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State Street (From Union Station To Bradley Street) New Haven, Connecticut - Downtown
My bike commute from Upper State to the train station is a bit rough in the morning.
It's pretty nerve-wracking to ride next to cars that are exiting/entering I-91. I'm worried that without being as defensive a rider as possible, I'm continually at risk.
I would love to see a separated bike lane down this street easily connecting East Rock to Union Station. I know it's difficult because state DOT is a pain in the butt on these issues, but it would mean so much to me!!
I think it would also add the following (please excuse the 'rant' format!):
1) It would make less 'gung-ho' riders more open to ride this route and not drive long distances where a train were an option.
2) There's plenty of physical land with the median to maintain 4 lanes of traffic, plus add two full bike lanes.
3) Consolidating bike lanes together on the downtown side has the capability of creating a hospitable plaza area and thus make the businesses on that side of state more attractive to customers (plus more active street life = better place to bike/live/be).
4) I feel like the land on the train tracks side has so much more potential than surface parking.
I will try to add some images of what I'm thinking later.
How do I set this project in motion? Thanks!!
Orange St. At Bradley St. New Haven, CT - SOHUI was crossing Orange St. in a marked crosswalk with a "State Law Yield to Pedestrians" sign in the middle of the street. I was pushing my five month old son in his stroller. A man in a blue pickup truck started yelling obscenities then hit the gas and nearly ran us over - I had to run out of the crosswalk to avoid being hit. What good are crosswalks if they're blatantly ignored? Why haven't I ever seen police ticketing at a crosswalk? This is too much. I would happily give the police a description if I thought they were interested.
Temple St. At Wall St. New Haven, CT 06511, USA - DowntownThere is a cross walk to cross Temple Street, at the corner of Wall, and it is marked on the road with white lines! Business people and students (even a group of daycare children with their teachers) cross this very busy intersection all the time. Cars ignore the crosswalk and the pedestrians trying to cross. Cars speed down Temple (one way)to Elm St., and even when a walker is in the midst of crossing they ignore them! Can one of those "pedestrian walkway" signs on a stand be placed in the middle of the walkway please? Thanks for your assistance!
South Water Street New Haven, CT - City Point
Residents of the City Point neighborhood have noticed an increase in drug dealing and other illegal activity in our neighborhood. At least 3 calls have been made to police regarding this activity which has always involved one specific car. An alert resident finally was able to get the license plate of this particular car and called it into police. The person who answered at dispatch asked what the block watch number for our neighborhood is. The caller did not know. The dispatcher said that without that number, she could not send an officer out. She did NOT send an officer out.
This is concerning to me--and should be concerning to every New Haven resident. Can someone from the police department please clarify for me that officers will not be sent out--even if the activity is IN PROGRESS-- unless the caller has a block watch number? ( I'd also like clarification as to whether block watch numbers are even used to track calls and allocate officers anymore. I had been told that they were not. In fact, when I have called the police before to report a car break in, the dispatcher would NOT take the block watch number.) I think its important that residents AND dispatchers are made clear on these guidelines.
192-224 Orange St New Haven, CT - Town_Green
so many issues on see click fix involve the need for more enforcement of traffic laws, and more protection of pedestrians and cyclists.
the following things have happened to me in the past week (to help paint a picture of how many happen overall):
i was cursed out in the crosswalk in front of the police station for daring to cross legally, because i'm a "b*tch" who thinks i can "walk wherever i want"
i flipped over my handlebars after nearly being missed by a car running a red light, and then was nearly missed by the car speeding behind me. neither of the vehicles stopped to see if i was ok.
i was cursed at for riding in line with sharrows on state street because i should "get out of the way" and "stay on the #$% sidewalk"
a man and i, while crossing in a crosswalk, were violently honked at, despite crossing legally, and the fact that he was using a cane. when i challenged the driver honking, a stream of curse words came, and the driver behind him screamed "WELCOME TO NEW HAVEN, WE DON'T GIVE A @#$%"
while waiting at a red light going straight towards the train station, with my bike physically stopped ON A SHARROW, a man got out of his BMW to ask me why i wasn't all the way over to the right (even though that is a turn lane and i wasn't turning) and when i explained why, he started screaming that i'm "supposed to let all the cars pass" since i was "blocking all the traffic" (while stopped at a light legally, and after keeping up with the flow of traffic for my entire trip) (and, "let all the cars pass"? so i should wait at each intersection until not one car exists?)
with this level of aggression, it is a wonder we walk or bike at all.
our city needs to take more serious steps towards protecting the roads most vulnerable users.
165 Church Street New Haven, CT - Town_GreenFacebook has disabled the official City of New Haven page (facebook.com/cityofnewhaven) because it cannot distinguish between the geographic entity (New Haven, Connecticut) and the government entity (City of New Haven). While other city governments across the country have been allowed to maintain official City pages, the City of New Haven has been blocked. Admittedly late to the social media game, the City's official Facebook page had been steadily growing its audience and had attracted nearly 1,000 followers. Just yesterday, with the help of Alderman Doug Hausladen, a good conversation had started about the merits of the new parking meters. The City recognizes that not everyone has time to attend public hearings, Mayor's Night Out or Mayor's Night In. It is important to employ as many methods as possible to allow residents to communicate with their government. That includes traditional methods like knocking on doors and posting flyers, but that increasingly also includes tools like SeeClickFix, Facebook, Constant Contact and Twitter. By disabling the City of New Haven's Facebook page, Facebook is doing the residents of New Haven a disservice. Please ask Facebook to reinstate the City of New Haven Facebook page.
73 Elm St New Haven, CT 06510 - Town_Green
This is a dangerous traffic situation for pedestrians.
Pedestrians on the south side of Elm heading towards Church come into conflict with drivers exiting the garage, which do not come to a complete stop or look to the right before driving away.
A high ranking member of the City of New Haven staff was observed texting while driving (exiting the garage) here at approximately 7:35PM last night - happy to provide more details if wanted. He was completely oblivious to a pedestrian who was trying to establish eye contact in order to safely cross the curb cut.
A raised sidewalk, narrowed exit (using bumped-out curbs) and system of speed bumps, as well as improved signage, would help here.
Chapel St New Haven, CT 06511 - Mill RiverHow about the stretch on Chapel b/w East Street and James? This is a major entrance to Fair Haven and it looks like a war zone. Sidewalks are dangerous. Weeds are everywhere. The trees are dead. Graffiti. Garbage everywhere. This is a vital stretch that links downtown to Fair Haven and it screams "poverty" "danger" "crime" "neglect" - messages that New Haven needs to work against. Is there something creative that could be done in this stretch? For example, trees simply don't survive - probably b/c of the huge salt piles leaking residue into the soil. Maybe, artistic metal trees in different colors could be created by local artists and "planted" along a stretch with new sidewalks and new fencing.
88 Lyon St New Haven, CT 06511 - Wooster SquareLyon Street has parking on both sides of the street past Jefferson but only on one side here. If you allow parking on both sides of the street, it would reduce parking congestion, slow cars down (it is so wide, cars race down the street - especially LEAP vans) and would not obstruct fire trucks since the other half of the street has parking on both sides. The City recently addressed the downtown workers' cars who were adding to the congestion - Thanks! Now we need parking on both sides of the street, particularly while street sweeping on the one side of the street that allows parking as the whole street has nowhere to park.
Whitney Avenue New Haven, CT - Downtown
I watched a meter maid issue a ticket to a car that had just pulled into a space and fed the meter. When I pointed out their was still time on the meter their reply was "so there is"
Giving tickets even when paid is why no one comes here anymore. This has got to stop. Refused to give any ID info, but I know what they look like and will start video recording of these activities. You are warned.
South Frontage Road New Haven, Connecticut - Dwight
Cars on S. Frontage that go straight through the intersection consistently block the intersection during the all-phase pedestrian crossing during rush hour. This forces peds who want to cross S. Frontage to weave in-between cars, hoping that when the traffic on S. Frontage suddenly starts moving the cars in the intersection will not squash them. I have seen numerous close calls where the driver blocking the intersection/crosswalk starts to drive (during the ped crossing phase) headless of pedestrians trying to cross.
Can we get some traffic enforcement in this area? There is a usually a cop not 30 feet away who makes sure cars can safely exit the parking garage onto S. Frontage - where is the same concern about pedestrian safety?
928 Chapel Street New Haven, CT 06510, USA - Town_GreenChapel Street between college and temple is an utter embarrassment. How does the city expect any businesses to stay open when we don't allow our guests in this city to be able to park and walk to the curb in a safe manner. This is an outrage and the city needs to fix this. It has been almost 2 weeks since the last significant snow and this roads is an utter disappointment.