Working remote while sitting in on Community Advisory Committee Meeting #3 of Ann Arbor's Moving Together Toward Vision Zero.
We just looked at queue jumping for buses. Someone announced, "to be clear we have the locations planned for these on Washtenaw" !!! 🎉
cc @murphmonkey we talked about this last year on a2mi and it sounds like it's happening!
I talked with CM Kathy Griswold after the meeting, she expressed enthusiasm for the Idaho Stop (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idaho_stop) and wants to see it come to Michigan and Ann Arbor. (She brought it up).
Common ground! I too think this should be MI law!
I suggested she bring A2's lobbying power to bear on that issue in Lansing and set aside her work on the crosswalk law that, IMO, has been going in the wrong direction.
My table focused on Safety. It was good to see a wide range of options being considered, ranging from the milquetoast (education and outreach) to the small but practical (safer mirrors on city trucks) to the bold (citywide speed limit, road/congestion pricing, parking pricing).
There was wide support at least at my table for tactical urbanism, i.e., cheap and quick piloting of infrastructure to try it out. Requires less political willpower since it's temporary and less cost as well.
I asked, how do we the public make that happen? Sounds like it can be done within an agency, as a matter of them setting internal policy, doesn't necessarily need any sort of elected official approval.
Which is unusual from a political agitation & organizing POV. Do we target specific A2 city and Washtenaw departments and demand tactical urbanism? Ask for specific installations?
On that note: what specific work of tactical urbanism do you want to see?
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