Long-term reader of this site may recall that I’m no fan of the suicide lanes that plague 7th Ave and 7th St. that cut through uptown and midtown Phoenix. In February I wrote a post outlining the reasons I oppose them. It contained the text of a letter to the editor I wrote to the Arizona Republic in June 2008.
At that time, Phoenix City Council deferred to the traffic engineers and north Phoenix residents and kept the suicide lanes in place. Recently however there has been redoubling of efforts to get rid of them.
On July 7th, 2010, the committee members of the Ad Hoc Task Force on Reverse Lanes were selected. The Ad Hoc Task Force on Reverse Lanes was created to work with city staff to review all available studies conducted on the reverse/suicide lane issue, consider new alternatives, and make recommendations to City Council by December 31, 2010. Teresa Stickler, owner of Melrose Pharmacy on 7th Ave, was selected to serve as Chairperson.
There will be three town-hall meetings where the public can discuss their opinions on the reverse lanes.
The times and locations for the meetings are:
Tuesday, September 28, 6:00 PM
Memorial Hall at Steele Indian School Park
300 East Indian School Road
Wednesday, October 6, 6:00 PM
Sunnyslope Community Center Multipurpose Room
802 East Vogel
Thursday, October 7, 6:00 PM
Lookout Mountain Elementary School Cafeteria
15 West Coral Gables Drive
For further information, please call Jennifer Emerson, Management Assistant, City Manager’s Office, at 602-262-7684.
It is important that residents come to the town-hall meetings to give their opinions. All of the committee members need to know the opinions of the people affected by the reverse lanes. The committee members will hear input from people who use the reverse lane for commuting as well as people who live near the lanes.
This is the last chance for public opinion. if you can’t make any of these session, but would still like your voice heard, please contact your City Councilor. Be sure to cc district 4 Councilor Tom Simplot. His district covers the ares most affected by the reversible lanes, including the Melrose Curve between Indian School and Camelback Rd. If you happen to live in District 6 (Sal DiCiccio) or District 3 (Bill Gates), where the reversible lanes are also present, your support would also be appreciated.
In addition to the public hearings, the City has prepared a survey for residents to complete. Regardless if you can or can’t make one (or more) of the hearings, please complete this short survey. Your feedback is very important to help the City make an informed decision on this issue. The survey can be accesses by clicking HERE. Note that it can only be taken once per computer.