Advocates call New Haven’s ‘Downtown Crossing’ a broken promise

Aug 2nd, 2012 | By | Category: Featured Story, Transportation

Nearly 50 people showed up on a day’s notice Tuesday night to discuss their concerns with the project design. The meeting was called by bicycling and pedestrian advocates, along with some members of the Board of Aldermen. Their main concerns: Narrow sidewalks and wide streets that, they say, encourages high-speed traffic both pay homage to the vehicle, rather than the pedestrian or cyclist.

Local residents and elected officials meet at The Bourse Coworking Loft at 839 Chapel St. in New Haven, July 31, to discuss plans for the Route 34 Downtown Crossing. (cjzurcher)

Local residents and elected officials meet at The Bourse Coworking Loft at 839 Chapel St. in New Haven, July 31, to discuss plans for the Route 34 Downtown Crossing. (cjzurcher)

“A lot of community members feel like the current design doesn’t reach their vision of a bikeable and walkable and safe community,” said Justin Elicker, aldermen for the East Rock neighborhood.

City officials have said the plan is the best they can do with a constrained budget. New Haven applied for a $21 million federal grant to get the project done and received only $16 million; earlier grant applications, which were denied, were for twice that. The city points to bike boxes (safe standing areas for bicyclists at intersections), bike paths and landscaping that has been added to the design at the request of pedestrian and cycling advocates and aldermen in the past several months.

For more on this story, visit: Advocates call New Haven’s ‘Downtown Crossing’ a broken promise | The Connecticut Mirror.

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