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Bicycles: Commuting Here and Abroad (Virginia Festival of the Book)

(From Scott Paisley)

Hi All,

This coming Wednesday evening at 6pm the Virginia Festival of the Book presents Ralph Buehler, author of City Cycling and academic research papers such as “Making Cycling Irresistible.”  Ruth Stornetta of Bike Charlottesville and myself will be on the panel.

This is especially pertinent with the rapidly developing plans to re-design West Main Street and to design the new Belmont bridge, not to mention the city’s Strategic Investment Area of ‘south downtown’ and the city’s small area plans. The city has re-committed this year to the Complete Streets principles (you can find a link to this document on the city’s webpage or at www.cvilletomorrow.org), but how do we help insure that all of this community input and planning leads to real on the ground improvements for all members of the transportation mix?

I’m inviting people to the Festival of the Book to hear Ralph and moderator Suzanne Morse, and then to meet afterward to discuss how we can best work with the city to ensure the best results for these critical pieces of Charlottesville’s transportation mix.  Amanda Poncy and Jim Tolbert have arranged that we can have use of the City Council Chamber (site of the Ralph Buehler book event) until 10pm.  This is a great opportunity to hear/voice your concerns and hopes and to hear more about the ideas being presented and the timing of decisions/deadlines for input.  I would like to focus on West Main as this is the project on the fastest development track.  Hope to see you there!

Thanks! Scott Paisley

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