At risk


June 22, 2010 the Charlottesville Planning Commission added Franklin Street to the City’s sidewalk priority list. Franklin is one of twelve North South pedestrian paths across the railroad. These railroad crossings are of particular interest because they focus vehicle and pedestrian activity in a confined area.
Since June 2010 the bike/ped facilities at Meade Avenue/Carlton Road, at 1st Street SE, at Shamrock Road and at JPA have been upgraded.


Pedestrians on Franklin Street are left to their own devices.


Even though there are straightforward fixes available.

compliance

southern approach
Franklin and Broadway. The sign is advisory in nature, not a sign that the police enforce.


And so…. Franklin and Market. The tractor trailer driver mashes Betty Lou’s front lawn, knocks on doors. Residents on Market Street move their autos so the rig can make the turn he has been advised not to make.

traffic

Do we have to make a motion to do nothing? May 2007

Transposition, asphalt commons

yoga
1 mile section of Jefferson Park Avenue temporarily returned to the commons for use by people not in automotive exoskeletons. Yoga in the street.

biker walker

street art
there are 847 acres of road surface in CHO, a sizable canvas

nigerian dwarf
The Nigerian dwarf goat Biscuit

goatherd
Eric Geilker and Biscuit

Labrador
4 y.o. Titan Green drinks.

central place pedestrian mall
Meanwhile on the Downtown pedestrian mall, people share space with equipment responding to a kitchen fire.

whatis

water or urine?
You might ask “what is enhanced water?”

WATER, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM HEXAMETAPHOSPHATE (TO PROTECT FLAVOR), NATURAL FLAVOR, POTASSIUM SORBATE (PRESERVES FRESHNESS), ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C), SUCRALOSE, SODIUM CITRATE, POTASSIUM CITRATE, ACESULFAME POTASSIUM, NIACINAMIDE (VITAMIN B3), CALCIUM DISODIUM EDTA (TO PROTECT FLAVOR), VITAMIN E ACETATE, CALCIUM PANTOTHENATE (VITAMIN B5), PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B6)

You might ask “what is enhanced enhanced water?” I think that is what we have here…water, urea, chloride, sodium, potassium, creatinine, a.k.a. pee.

75% of the vehicles that scour through this street are folk using the Belmont and Woolen Mills neighborhoods as a short-cut. The tide of cars and trucks lowers quality of life. Some motorists eject loaded diapers or products of micturition along with their normal trash. These are the special people.

pave paradise


Which transportation projects should Albemarle County and Charlottesville begin planning for now to make it easier for people to travel around the community in the future?–Sean Tubbs.
Charlottesville Tomorrow has the story on yesterday’s local confab regarding which roads the community builds next. The idea of paving Charlottesville, using it as an intersection between Albemarle County locations seems to have a lot of support. Planners want cars to be comfortable, not to be impeded in their daily course.

meter hookup
I live in a neighborhood built before the introduction of the automobile. The last couple of days have been delightful from a traffic point of view. The water main contractor has been inconveniencing drivers as they cut-through our residential streets, reducing their speed and their number.

flagmen
Single-family residential zoning districts are established to provide and protect quiet, low-density residential areas wherein the predominant pattern of residential development is the single-family dwelling.

corner of Franklin and Market
The utility pole at this location and the stone wall on its right have been chunked down by oversized vehicles cutting the corner (see scrapes on the sign).

signs of transgression

Envy

MUTCD roundabout
I have envy. One of the dread Capital Vices, a.k.a. the seven deadly sins.
Traffic control envy.
Everyday I bike through the 2nd Street Northwood corridor of Charlottesville . This is a lovely neighborhood with many traffic calming measures, excellent pedestrian facilities and little cut-through traffic. This neighborhood is eminently walkable. From the sign above, It looks like they are fixing to get roundabouts? Good idea…
My envy, my argument on this subject is one of need and equity. Lets use geospatial technology to see where our City spends its capital improvement dollars and help direct the allocation of those funds. GPS analysis might help us combat the “two Charlottesvilles” problem. When we spend money to address quality of life, traffic and safety issues we should strive for even handedness. I think the CIP/GPS overview would produce revelatory results.
A year ago I posted a video of a street I walk every day, Franklin Street. Franklin has no sidewalk. 75% of Franklin’s motorists are short-cutting through residential neighborhoods (Belmont and Woolen Mills) to save time. This is an issue raised with the City over twenty years ago. Remedial action has been proposed in the next five years.