RENewsletter | May 30, 2010


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Opening Salvo:  “Rochester Bicycle Boulevard ride a success”


On Sunday, May 23 at 1 PM in Cobbs Hill Park, over forty bicyclists began a bicycle boulevard demonstration ride through the Upper Monroe neighborhood in Rochester, New York. They were not racers, or members of a single bicycling club, or recruits for a charity ride.  They were just ordinary folks finding out what a bicycle boulevard would look and feel like in our area.  


Maybe it is a harbinger of things to come. Portland, Oregon’s next generation bicycle boulevards is already achieving what we are attempting here: “A low traffic volume and low traffic speed street where bicycles, pedestrians and neighbors are given priority.”  Already, this concept is being introduced as one of the choices for the Bicycle Master Plan being developed by the City of Rochester and the county of Monroe.


Preparation for this demonstration ride began almost a year ago by choosing a neighborhood properly situated near the heart of the city, en route to popular generators.  A generator is a destination that attracts traffic, like a supermarket, a city center, a theatre district, or, in Rochester’s case, its wonderful network of trails (including the New York State Canal Trail) which come to a hub at Genesee Park


For this specific demonstration ride, a route from the Upper Monroe neighborhood was mapped out and temporarily signed, pointing out each turn of the ride.  When fully developed, this bicycle boulevard would not only have permanent signage, it might have many other features like auto speed reduction, auto traffic reduction, and various changes to make crossing busy streets easier and safer. ( Ultimately, Upper Monroe bicycle boulevards would be linked to a series of other boulevard routes throughout all our neighborhoods providing safe and enjoyable routes that make our neighborhoods more neighborly.  Not to mention fewer fossil-burning vehicles, fewer ozone alert days, and a lighter impact on climate change.


What might tip the community from one that views bicycles, walking, and public transportation as peripheral ways of getting around to a city that is designed specifically around these transportation options?  Maybe we could take our lead from Portland, Oregon, pack up all our influential community leaders, and send them to Boulder, Colorado or The Netherlands and let them see how they do it.  Don’t laugh, it’s been done—and it worked!  (Click on my email for feedback)




NewsLinksEnvironmental NewsLinks – [Highlights of major environmental stories concerning our area from the past week]





UpdatesDaily Updates – [Connecting the dots on Rochester’s environment. Find out what’s going on environmentally in our area—and why you should care? Clicking on -DISCUSSION – will take you to my blog “Environmental Thoughts, NY, where you can add your comments.]





EventsRochester Environmental Events Calendar – [The most complete listing of all environmental events around the Rochester, New York area.]  If you don’t see your event, or know of a local environmental event, please send me the info: with (EV event) in the subject line.


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ActionTake Action - Often, I receive request to pass on alerts, petitions, Public Comments on local developments, and environmental items needing action by the Rochester Community and around the world. I’ll keep Actions posted until their due date. 





AwardEnvironmental Site of the Month Award – [On the last Sunday of each month, we present an environmental award for the Rochester-area environmental web site or blog that best promotes the need to protect and offers solutions for our area's environmental issues.]


The May 2010 Environmental Site of the Month Award goes out to the Federation of Monroe County Environmentalists.  This umbrella environmental group, established in 1988, provides for our region an opportunity for many environmentalists around the region to learn from each other and often act with a unified voice on local environmental actions. They also provide programs to educate the pubic on environmental issues, such as protecting our parks and monitoring other activities that might compromise our local environment.  


Federation of Monroe County Environmentalists: “The Federation of Monroe County Environmentalists is concerned about rapidly disappearing green space and wildlife habitat in this region. We bring together individuals and organizations to discuss and act on local environmental issues with a united voice.  The focus of the Federation is on land use, with an emphasis on promoting better land use planning, on a local and regional level. In recent years we have become aware that urban sprawl must be curbed to achieve sustainable communities. We are working to familiarize citizens and decision makers in our community with the principles of balanced sustainable development, to show that preserving and protecting environmental integrity benefits every citizen, now and in the future. “