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Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Advocating for Sustainable Transportation

Several opportunities are coming soon to advocate for more and better sustainability priorities and infrastructure in our area. If you can attend any of these events, please do.

Thanks to Jake, we learned that the Wisconsin DOT/City of La Crosse are planning to put bike lanes (alas, it looks like just paint at this point) on Jackson Street. Here's what he heard from the DOT about it:

*The Wisconsin Department of Transportation presented multiple alternatives to the City of La Crosse with varying facilities and provisions for parking, bicycles and vehicular traffic. From these alternatives, the City of La Crosse Board of Public Works endorsed/recommended on March 6, 2017 to remove parking on the north side of the entire corridor and to add bike lanes on both sides of the roadway as shown at this link

This recommendation was contingent on other inputs from other groups and the public as you canread in this minutes

*The City of La Crosse Engineering/Planning staff then presented this preferred typical section to the Neighborhood Revitalization Commission on December 4, 2017 and their recommendation was to have the project information presented by the City at each of the impacted Neighborhood Association monthly meetings in January. These meetings are as follows:

  • Monday, January 15 at 6 pm: Holy Trinity-Longfellow Neighborhood Association at Faith United Methodist Church (1818 Redfield St)
  • Tuesday, January 16 at 6 pm: Washburn Neighborhood Association (510 S. 9th St.)
  • Wednesday, January 17 at 6:45 pm: Powell-Poage-Hamilton Neighborhood Association (Southside Neighborhood Center at 1300 S. 6th St.)
Whether or not you live in these neighborhoods, if you bike in the city and would like to support improved bicyclilng infrastructure, please attend one or more of these events. Just to play devil's advocate, you have to wonder why we must squeeze bike lanes between moving and parked (on one side at least) traffic on one of the busiest streeets in the city when we could just as easily and with less disruption, designate a parallel, less travelled road as a "city bikeway" or something (bikes have right of way) providing better safety for cyclists.

On Thursday, January 11, the La Crosse Area Planning Committee's Advisory Committee on Transit and  Active Transportation will meet at 3 p.m. and discuss MTU goals for the coming year. While this is not a public hearing, if you have ideas or suggestions, you could contact the chair or attend the meeting and ask to have your ideas included in the discussion.

Next Wednesday, January 17, the La Crosse Area Planning Committee will hold it's annual meeting, public invited, followed by an informal idea exchange (with free appetizers). This is your chance to weigh in on sustainability issues for the region, especially transportation (see the agenda here). The meeting will begin at 4:30 at Two Beagles Brewpub, 910 2nd Ave N (STH 35) in Onalaska

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