Wednesday, April 13 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Hall School at 23 Orono Rd. in Portland.
The City of Portland and the Deering Center Neighborhood Association hosted a neighborhood meeting to discuss the creation of a Neighborhood Byway in the Deering Center neighborhood. A Neighborhood Byway uses local, residential streets to create a comfortable environment for bicyclists and pedestrians of all ages. The Deering Center area was selected for the pilot project as a Neighborhood Byway would be able to connect a large number of locations and address long-standing neighborhood concerns regarding traffic and pedestrian safety. The pilot project will promote safer connections between four neighborhood centers, five schools and numerous trails and parks .
A Neighborhood Byway combines techniques such as landscaping and street trees, signs and banners, pavement markings and street crossing treatments to create connections between places residents are likely to walk or bike. Byways typically run parallel to and between busier streets while still allowing local vehicular traffic. Following the neighborhood meeting, city staff with a project working group will develop an improvement plan that will incorporate the input provided by neighborhood residents at Wednesday’s meeting. Funding is available to construct the plan this summer and fall.
Update: For those who couldn’t make the meeting here is a complete set of slides from the meeting: Deering Center Neighborhood Byway Presentation 04/13/11
Here is a single slide of the issues and ideas that generated a lot of interest at the meeting: Deering Center Neighborhood Byway: Character & Issues
Bike the Byway!!
Several families from the neighborhood are organizing a bike ride along a portion of the byway route. The ride is scheduled for 10:30am on Sunday May 1st (rain date the following Sunday). It will start at the Longfellow School parking lot and end at the Hall School (a 1.5 mile ride). Join in!
For additional details contact Derekt Pelletier or Maryann Welsch (dpellet or maryann.welsch at gmail dot com). Visit the Facebook group for additional updates on the ride (http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=164098033644688)