Here are some items about the Sandag Bike Plan Project for the Uptown District.
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From: Robrahn, Beth <Beth.Robrahn@sandag.org>
Date: Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 3:01 PM
Subject: Nomination Request – Uptown Regional Bike Corridor Advisory Group
To: “Robrahn, Beth” <Beth.Robrahn@sandag.org>Dear Community Group Chairs and Presidents;
I am the project manager for the design of one of the two regional bike corridors currently funded by SANDAG. The majority of the project corridor is located within Uptown, but also includes portions within Old Town, Mission Valley, Balbo Park, North Park, University Heights and Downtown. The project is being referred to as the Uptown Regional Bike Corridor. The other project corridor is through Mid-City. There is some overlap of the two projects within North Park and University Heights. Maps of the two projects are attached (the project corridors are identified as red lines).
The regional bike corridors within the Uptown project area were identified and prioritized in the Regional Bicycle Plan (and the City of San Diego bicycle plan) as important connections north/south from Mission Valley to Downtown and east/west from North Park to Old Town. SANDAG has committed to funding the design and construction of all of the priority regional bike corridor projects (see map on attached Bike Plan factsheet) within 10 years and the Uptown and Mid-City projects are among the first to be funded. These are exciting projects because the projects will be constructed once the design has been finalized and approved. The projects are funded with Transnet funds allocated by the SANDAG Board of Directors.
It is important to emphasize that a design of the Uptown project has not been drafted. SANDAG is contracting with the engineering firm, KOA, to lead the technical aspects of the project design and I will lead the community collaborative process to involve as many community groups as possible in the project design. We will also look to the various plans and studies that have been developed within the affected communities to help inform the design process.
An important component of the design process is establishing a Community Advisory Group, made up of a variety of people from each community. The purpose of the advisory group is to understand and discuss issues and help develop options and alternatives to be shared with the larger community for feedback and refinement. The design phase is anticipated to be a yearlong process beginning October, 2012. The first Project Community Advisory Group meeting is targeted to be held during the second or third week of October.
I would like to formally request that each community group nominate a person to participate in the Project Community Advisory Group. An overview of the stages of the design phase and role of the Community Advisory Group is attached (Info Sheet 1). Individuals who are known within their community as being effective consensus builders will be valuable assets to the Community Advisory Group.
You may want to consider adding the nomination to your group’s September meeting agenda or the nomination may be something your group can do via email. You may also want to name an alternate in case the person nominated is unavailable at any time during the design phase. While participation in the project advisory group is not mandatory, broad community support for the project is important to its success. If I have not had the opportunity to meet you yet, I would be happy to meet with you prior to your next meeting date.
Please let me know by September 3rd if you will have the nomination on your next meeting agenda or if your group will conduct the nomination by email. I will need to know who has been nominated from your group by October 1st in order to make final preparations for the first advisory group meeting in October. For those of you who are meeting next week and the agenda is already set, please consider scheduling the nomination for your October meeting.
Thank you in advance; your time and effort is greatly appreciated. Please contact me should you have any questions or suggestions. I look forward to working with you on this exciting project!
Beth Robrahn, AICP|
List of Community Groups Requested to Participate
Business Improvement Districts & CDCs
Parking Districts & Parking Committees
Uptown Community Parking District
Bankers Hill Neighborhood Parking Committee
Hillcrest Parking Committee
Greater Mid-City Parking District
University Heights Community Parking District (UHCDC)
Old Town Parking District (Old Town San Diego Chamber of Commerce)
Town Councils, Community Associations & Residents Groups
Bankers Hill Park West Community Association
Bankers Hills Residents Group
Mission Hills Town Council
Hillcrest Town Council
North Park Community Association
University Heights Community Association
Western Slope Community Association
Downtown Residents Group
Other Community groups
Mission Hills Heritage
Walk San Diego
San Diego County Bicycle Coalition
Move San Diego
Greater North Park
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