VERNON STREET PLANS
We are residents of Vernon Street and unfortunately, many of us were unable to attend meetings that took place regarding the upcoming changes. It seems there was very little notice or opportunity for input. We are very concerned about the changes this will bring to our street. It seems as though the trees, the character of the street and the needs of pedestrians and bicyclists are being sacrificed in order for vehicles to move faster on a very residential street.
If this has to be done, we ask that the process is slowed down a little bit so that we can make sure it is done right. Let’s see if we can save some of these trees (and the value of people’s property) and make it more bike and pedestrian friendly. This road is already noisy and people drive excessively fast as it is. Some things that should be considered: narrower vehicle travel lanes to slow traffic; designated, signed and painted bike lanes on both sides or a 2-way bike lane on one side separated by some kind of barrier; bike friendly drainage grates flush with pavement; a crossing island at the intersection with Main Street to provide pedestrians on Main Street a safer crossing and to slow vehicles turning onto Vernon Street; islands at intersection of Tyler and Kilborn streets; replacing cut trees with appropriate trees of a specific size (not tiny saplings); burying power lines.
Perhaps all these cannot be paid for now, but at least the planning should be done now so there are better options in the future.
We are asking for three things: a meeting scheduled far enough in advance that more of us could participate, the engineering drawings made available online, and having the drawings reviewed by someone familiar with all the options for making streets work for bikes, pedestrians and the neighborhood. We would also like to be told of any costs to us that will be incurred.