Lengthen the light cycle for Burgess Road/Linda Lane turning onto East Market Street. It's lightning fast, barely allowing a few cars to make it through and then it gets backed up quickly. Imagine how much worse this will be with the return of college students.
When I was young, I rode my bike to elementary and middle school almost every day. The bike racks for both schools were in the front of the school and were widely used by the students. The location made it easy for students to park their bikes and enter the school safely and quickly.
Currently, the bike racks at Keister Elementary School are at the rear of the building. This location not only hides the bike racks so that less students and parents know about them, but also requires those kids who ride their bikes to park their bike at the back of the building and then walk around a long way to the front of the school to enter the school via the front entrance (kids can enter from the rear of the building, but it is not how most kids enter the school nor do most kids even know they can do that). Neither of these situations encourages riding bikes to school.
I would like to see the bike racks relocated to the front of the school, perhaps at the corner near the outside picnic tables facing Maryland Ave, so that the bike racks are more noticeable and so kids could more easily ride their bikes to school and enter and exit the school via the front entrance. Moving the bike racks to that location would likely require adding a small amount of additional sidewalks or bike paths so that kids could easily and safely ride their bikes to and from Central Ave. or Maryland Ave. to the bike racks. The school would also likely want to institute a "dismount" zone from the Maryland Ave. corner of the school to the front of the school as it is very busy during drop off and pick up time.
Harrisonburg should invest in the IoT era. Technology is advancing and so is the world with it. Harrisonburg would greatly benefit from free wifi in a expanded area of Harrisonburg. The city should be "updated" by becoming a "Smart City". Sensors should be placed where data can be collected and used to improve the city. From wzter pipes to public parks and even the streets. Busstops should be outfitted with screens that displays the information from the Internet. Buildings should aslo be covered with appealing solar panels to power many things throughout the city for free that visitors and residents of Harrisonburg could use. Like maybe a info booth placed throughout hburg that helps displays info about Harrisonburg.
It would be helpful if at each bus stop, you post the route for each bus that stops at that location. Combined with information from online applications riders could select the buses that would work for them and they could also find out when the next bus will arrive.
Why is this not in our down town yet?
Prescreen, limit to 1 per police car, per week to begin. Allow Harrisonburg citizens to ride along on patrols with officers. You now refer to your "a cup with a cop" as community policing. This could be an addition to that ongoing --and obviously successful-- outreach effort.
I would like to see a "No Right Turn on Red" sign installed where the I-81S exit (exit 245) intersects with Port Republic Road. I am a runner and have been struck by a vehicle turning right on red while legally crossing with the crosswalk sign. My spouse was also rear-ended at the same intersection by a motorist seeking to turn right on red and not paying attention to our car in front of him. I hear similar reports from other residents.
When the new City Hall is built, what should happen to the Municipal Building? It's one of the most important historic buildings in town and is centrally located. How could it become a focus for the community? We need public spaces for events downtown. Some have suggested a "Harrisonburg Museum." A public private partnership? Heritage tourism? How could we create a place that honors our past and helps to shape our future?
Particularly the 600 block of Myrtle St. and on Sterling Street for a safe route to school for children
The City is currently planning the construction of a multi-million dollar middle school to accommodate the growing number of student in our school system. I believe that the City should take a long-term view of the cost and usefulness of this building, and as such should strive to make it LEED certified (or equivalent) and a Net Zero Energy Building, meaning that it produces as much energy each year (on average) as it uses. Doing so would decrease the long-term costs to taxpayers, insulate the City from future increases in energy prices, promote sustainability, and enhance our children's educational experiences by creating a modern, forwarding looking building that incorporates scientifically and technologically sound building practices. Depending on the financing mechanism chosen, a LEED/Net Zero building need cost very little or no more initially than a conventional building, though I would encourage the City to focus more on long-term costs than simply the bottom dollar up front. If we as taxpayers have to invest a few extra dollars now in order to save many more dollars for years (decades) to come, isn't that the best choice?
The architects have been selected, but the school design has not yet been set. The firm chosen has experience in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and LEED, including with K-12 schools. Please join me in asking our School Board, City Council, and other city leaders to make the new middle school LEED/Net Zero. It is the best choice for our city, our children, and our future prosperity.
For more thoughts about why a Net Zero middle school would be a good idea, see this blog entry by a local architect with expertise in this area: http://harrisonburgarchitect.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/why-build-a-zeb-middle-school-in-harrisonburg/