If you missed last Friday’s Ped and Bike Master Plan open house, you really missed out on a lot of fun. Estimates put the attendance around 70 participants, which helped create a party-like atmosphere full of innovative discussions about fancy new ideas and treatments.
You can still participate in the process on the website, by attending the project advisory committee meeting Oct 25th, by attending the next open house in March, and by coming to the Transportation Remix panel discussion this Friday (There will be beer!)
While all these are great options, they don’t quite give you the experience of attending the event. This is sad, because it was fun and informative, and full of ideas aimed at increasing cyclist ease and ridership numbers (despite what some negative bloggers who didn’t attend the event would have you believe).
In order to give you a full understanding of the night I will now pass the narrative over to the wonderful George Nellis, a newspaper man who rode his 52 inch “Ordinary” bicycle from New York to San Fransisco in 72 days back in 1887, shattering the previous record by two weeks. I figure if we are going to live vicariously through anyone, George is a pretty good choice. Other than being a way bigger bad-ass than me, George’s experience – albeit fictional – was that of going to the open house completely unexposed to much of the innovative infrastructure being proposed – which presents a much more common experience than my policy-wonk steeped experience. (Kendra says that this entire idea is rather contrived, which is true, but I’ve decided I don’t care.)
Take the jump to start the adventure (and view a PDF of the materials in case you missed it).