The rally to support the new Middle Street bicycle lanes drew quite a large crowd of bicycle enthusiasts to the Lafayette playground on November 4. Pictured above are City Councilor Ned Reynolds, Mayor Jack Blalock, City Councilor Josh Denton, and former City Councilor Brad Lown. You may peruse many other photos of this event on PS21’s Flickr site.
This just in from Portsmouth’s planning department:
The Planning Department is undertaking annual Bicycle and Pedestrian Counts in the coming weeks and we are in need of volunteers! As someone who has volunteered in the past we are reaching out to see if you are able to help us again this year. The counts will take place on Saturday, June 16, 2018 and Tuesday June 19, 2018. Please see the following link for specific timeslots on each of these days to sign up:
Phil Goff is the New England planning and design leader for Alta Planning + Design’s Cambridge office. Alta is a Portland, OR-based consulting firm that specializes in active transportation facilities and programs. Goff has 20 years of experience in urban design, transportation planning and bicycle advocacy. A native of Keene, he has worked on various projects throughout the state and sits on the Board of the Bike-Walk Alliance of NH.
On May 23 at Portsmouth High School, Goff gave a presentation on innovations in bicycle facilities and design with recommendations for Portsmouth. Massachusetts cities such as Cambridge and Somerville have made great strides over that past 15 years in designing their compact and crowded streets to accommodate more bicycles. They have vastly increased the number of cycling commuters while reducing motor traffic and maintaining safety for all. There are a lot of creative ideas Portsmouth can borrow that are illustrated in Goff’s presentation.
Phil Goff will give a presentation on innovations in bicycle infrastructure on WednesdayMay 23 at 7PM at the Portsmouth High School’s Little Theater. Mr. Goff is with Alta Planning & Design, a nationwide firm specializing in planning for active communities.
The presentation is sponsored by Walk Bike Portsmouth, a committee of PS21.
Portsmouth’s Planning Board has adopted a voluminous and detailed master plan for the city’s bicycle and pedestrian future. The long-term goal is to create a largely unbroken network of safe and useful bike paths and pedestrian walkways throughout the city.
A draft version of Portsmouth’s Bike-Pedestrian Master Plan presented to the Planning Board Thursday, July 17, envisions making a portion of Market Street — between Bow Street and Market Square — for bikes and pedestrians only.
The plan from Toole Design Group (which did Boston’s bike-ped plan) and city staff also recommends dozens of intersection changes and:
Wider sidewalks and parallel parking (instead of angled parking) around Market Square
A “contraflow” bike lane and one lane for motor vehicles for a short section of State Street
A bike-ped system including a long path parallel to Islington Street, along the railroad tracks
An impressively detailed draft version of Portsmouth’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan was unveiled during a session June 5 at the public library. (Watch video)
With perhaps 75 people looking on, city officials and Toole Design Group, a planning firm that specializes and bicycle and pedestrian planning (and was the consultant for Boston’s bike-pedestrian master plan) described techniques for improving walkability and bikeability and displayed about about a dozen maps on the Levenson Room’s walls. The maps showed where people walk and bike today, where there are opportunities for improvement, and where there are constraints on making improvements. (For a short while, more public input can be added to the city’s Bike-Ped Wikimap.)
Fully implemented, the plan could result a sophisticated walk-bike network for the city. However, absent a sudden infusion of cash, bike-ped improvements will evolve slowly. City planner Juliet Walker and the Toole Design Group plan to rank potential projects by their importance for safety, availability of funding, ease of implementation, public enthusiasm and other factors.
Redhook Brewery is hosting a screening of The Long Bike Back, and the subjects of the film, Pearson and Pete Constantino, will bike to the event on their way from New York to Maine on a New England tour to promote safer roads. The screening is followed by a Q&A with Pearson, Pete, and the film’s director, Julia Wrona.
The Long Bike Back chronicles Pearson Constantino’s recovery from a devastating hit-and-run crash and his exciting bike ride across America with his brother Pete advocating for safer roads and reminding people of the joy of riding a bicycle.
Now Pearson and Pete Constantino are traveling again by bike, this time across New England to celebrate National Bike Month and share the documentary.
As work on Portsmouth’s Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan nears the halfway mark, the city has published a draft showing existing conditios: where people bike and walk to, the conditions along the way, and where there have been accidents,