Mark your calendar for the first Monroe Street Neighborhood Greenway Concept Plan workshop, on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Public Safety Building (3200 SE Harrison St).
Monroe Street is an important east-west route across Milwaukie, connecting several Neighborhoods and Downtown Milwaukie. It is identified in the City’s Transportation System Plan (TSP) as a potential "Neighborhood Greenway."
Click here to view a video of the project's segments with narration by the project manager, Associate Planner Brett Kelver:
Click the following link to view another video tour of the segments produced by Andy Schmidt, Matt Menely, and Greg Baartz-Bowman of Bike Milwaukie: http://cityofmilwaukie.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?clip_id=855
Neighborhood Greenways are low-volume, low-speed routes that provide safe, quiet routes for motorists, pedestrians, and bicycles. Neighborhood Greenways often include improvements that reduce vehicle speeds (for example, with curb extensions or mini traffic circles), which makes them safer and more inviting for neighbors, walkers, and bikers, while also reducing cut-through traffic from outside the neighborhood.
The City has secured a State grant to create a Concept Plan that defines Neighborhood Greenway improvements along Monroe Street from 21st Avenue to Linwood Avenue (Milwaukie's eastern boundary). The project team is engaging residents -- especially those who live on or near Monroe Street -- and other interested parties to assess current challenges and needs, evaluate best practices that aim to address those needs, and develop design options for the community to consider. Monroe Street has distinct characteristics in different segments of the study area, and the Concept Plan will be tailored to address the different conditions.
Advisory Committee and Public Workshops
A Project Advisory Committee (PAC) has been formed to help guide the plan. The PAC includes representatives from the City's Neighborhood Associations, local bike advocates, the City's Public Safety Advisory Committee, and technical advisors who will meet throughout the project to review and discuss drafts of the Concept Plan. Click here for more information about the PAC, including the City Council's charge to the PAC and a list of PAC members.
In addition, the project team will hold two Public Workshops to present information to the larger community and get input and perspective from residents and others who use Monroe Street. The first workshop will be held on Wed., Dec. 3, 2014, at 6 p.m., in the Public Safety Community Room, 3200 SE Harrison St, and will present existing conditions and potential design elements that could be included in the Concept Plan. The second workshop, forecasted for early February 2015, will incorporate the input gained at the first workshop and from the PAC and will present a range of options for feedback.
How you can get involved
We welcome your participation and perspective to help shape the future of a safer Monroe Street. Even if you do not live near or use Monroe Street yourself, what we learn as a community through this project can be applied in the future to some of the other designate Neighborhood Greenway routes in Milwaukie.
Click here for a list of additional resources and materials.
If you are interested in the project, please attend the public workshops or contact Brett Kelver, the project manager in the Planning Department, who can put you in touch with the appropriate PAC member to communicate your concerns. Brett is available by phone at (503) 786-7657 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.