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Monday, May 19, 2014

BikeBeat/ S Flores Meeting

If Walk And Roll started out a terrible National Bike Month with bicycle accidents, then BikeBeat Brought out the best of San Antonio.  Keep San Antonio REAL.  It was not just the ramp with BMX jumping high, but it was the food trucks and people that work on keeping San Antonio REAL.  Some offered bike repair, others artwork and most of all, for friends just to hang out and get together.  I only had a short time, but what I saw made me want to stay, but obligations kept me away. 

I think the best thing I saw was this cargo bike with the two little kids.  (Image 6.1)
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How to behave at the up coming meeting on S Flores.....

After seeing this on Facebook, I'm a little worried, but for the most part, I'm actually happy that people will be showing up.  All who wish to speak, make yourself heard, but please don't act rude, angry and look dumb.  I don't mean wear a suit, although that would help, I mean look and act intelligent and to show what not to do Please watch this from the VIA board meeting. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJC9ZZJ2aCs


Just look at her, she looks dumb and you simply won't want her on any bus, let alone a small Viatrans van.  She came unprepared, angry and belittling.  Please folks, don't act like this. It's not helping her case, and it's not helping those who depend on VIAtrans.

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This is what you should do and how to act.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGvGKzNivPk

I've seen this guy speak several times.  He's legally blind and he has points that make sense.  If you didn't notice, he's reading out loud what he wants to share with the VIA Board.  Before speaking, he wrote down what he wanted to say and perhaps practice it.  His points make sense and how could VIA not institute some of those ideals is beyond me.  This gentleman just goes to show you how good behavior pays off. 

So follow these simple points.  

One, act civil.  Always remember he who raises his voice, lost the argument. 

Two, before you speak write down what you want to say so you just don't sound rude and stupid.

And three, explain that these people who want the bicycle lane removed also don't want to share the road.  Also if you can, please share this flyer.(Image 6.9)  If you want the word file of this picture, please email me.  There will also be a ride to this meeting if you want to attend from Blue Star so be there at 5PM. 
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Please hold up a sign that say's "Removing the bicycle lanes Keeps San Antonio LAME."
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S. Flores Street Improvement Community Meeting
When:   Monday May 19, 2014  6pm to 7pm
Where:  Cafeteria of Morrill Elementary School, 5200 S. Flores, San Antonio, TX
Description:  City of San Antonio’s TCI Department will present the alternate bicycle route as a result of community feedback from public meetings held in December, March and April.

What Should you Say?    Let them know that they don't need to have alternative bicycle routes and in fact that what they did was a pretty good job and the bicycle lane is making it safe for everyone, not just those who ride bicycles.  You can also hand out this flyer to all those who think getting rid of the bicycle lane is a good ideal.  Contact Jeanette Morin at 207-5011 or Jeanette.Morin@sanantonio.gov
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Another important meeting people should be attending is City's Budget Meetings for fiscal year 2015.  I don't know about you, but we could sure use a lot more money than just a lousy million dollars to bike lanes and sidewalks.

Community Budget Work Sessions
When:   Tuesday, May 20, 2014  6:00pm
Where:  St Bonaventure Catholic Church  1918 Palo Alto Rd, San Antonio, TX

When:  Tuesday, May 20, 2014  6:00pm
Where: University United Methodist Church  5084 DeZavala Rd, San Antonio, TX

When:  Wednesday May 21, 2014  6:00pm
Where:  Northeast Service Center Tool Yard  10303 Tool Yard, San Antoni, TX

When:  Thrusday, May 22, 2014  6:00pm
Where:  TriPoint Grantham Center   3233 N St Mary's St, San Antonio, TX

What Should You Say?  Demand that the city provide more money for bicycle lanes, cycletracks, reducing speeds through neighborhoods, sweeping bicycle lanes and sidewalks. 


Image 6.1:  The coolest cargo bike out there @ BikeBeat.
Images 6.2 thru 6.8:  Various images from BikeBeat.
Image 6.9:  My Word File of the Flyer I want people to hand out at the S Flores Meeting to people who are against the bicycle lane. 
Image 6.10:  The Facebook Event Photo for people to come out and save these lanes. 
Image 6.11:  The City of San Antonio Flyer for the upcoming Budget meetings. 

Up Coming Bicycle Events

Ride of Silence
When:  Thursday, May 21, 2014  6:30pm
Where: Halcyon/BlueStar Art Complex
Description:  A Bicycle ride honoring those who lost their lives.
Cycle In-Cinema .  
When:   Every Thursday, June-August at Dusk, 8:45pm
Where:  Main Plaza, 115 N Main Ave, 78205
Description:  Out Door Movie.  


If you have any event you want me to post about, please email me.  


 Up Coming Important Meetings
If you want to make a difference, please attend.

VIA’s South/West Corridor Study Public Meeting 
When:  Tuesday May 20, 2014  6:00PM
Where: Harlandale Community Center, 301 Sussex, 78221

When:   Thursday May 22, 2014  6:00PM
Where:  The Neighborhood Place 3014 Rivas St, 78228

When:  Wednesday, May 21, 2014  3pm to 6pm
Where:  Madla Transit Center

When   Wednesday, May 21, 2014 6AM To 9AM

Where  Crossroads Park & Ride

Description: 
VIA is conducting a study to identify transit improvements along the South/West Connector Corridor in the San Antonio region. The corridor study area includes Military Drive from IH-37 on the east to General McMullen on the west; and General McMullen and Zarzamora from Military drive on the south to Fredericksburg Road on the north.  More info can be found here:  http://www.viainfo.net/Planning/Corridor.aspx





What Should You Say?
   
You should ask for more frequency on the crosstown routes and bicycle racks called bikelids at bus stops to provide safe places to park your bicycle.  If you want an example what I'm talking about, look at the image to your right or visit Dallas Area Rapid Transit Bicycle Information page .  Also ask that via look into creating bus islands so the bike lane can go around a busy stop.  Via has only one of these lids at Medical Center Transit Center.

Open House: Improvements to I-35   (I might be able to attend this meeting.) 
Where:   Central Catholic High School Elizondo Center (corner of Wilmington Avenue and Dallas Street) 1403 St. Mary’s St.  San Antonio, TX 78215
When:  Wednesday, May 21, 2014  5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Description:  TxDOT invites you to an open house on proposed improvements for Interstate 35. The project staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide information. No formal presentation will be given. Attendees are invited to come and go at their convenience.
TxDOT proposes improving I-35 between North Flores and New Braunfels Ave. and between AT&T Parkway and Binz-Engelman Road. The proposed project includes auxiliary lanes, ramp adjustments and other improvements to improve mobility and enhance the operation and safety of I-35 in this area

What Should you say?
   Ask for Bicycle lanes along the the frontage roads or mix use sidewalks and make sure they use the City of San Antonio Bicycle Master Plan when making improvements. Also ask for these types intersections called "Protected Intersections" so they can become safer for all users.  https://vimeo.com/86721046


Open House - Improvements to US 90 from Loop 1604 to I-410
Where:  Mary Lou Fisher Elementary School Cafeteria,  3430 Barrel Pass, San Antonio, TX 78245
When:   Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Description:  TxDOT invites you to an open house on proposed improvements for US 90 From Loop 1604 to I-410. The project staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide information. No formal presentation will be given. Attendees are invited to come and go at their convenience.
Proposed improvements along US 90 from LP 1604 to I-410 on the west side of San Antonio are designed to improve operations and safety along this section of US 90. The proposed improvements include:
  • Conversion of the two-way frontage roads to one-way operations
  • Relocation of entrance and exit ramps
  • Intersection improvements
What Should you say?  Ask for bicycle lanes/Shoulder or a mix use sidewalk along the proposed Frontage roads and Safe bicycle lanes that stay to the right of the lane intersection.  Also ask for these types intersections called "Protected Intersections" so they can become safer for all users.  https://vimeo.com/86721046


Bronco Lane Bridge Project Public Meeting
When:   Tuesday, May 20, 2014 6:30 PM
Where:  Virginia Gill Community Center,  7902 Westshire Drive, San Antonio, TX

What Should You Say?    Ask that the Bridge has a minimum 6ft width sidewalks across with 25mph speed limits.  No need for bicycle lanes.  contact:  Peter Rodriguez at 207-8154

Shaenfield Road Bridge Public Meeting
When:   Wednesday, May 28, 2014 6:00 PM
Where:  Burke Elementary School Cafeteria, 10111 Terra Oak, San Antonio, TX

When:  Tuesday, June 3, 2014  7:00PM
Where: Burke Elementary School Cafeteria, 10111 Terra Oak, San Antonio, TX

What Should you Say?   Ask that the Bridge Contain 6ft bicycle lanes on either side with extra stripping between the bicycle lane and the traffic as well as 6ft sidewalks.  Also ask them to remove the Turn Center lane and add that space to the sides of the rd for bicycle lanes.   Also Ask that they abide by the Bicycle Master Plan as well.  contact:  Peter Rodriguez@ 207-8154

Frio City Sidewalks Public Meeting
When:   Thursday, May 29, 2014 6:00 PM
Where: 
Collins Garden Branch Library  200 N. Park, San Antonio, TX

What Should you Say?   Ask that the Sidewalks are at least 6ft wide with neckdowns at every intersection on the streets that connect with Frio City Rd.  Demand that a protected Bicycle lane is also added and that they abide by the Bicycle Master Plan.  If parking is added, demand that they put in the parking as a barr.ier so that the bicycle lane is along the curb, and the parking is a natural barrier to the bicycle and sidewalks
Also ask for these types intersections called "Protected Intersections" so they can become safer for all users.  https://vimeo.com/86721046  contact:  Peter Rodriguez at 207-8154

West Huisache Project Public Meeting
When:   Monday, June 02, 2014 6:00 PM
Where:  Young Women's Leadership Academy  2123 W. Huisache, San Antonio, TX


What Shold you Say?  This time, no bike lanes, this is a neighborhood street.  It should have neckdowns to keep traffic flowing slow with islands and speed humps.  It should also have 25MPH on this street.  Putting a bicycle lane down this street is just a waste of paint.  Also ask for these types intersections called "Protected Intersections" so they can become safer for all users.  https://vimeo.com/86721046
Contact: Peter Rodriguez@ 207-8154 or David Pulido @ 207-8128

Bandera & Eckhert and Bandera & Tezel/Prue Public Meeting
When:  June 5, 2014 6:30 PM
Where: Maverick Branch Library, 8700 Mystic Park, San Antonio, TX

What Should you Say?  Demand that the city follows the guidelines that were lay down in the Bicycle Master plan.  Also demand that they build the "Protected Intersections" at protectedintersections.com so this area can become safe for all road users. https://vimeo.com/86721046  And ask for sidewalks too.  contact: Peter Rodriguez at 207-8154

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