Jared Alves

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Commented on Ashland Downtown Planning Initiative 2 weeks ago
If implemented, these lanes should connect to a larger network.
Commented on Ashland Downtown Planning Initiative 2 weeks ago
Despite the addition of unprotected bike lanes in Alt. B and C, these plans from BSC are largely unimaginative and appear to prioritize car throughout above all other users. That prioritization is not a recipe for encouraging more people to walk and dwell downtown. Each alt. preserves wide turning radii at intersections along Main St, most notably at Pleasant, Front, and Homer. While useful for speeding cars around turns, the resulting wider intersections require longer crosswalks and make walking less pleasant (and safe). Adding the right turn lane and pedestrian island at Homer Ave will also accelerate cars while degrading the walking experience. A visionary plan for Main St would accommodate wider sidewalks (for outdoor seating!), include on-street parking on both sides (to shield pedestrians), would have only two travel lanes (one in each direction and 10 ft. wide or less per lane), and would not have the myriad turning lanes. Having only two, narrower travel lanes would likely also accommodate safe bicycling without the need for painted bike lanes.
Commented on Ashland Downtown Planning Initiative 2 weeks ago
Bike lanes!
Supported a comment by Aaron Ladd on Ashland Downtown Planning Initiative 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Aaron Ladd
Will these be pedestrian accessible to get to high street from this side of the tracks?
Commented on Golden Triangle Planning Study 6 months ago
Skybridges and Skyways are ideas from the 1950s and 1960s, when we tried to move people away from grade crossings so that we could move cars as quickly as possible. If the goal is to make cars travel quicker, then great! Let's say as much. If the goal is to make the area better for walking, then skybridges are a regressive "solution".

https://ggwash.org/view/219/skybridges-dont-make-the-connection
Supported a comment by David Gutierrez on Golden Triangle Planning Study 6 months ago
David Gutierrez
This whole rotary\intersection does not accommodate bikes or pedestrians. It is designed only for people that are driving. As a cyclist I try to avoid this area as much as possible due to safety concerns.