Parking Revolution

Would this be a revolution in Asbury Park?  “We need more parking!” is the familiar refrain. The fact is that we can’t create more parking. We have #toomanycars. The best ways to reduce the use of, and need for cars in any city is to reduce the availability of parking, and make it less desirable to drive. The solution is to make it more desirable to use alternative transportation, walk or bike. “Talkin’ ’bout a revolution…”

A Modest Proposal to Eliminate 11,000 Urban Parking Spots

Feargus O’Sullivan Mar 29, 2019

Amsterdam plans to systematically strip its center of parking spaces in the coming years, making way for bike lanes, sidewalks, and more trees.

A woman parks her bike beneath boxes of daffodils on a bridge in Amsterdam, Netherlands April 22, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs – RC190EAE23D0

This week, Amsterdam is taking its reputation for pro-bike, anti-car polices one step further by announcing that it will systematically strip its inner city of parking spaces.

Amsterdam transit commissioner Sharon Dijksma announced Thursday that starting this summer, the city plans to reduce the number of people permitted to park in the city core by around 1,500 per year. These people already require a permit to access a specific space (and the cost for that permit will also rise), and so by reducing these permits steadily in number, the city will also remove up to 11,200 parking spaces from its streets by the end of 2025.

https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2019/03/amsterdam-cars-parking-spaces-bike-lanes-trees-green-left/586108/

Do Wider Streets Move Traffic Better?

Some drivers and traffic engineers believe that making streets wider will effectively provide for more cars and make traffic move more efficiently.  Learn more here.

CityLab University: Induced Demand

Benjamin Schneider Sep 6, 2018

When traffic-clogged highways are expanded, new drivers quickly materialize to fill them. What gives? Here’s how “induced demand” works.

Two Key Points:

  • In urbanism, “induced demand” refers to the idea that increasing roadway capacity encourages more people to drive, thus failing to improve congestion.
  • Since the concept was introduced in the 1960s, numerous academic studies have demonstrated the existence of ID.

Read more…

https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2018/09/citylab-university-induced-demand/569455/

Is Asbury Park A Strong Town? Here’s The Test

Think of the reasons that you love Asbury Park. Four cities were in the semi-final round of The Strongest Town. (Voting is now closed, and results are in as of April 6. Stay tuned.). Would Asbury Park someday be able to see our name on this list?  Could we win? Take a look at the The Strong Towns Strength Test.  Click on the underlined questions for details.  How do you think we would score? Asbury Park might only score a 1 out of 10 right now – We have work to do, but with your support of APCSC advocacy we are moving in the right direction!

Preview the upcoming New book by Charles Marhon, Jr., Strong Towns.: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity.

Strong Towns Strength Test

  by Charles Marohn

We understand that cities are complex, adaptable systems that defy easy or precise measurement, so we asked ourselves: are there simple observations we use to signal that a city is either a strong town or on its way to becoming one? If you went to a place and had a little bit of time, could you scratch the surface and get a sense of how strong and resilient it was?

Here are ten simple questions we call the Strong Towns Strength Test. A Strong Town should be able to answer “yes” to each of these questions. (Click on the underlined questions to read a step-by-step guide for answering that question.)

  1. Take a photo of your main street at midday. Does the picture show more people than cars?

Read more…

https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2014/11/15/strong-towns-strength-test

Cyclists Are ‘Less than Human’?

Are you that driver?

I’ve been riding bikes all of my life, sometimes with a child in a bike seat, and even with an infant on my back (horror in the US but normal in The Netherlands), and in the last 15 years on a road bike dressed in the much maligned SPANDEX.

Whenever I ride my bike I feel a relationship – a connection- with people driving cars around me. I ride a bike, and I drive a car too, after all. We’re exhorted to “Share The Road”, but I now realize that drivers are not feeling a relationship with me. I sometimes ride a bike with a basket, wearing street shoes, and sometimes a skirt around town. But very often I’m that spandex clad “cyclist” riding with a streamlined road bike, riding fast for training 50 miles or more, or commuting with a backpack to work about 12 miles away from home. In both scenarios I am not considered a human. If I am injured or killed by a driver, the driver may be absolved. 

Aggressive Drivers See Cyclists as ‘Less than Human

By Angie Schmitt 

A shocking number of people view cyclists as less than human — even likening them to insects — and that those “dehumanizing” attitudes are connected with aggressive driving targeted at people on bikes, according to a new study.

The Australian researchers asked participants about their attitudes toward cyclists — and 31 percent rated cyclists as less than human. The dehumanization was even worse among non-cyclists: 49 percent viewed people who ride a bike as non-human, according to the study published in the journal Transportation Research,

“Studies have shown that dehumanization is associated with increased antisocial behavior and aggression toward a variety of groups, and that it does so by removing normal inhibitions against harming others,” the author Alexa Delbosc, and her team wrote in their summary.

Read about it~

https://usa.streetsblog.org/2019/03/28/study-aggressive-driving-is-linked-to-seeing-cyclists-as-less-than-human/

Congestion Pricing Is A Great Idea…It’s About Time

We’ve hit peak car. People are complaining about traffic, and lack of parking in Asbury Park and in cities all over the US.  Building wider roads was never a good idea (induced demand), and it isn’t feasible or economically a great idea to build more parking (Cities are eliminating parking.) Maybe car culture in the US is about to change.

The Streets Were Never Free. Congestion Pricing Finally Makes That Plain.

The policy could change not just traffic, but also how we think about the infrastructure cars require.

By Emily Badger April 4th, 2019

The idea of the open road evokes these intertwined meanings: The freedom to use it should be free. Residential street parking should be free. Traffic lanes should be free. Stretches of public curb dedicated to private driveways? Those should be free, too.

In other ways, the government has heavily subsidized driving, or hidden the reality of who pays for it in places no one sees. Local laws require off-street parking from businesses and housing developers, who pass on the construction cost of it to tenants and customers who may not drive at all.

Read the article:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/04/upshot/the-streets-were-never-free-congestion-pricing-finally-makes-that-plain.html

Success! APCSC Annual Meeting and Bike Light Fundraiser

What a fun way to have a meeting!

Thank you Smith Group for hosting at Little Buddy Hideaway with food, drink and a door prize donation, and to Stringbean Blues for the tunes, and Sarah Galloway for allowing us to screen Bike Riddim.  To all who stepped up to support and participate, it was a terrific event on Saturday!

  Stringbean Blues

The crowd, Tshirts + Bike Donation (Second Life Bikes)

We had a wonderful group at APCSC Annual Meeting and Bike Light Fundraiser. The ticket and tshirt sales, plus  generous donations will enable us to purchase bike lights for people in Asbury Park who need them.

Our State of The Organization was read, and the Proclamation  was on view for attendees to sign. Our transportation manager, Mike Manzella was on the mic with updates to keep us apprised about Complete Streets upcoming initiatives.

The Proclamation      Mike Manzella, Transportation Mgr.

Kay Harris (Asbury Galleria and Asbury Park Museum), and Polli Schildge (Executive Committee APCSC)

Thanks so much to our amazing and supportive Asbury Park business door prize donors!

Ada’s GojjoAmerica’s CupAsbury GalleriaAsbury Park Cyclery; Booskerdoo; Beach Box; Carla Gizzi; Cryolete; Foolish Ginger; High Voltage CafePipe Dreams; Second Life Bikes; Smithgroup; SoulKraft InkWords! Bookstore.

Contact us at: apcompletestreets@gmail.com to donate to the Bike Light Campaign!

Onward!

APCSC State Of The Organization

Asbury Park Complete Streets Coalition Annual Meeting and The State of the Organization

Raising funds for the Bike Light Campaign to Light Up Bikes in Asbury Park

Annual Meeting and Bike Light Campaign Fundraiser at Little Buddy Hideaway, Saturday, March 30th 6-8pm

Get tickets in advance here, or buy at the door (limited to 75).

Music by Stringbean Blues, door prizes (2 bikes!), screening of Bike Riddim, the award winning documentary, and updates on what’s happening in city infrastructure for biking and walking.
This event will help to raise funds for bike lights for people who need them. We hope to engage APPD to help distribute and install the lights, and we’d like to provide lights to restaurants to help hospitality staff to be lit up when they ride at night.

Buy tickets

Annual Meeting and Bike Light Campaign

Asbury Park Complete Streets Coalition

How Far Have We Come?

February 2019

 

Thank you for your continued support as APCSC endeavors to make the streets of our city safer for all users, especially the most vulnerable. If we design our streets for children and for the elderly they will be safe for everyone, including for drivers. As advocates for safe and accessible streets for all users, we want to be a one-point contact for all things regarding street safety. Our mission evolved to advocate for City streets that are safe for all road users. Speed endangers our most vulnerable citizens – Crashes cause pedestrian, bicyclist, and driver deaths.

APCSC is entering the 4th year of our existence. We were originally founded to address bicycle regulations on the boardwalk. While that issue remains one of our goals, the successful completion of other initiatives are many.

When the Route 71/Main Street road improvement plan was announced, APCSC advocated and educated for the proven safety benefits of a lane configuration. Many Main Street businesses signed on in support. Success in achieving this goal was recognized at the State level and by the NJ Bike and Walk Coalition, with whom we have an affiliation.

Leading the City’s street safety efforts today is the City’s Transportation Manager, Michael Manzella. Mike has shown his expertise and dedication to biking and walking planning from conception to implementation. Mike has proven to be our “road warrior,” working with Asbury Park Complete Streets Coalition on transportation and mobility concerns for Asbury Park: A Bike Share Program; An increasing number of bike lanes; a checklist for a “Complete Streets Policy”; The “Asbury Park Plan for Walking and Biking”; spearheading the implementation of an electric car share, approval of the NJDOT reconfiguration of Main Street and Road Diet; improved crosswalks and markings, and a bicycle registration program by the AP Police Department.

We continue to advocate for:

Requiring new construction and road paving to include accommodation for bicycles

Installation of more bike racks throughout the city

Engaging with APPD in support of people riding bikes, and installing bike lights

Continuing bike light giveaway project

Reducing parking spaces to provide for safe corners and bike parking

Rewriting boardwalk bike ordinance

Making recommendations for city ordinance re: riding on sidewalks

Continuing crosswalk improvements

Encouraging regular Community Bike Rides

New initiatives are:

Installation of Leading Pedestrian Intervals and Leading Bicycle Intervals at intersections

Installation of protected bike lanes

Building a bike depot at the transit center

Promote alternative “traffic calming” strategies

Encourage walking and jogging paths around Sunset Lake

Encourage alternate means of transportation – not cars

Enforcement of speeding, double parking, and blocking bike lanes

Designation of loading zones

Develop off-site parking for delivery trucks and mandate smaller truck delivery

Develop an anti-bike theft program

Developing off-site parking and “Last Mile” transportation options from the transit center to destinations in the city

 

Thank you for your continued support, as APCSC endeavors to be your one-point beacon for all things regarding equitable mobility and street safety.  

Look for us and follow on social media.  Twitter: @Asburyparkcsc; subscribe to our website: www.apcompletestreets.org; Facebook page:  @asburyparkcompletestreetscoalition.

Upcoming:

Annual Meeting and Fund Raiser: LIttle Buddy Hideaway, Saturday, March 30th 6-8pm See more and buy tickets!

“ASBURY PARK ALIVE!” on May 4th from 1-5pm:The ultimate open streets, car-free festival.  Cover letter for Asbury Park Alive  

 

 

State of The Organization Letter-3_8_19

 

 

Love This City

Asbury Park is is undoubtedly experiencing a “rebirth”.  This renaissance includes thriving music and dining scenes, plus luxury condominiums on the oceanfront, and more to come. Some residents credit developers for “revitalizing” Asbury Park, (although the reality is that timing is everything, and developers knew the time was right, even considering the risk).  At the same time, many good people are focused on serious issues of social justice, “basic functional needs”, like food, housing, jobs, and education.

Besides upscale development, and in addition to the wonderful people helping to make the city livable, what make us really LOVE a city? Are possibly we missing opportunities to promote and enhance the things that would make Asbury Park truly loveable?  Preserving and keeping our incredible waterfront accessible and welcoming to everyone is the first thing that comes to mind…it’s a resource like no other.

Asbury Park Complete Streets Coalition supports Save Asbury’s Waterfront.

LOVE THIS TOWN: WATERFRONT LESSONS FROM HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA

“The 2017 Placemaking conference in Amsterdam opened my eyes to the concept of ‘lovability’, thanks to Dutch placemaker Peter Groenendaal, who encouraged participants to think beyond basic ‘livability.’ This message was recieved with an open heart, as it came only days after the Mayor of Amsterdam, Eberhard van der Laan, passed away. The Mayor concluded his final letter to the citizens of Amsterdam with a call to action: “Please take good care of our city, and of each other.”

Read about how to love a city:

https://www.pps.org/article/love-this-town-waterfront-lessons-from-halifax-nova-scotia-canada#.XJo0JI-G81M.twitter

Getting Around In Asbury Park

Lot’s happening in the world of transportation and getting around in Asbury Park!  Find out about it in the Asbury Park Sun.

NAVIGATING ASBURY PARK

TRANSPORTATION UPDATES INCLUDE ELECTRIC CAR SHARING, VETTING A SCOOTER SHARE, PARKING METERS & STREET WORK

 

By Michelle Gladden

 

Navigating Asbury Park’s streets and parking is paramount, particularly during the peak season. In advance of the spring and summer uptick, here are a few updates:

Electric car sharing stations, complete with charging docks.

parking meters – a switch to pay by plate.

The Main Street Road Diet project’s paving and striping moves to between Deal Lake Drive and Asbury Avenue on Friday, 3/29.

Read more about it…

http://asburyparksun.com/navigating-asbury-park/

Slow It Down. Way Down.

“Traveling at high speeds causes you to miss things, or to assign things more or less importance in your mental model of a place than they may really have. One of the best ways to deeply understand the place you live is, thus, to slow down. Way down.”

Take a walk or a leisurely bike ride for no particular reason, for exercise or for an errand. It’s a fantastic way to get to know people and neighborhoods in your city. Asbury Park is easily walkable in terms of distance to any destination, at only 1.4 m square.

Asbury Park Complete Streets Coalition hosts regular Community Bike Rides – slow ambles through various parts of the city, sometimes picking other riders up along the way.  It’s a great way to get to know new people and other neighborhoods, to see things  all around town that we may not have known about. We’ve talked to The Asbury Park Historical Assoc. about walking tours too.  Our streets are becoming safer and more accommodating to people walking and people on bikes, so take a walk or a ride and explore a part of the city you may not have known!

See Your City Differently by Slowing Down

  by Daniel Herriges

“One of the simplest ways to engage with your community is to physically get out in it.  When you walk or bike, the slower pace allows you to notice details you’ve never seen before. Not only that, you will hear, smell and feel the environment in a way that’s impossible to experience from inside an automobile.

I’m always amazed how many total strangers speak to me when I’m walking or biking. They ask for directions, make surprising observations, or just say howdy. Cars create barriers between people. Active transportation eliminates them. When we’re not surrounded by glass and steel, people can see our faces and we become recognizably human. Sharing a smile, which happens a lot more often when you’re on foot or bike, reminds us of this fact.”

Walking tours in Montreal.

 

A group of friends from all over Asbury Park on a Community Ride in Spring 2018. Bikes, and even pedal surreys are all lit up!

Read more…

https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2018/7/27/see-your-city-differently-by-slowing-down?utm_campaign=meetedgar&utm_medium=social&utm_source=meetedgar.com