic calming on Starin, additional stop signs on Starin even north of Hertel, improve traffic light timing on Delaware and Main, improve Parkside traffic light timing.

    Traffic Enforcement

    In the meantime, it was also agreed, we need the cooperation of the Police Department in enforcement of speed laws and traffic signals, principally stop signs, in the interior streets of the neighborhood. Disappointment and frustration with the police in regard to enforcement was shared by all those participating in the discussion.

    Our Elected Officials

    We need more follow-through and pressure on our DPW, the Mayor, and our Councilmember.
    Folks brought creativity, energy, and media savvy that we hope to embrace and run with.

    Parksiders and Volunteers

    We need to hear from you! We need to know what is happening in your part of the neighborhood!  We need to know your ideas about how to remedy these very real problems. We need more than just the occasional discussion on Nextdoor and we are in real need of volunteers so that we can keep up on the DPW and the police, etc. There is a lot to be done and all is done by volunteers.

    We had the presence of fantastic people on Saturday—but our numbers were small, just 12 neighbors. We need you!

    Again, to Make a Difference:
    Call or use 311 app or website to report all issues and problems that you see.
    Call or email Councilman Joel Feroleto’s office (cc PCA): 851-5155

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