LPCA  Board  Statement  Regarding  the  Freeport  Blvd.

 Bike  Lane  Project  
Approved  Unanimously  by  the  Land  Park  Community  Association  Board  of  Directors    -­‐  10/2/2012  

    The  Land  Park  Community  Association  (LPCA)  supports  the  City  of  Sacramento’s   commitment  to  being  bicycle  friendly  and  its  encouragement  of  “sustainable,  non-­‐ polluting,  energy  efficient  and  health  conscious  transportation.”  Our  neighborhood   is  well  represented  by  community  members  who  utilize  and  promote  alternative   modes  of  transportation,  including  public  transit,  ride  sharing,  bicycle  use  and   walking.  The  additional  advantages  that  can  accrue  to  the  community  by  promoting   alternative  means  of  transportation  include:    reduced  traffic  accidents,  improved   physical  and  mental  health,  lower  financial  stress,  and  promotion  of  more  walkable   and  bicycle  friendly  businesses.       The  Freeport  Blvd.  Bike  Lane  Project  is  an  ambitious  project  that  may  achieve  some   of  the  above  stated  goals.  The  project,  when  completed,  should  increase  bicycle   usage  by  students  and  neighbors.  Traffic  accidents  may  decrease.  Traffic  patterns   are  expected  to  achieve  a  new  equilibrium  because  commuters  and  local  traffic  will   find  more  efficient  avenues  to  travel.  Achievement  of  the  other  potential  goals  can   only  be  hoped  for.     It  should  also  be  recognized,  however,  that  changes  to  streets  as  complex  as   Freeport  are  usually  included  in  a  larger  “Complete  Street”  concept  whereby  streets   are  designed  and  operated  to  enable  safe,  attractive,  and  comfortable  access  and   travel  for  all  users.  These  “Complete  Street”  projects  usually  include  infrastructure   changes  such  as:  changing  sidewalks,  raising  crosswalks,  adding  landscaping,   creating  bus  pullouts  or  bus  lanes,  and  creating  median  crossing  islands.  Though  we   understand  the  budgetary  constraints,  the  LPCA  was  hopeful  that  the  Freeport  Blvd.   Bike  Lane  Project  could  be  more  comprehensive  than  the  “resurfacing  and   restriping”  project  currently  proposed  by  including  other  features  of  a  “Complete   Street.”  We  do  not  want  to  lose  this  opportunity  for  community  enhancement.     The  LPCA  also  appreciates  the  difficulty  city  staff  has  encountered  attempting  to   balance  the  needs  of  all  aspects  of  the  community.  We  have  worked  very  closely   with  staff  and  our  council  member,  and  we  have  attempted  to  reach  the  entire   neighborhood.  We  have  conducted  many  outreach  meetings  and  have  received   comments  in  a  widely  distributed  opinion  survey.  The  neighborhood  is  split   regarding  many  aspects  of  the  project.     With  these  considerations  in  mind,  the  Land  Park  Community  Association  has   determined  that  to  have  a  reasonable  chance  of  success,  the  Freeport  Blvd.  Bike   Lane  Project  must  include  the  following  elements:     1.    Business  Parking:  This  project  removes  most  of  Freeport  Blvd’s  “on-­‐street”   parking.  “On-­‐street”  parking  plays  a  crucial  role  in  maintaining  the  viability  of  a   commercial  district.  The  loss  of  parking  spaces  will  force  many  business  customers   and  employees  onto  side  streets  compounding  an  already  serious  problem.  In  order  

LPCA  Board  Statement  Regarding  the  Freeport  Blvd.  Bike  Lane  Project  
Approved  Unanimously  by  the  Land  Park  Community  Association  Board  of  Directors    -­‐  10/2/2012  

to  prevent  degradation  of  the  commercial  district  and  create  additional  residential   parking  issues,  City  staff  must  strive  to  find  innovative  solutions  to  this  dilemma.         2.    Mitigation  of  “cut-­‐through”  traffic:  Most  commuters  are  aware  that  a  freight  train   or  light  rail  will  stop  traffic  on  Freeport  Blvd.  for  several  minutes  many  times  during   the  day.  What  is  not  known  is  precisely  when  the  stoppage  will  occur.  It  can  be   assumed  that  many  commuters  will  avoid  the  chance  of  an  extended  commute  time   and  find  another  daily  north/south  commute  route.  On  the  other  hand,  many  drivers   will  “take  their  chances”  on  Freeport  Blvd.  and  utilize  the  residential  east/west   avenues  if  traffic  on  Freeport  Blvd  is  stopped  and  automobiles  are  stacked  at   intersections.  It  is  this  east/west  “cut-­‐through”  commuter  traffic  on  narrow   residential  streets  that  is  a  concern  to  the  LPCA.  Mitigation  measures  to  help  reduce   “cut-­‐through”  traffic  including  signage,  speed  bumps,  and  other  innovative  tools   should  be  utilized  as  a  part  of  this  project.       3.    “Bicycle  Usage  Study”:    Though  automobile  traffic  patterns  have  been  studied  as   part  of  this  project,  bicycle  usage  has  not.  It  is  only  an  assumption  and  a  hopeful   prediction  that  the  addition  of  bike  lanes  will  increase  bicycle  usage  by  students,   residents  and  commuters.  By  studying  current  bicycle  usage  patterns,  including   accident  records,  and  comparing  them  to  bicycle  usage  after  project  completion,  we   can  determine  whether  the  city’s  bicycle  friendly  policies  are  effectively  increasing   usage  and  safety  as  we  hope.     4.    Review  Project  After  Completion:    The  traffic  study  conducted  for  this  project  is   based  on  current  traffic  counts,  a  set  of  empirical  data.  The  analysis  is  subjective,   however,  because  it  cannot  address  all  of  the  complex  factors  that  interact  to   produce  a  prediction  of  the  future  traffic  conditions  on  Freeport  Blvd.  In  order  to   ensure  that  the  unintended  consequences  of  the  Bike  Lane  Project  are  properly   mitigated,  the  impacts  of  the  project  must  be  comprehensively  reviewed  within  a   reasonable  period  after  project  completion.  If  the  project  is  completed  as  proposed   in  Summer  2013,  then  review  should  occur  within  six  months  after  the  start  of   school  in  September.  The  parameters  of  the  project  review  can  be  finalized  later,  but   should  include  factors  such  as:  length  of  delays  and  queuing  at  intersections,   particularly  in  the  Taylor  Market/McClatchy  High  School  area;  impact  of  queues   regarding  access  to  Freeport  Blvd.  from  side  streets;  changes  in  traffic  volumes  on   Freeport  and  other  potentially  affected  streets;  impact  of  lane  reduction  at  the   Sutterville  Road  and  Freeport  Blvd.  merger;  impact  of  parking  loss  on  Freeport   businesses;  and  other  topics  as  appropriate.  Further,  the  city  must  commit  to  the   prompt  mitigation  of  adverse  impacts  created  as  a  result  of  the  Freeport  Blvd.  Bike   Lane  Project.     The  LPCA  has  worked  very  hard  to  understand  the  desires  and  concerns  of  the   community  regarding  the  bike  lane  project.  Our  approach  has  been  to  reach  out  and   listen  to  the  community,  report  the  findings  in  a  fair  and  unbiased  manner,  make   suggestions  where  appropriate,  and  advocate  the  best  we  can  for  the  entire   community.    

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