Friday, May 22, 2009

Making Franklin Safe for Pedestrians: Grass Roots Crossing Guard Event

Throughout Franklin Planning events, participants repeatedly pointed out how hard it can be to cross Franklin – especially during the evening rush hour. Our task forces suggested having volunteer crossing guards help raise pedestrian visibility on Franklin. On Bike Walk Day, Thursday May 14th, we organized grass roots crossing guards at three high traffic intersections on Franklin (24th, 25th and 26th Aves). We wore brightly colored vests and carried bright yellow flags to alert drivers of pedestrians who needed to cross the street. We also handed out flyers the summarized right of way laws.

Through our interactions with people walking on Franklin, we learned that most pedestrians do not know that they had the right of way at all intersections. Even if there isn’t a marked crosswalk, a pedestrian has a right to cross as long as approaching cars are far enough away to easily stop. Since most cars don’t obey this law, pedestrians are often trapped at intersections or even in the middle of the street as they wait for cross-traffic to stop. Many walkers were grateful to have the crossing guard escort them across the street, and expressed how it is too difficult and dangerous to cross at the unmarked intersections like 24th and 25th. Redesign hopes to organize more grass roots crossing events in the future again, to continue reminding pedestrians and cars of this issue.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Vision for Franklin Avenue Almost Final Draft!

[Updated--see bottom of post]
The Vision for Franklin Avenue is posted for review!! There is a short summary document with lots of nice images, plus a few additional files that go into more detail. I hope that you all get a chance to take a look. Here's the link:


1.1 Process
  • people
  • phases (summary)
1.2 Outcomes
  • core values
  • conceptual themes (summary)
  • bystrom vision (summary)
  • development principles (summary)
There are three upcoming opportunities to discuss the plan:
  • SNG Community Development Committee meeting next Tuesday (May 12th at 7pm, Matthews Park Center): the Franklin Vision will be one of four items on the agenda
  • Redesign Development Committee meeting: Tuesday, May 27th at 8:30am at our office (2619 E Franklin)
  • A larger community gathering to discuss the plan: (time and date TBD)
Also, if you have comments, you can send them to Emily Wergin at

The Seward Neighborhood Group Devleopment Committee approved the document at its May 12 meeting with only one change. The suggested maximum height of new development from 21st Avenue to 29th Avenue was reduced to three stories.