Dare we tempt fate and initiate a conversation about pedestrian, bike, and car safety on Foster?
Why, yes…yes we should. (Well, not really. But….)
In the spirit of the City’s adoption of Vision Zero—or at least their stated intentions to—we’ll offer a little teaser. We present to you, fine Foster people, the Foster Transportation and Streetscape Plan.
This is mostly for those who haven’t acquainted themselves with the plan yet, or, if they have, forgot about it in the years it’s been in the works. Design and construction are planned for the end of 2016 and into 2017—not fast enough for those who’ve been advocating and helping with the planning process, but right around the corner when considering the pace at which these projects typically play out.
So while bike advocates fight car advocates (and fellow bike advocates, too) and vice-versa, and pedestrians fight for their piece of the safe-transportation pie, we have a local project that might offer something for everyone: room for bikes, safer driving conditions, visible and (hopefully) efficient crossings for pedestrians (which include many school-age children crossing Foster every morning and afternoon), and a visual upgrade that might combat the highway look and feel of Foster.
So check it out, get to know it, pick it apart, and expect construction sometime in the next year or two.
* Also worth noting is a recent article on Foster United, which points to recent legislation that could lead to much-needed traffic enforcement on Foster (and Powell and 82nd, for that matter).