Sunday, February 15, 2009

Calling All Pedestrians, Bicyclists, and Mass Transit Riders

...and others who want better walking and bicycling access to mass transit in the 422 Corridor region.

Planners are soliciting suggestions on ways to smooth out one of the region's toughest commutes.

422 Master Plan Meetings
Tuesday, Feb. 17
6:30 to 9 p.m.
Oaks Elementary School Cafeteria
Oaks School Drive
Oaks, Pa. 19456
Snow date: Feb. 24

Wednesday, Feb. 18
6:30 to 9 p.m
Montgomery County Community College
Pottstown Campus, Community Room
101 College Dr.
Pottstown, Pa. 19464
Snow date: Feb. 26

How will you recommend that the regional planners, engineers, and elected and appointed leaders address concerns along the 422 corridor?

Here are the comments WalkBikeBerks will present:

1 - Corridor Communities must update their master plans to require Complete Streets
a - Identify gaps in sidewalks in non-rural areas
b - Identify solutions to crossing 422 on foot or bike
c - Identify bicycle improvements, especially where barriers exist
d - Require bike parking in business districts and new commercial construction
e - Write traffic calming policies
f - Fund and promote Safe Routes to School Programs

2 - Connect and coordinate existing SEPTA, BARTA and Pottstown Urban Transit services
a - Provide service extensions to communities such as Exeter, Birdsboro and Boyertown
b - Install bike racks on all buses
c - Build excellent pedestrian accommodations to/from all bus stops along Route 422 including signal protected crosswalks, pedestrian refuges, sidewalks and bus shelters.

3 - Supplement or enhance Capitol Trailways Pottsville/Reading - Philadelphia commuter bus service
a - Serve US 422 locally from Reading to Pottstown (local stops)
b - Use Bus Wrap to identify commuter bus place schedules on BARTA and SEPTA websites
c - Install bike racks on buses

4 - Complete the Schuylkill River Trail and integrate into the regional travel network, creating a seamless, well maintained, paved shared use path from Center City Philadelphia to Reading with good on street access to nearby destinations.

I imagine something like this:

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