from Sylvia Berman, Mitman NA President
Wednesday, the Mitman Board held its monthly meeting. We invited both Thunderbird and Sewell associations. Deb Thompson, VP of Thunderbird, attended. Julie Davey, President of Sewell, attended. This was a very special event since one of our goals is to create a coalition with our neighboring associations. Most of our Mitman Board of Officers have bonded and developed a great working relationship. There was great camaraderie between Mitman, Thunderbird and Sewell. Hopefully we will be able to work together going forward.
One of the issues under discussion is speed bumps at Rosewood & McKinley. There have been several reports of frightening incidents between speeding motorists traveling north & south … and bicycle riders. Also, walkers have been frightened. People walking their pets after dark, are also uncomfortable. There is an expectation that the Bicycle Blvd is a safer space to walk & bike. This is not true as long as speeders are using our neighborhood as a shortcut.
Mitman sent letters to each of the four residents at that intersection because their permission is required to apply for speed bumps. Hopefully, they will agree that this is a necessary addition. We would also appreciate emails from the rest of our neighborhood in support of the speed bumps. Mitman still has to raise $500 for each bump … but we will be on a wait list for at least a year so perhaps we can come up with some fundraising possibilities.
So far, one of the residents in that intersection has objected to speed bumps. I don’t know if there is an alternative that would enhance safety. Mitman NA would appreciate suggestions.
I want to remind everyone that we have a website. Harold has put a great deal of effort into resurrecting it. He has placed all the Neighborhood Updates there. It is still a work in progress. Please feel free to let us know how we can add value.
Several residents have asked about the status of the Road Diet (resurfacing 5th Street and changing from four lanes to two lanes and a center left turn lane with more space for bicycles and walkers). I contacted Ward 6 and they said construction on the street is supposed to start the summer of 2024.
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