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148-160 Cold Spring Street New Haven, Connecticut - East Rock
The intersection at Everit & Cold Spring Streets is a dangerous one. The cars rarely stop for the stop sign- braking only when oncoming traffic decides to go. This pattern makes it an outrageously dangerous situation for our kids walking to school. In addition, the one safety precaution in place-- the crossing guard posted at that spot-- is frequently late and generally leaves even before school starts, so the kids who are running late (and not necessarily paying attention to traffic) are left to fend for themselves. Today, the crossing guard did not show up at all. The question is not IF a child will be hit by a car, but WHEN if this continues.
The issue has three parts: 1. What times are the crossing guards SUPPOSED to be present at their stations? 2. How do we ensure the crossing guard is there during the designated times? 3. What can the police do to make it a reasonably safe place for pedestrians to cross? Please help now.
140 Nash Street New Haven, CT 06511, USA - East Rock
Property at 140 Nash Street is a hazard, the interior seems to be filled with trash (floor to ceiling in some windows observed at night). It should be investigated for unsafe living conditions.
Also an abandoned unregistered vehicle filled with garbage is parked in the front yard.
This house is not safe for its occupants and is a blight on the whole neighborhood and city.
249 Humphrey St New Haven, CT - Bishop-Hine
I ride this route often and feel that a bike route from Clinton Avenue, across Lombard and Humphrey to Orange, continues to be sorely needed.
I feel that this issue should remain open until a route that all persons -- age 8 to 80 -- feel comfortable riding their bikes on. Although sharrows are a minor improvement over nothing, adding sharrows to the road simply does not do that.
65 people previously voted on this issue: "Bike lane needed from Clinton Avenue to Orange Street," but that issue is being closed because sharrows have been installed. http://www.seeclickfix.com/issues/8658-bike-lane-needed-from-clinton-avenue-to-orange-street
Sharrows are ineffective at increasing cycling rates unless speeds are reduced to 20MPH.
Portland, OR, and New York City, NY, are currently doing this along hundreds of miles of their residential streets.
Studies show that very few people will feel comfortable bicycling on roads unless speeds are strictly capped at 20MPH -- no matter what kind of paint you have on the road.
Achieving these average speeds along bike routes can be done through various traffic calming and traffic engineering methods. Berkeley has pioneered this decades ago this with its "bicycle boulevards," and many cities have since followed.
It is best to call them "slow streets", since they have a tremendous benefit for pedestrians and property owners as well.
The sharrows here should be replaced with street engineering that meets the standards of the NACTO -- whether bike lanes, buffered bike lanes, traffic calmed boulevards, or some other feature: http://nacto.org/cities-for-cycling/design-guide/ .
1010 State new haven, CT - East Rock
I cannot believe that the parks department cleaned out all the planting that we had designed 40 years ago. Mature rose of sharon bushes. Do they not know that this was a well designed landscape. We looked after this parking lot for the first 20 years without any help from the city. Now that they are cleaning it but do not know what they are doing. Bob Frew
603 Orange St New Haven, CT 06511, USA - Bishop-Hine
Parallel parking cars come inches from hitting locked bicycles here daily! The rack requires bicycles I be positioned perpendicular to street & sidewalk. This results in wheels that protrude to edge of street, and occasionally obstruct sidewalk.
Willow And Anderson St. New Haven, CT - East Rock
There are probably about a hundred of these plastic signs in the middle of the road, indicating to traffic that the law says they must yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk. Now that's a real improvement from a few years ago, when they didn't exist. But #nhvisbetter and everything else... Why not improve on this design?
Stereomedia.Org would like to challenge MakeHaven to create a design that is an improvement to this. The terms of this assignment as as follows:
> It might incorporate the existing plastic items
> It might include electronics (sensors especially)
> It should be durable to withstand the elements
> It should be cheap to manufacture
> It must be seen as an improvement to the original design
In the event that the design is successful, there are tons of towns and municipalities of all shapes and sizes which might be interested in trying out this type of civic improvement in their downtown sidewalks. If the design succeeds and these organizations become interested in implementing this design, maybe it will keep #nhv on the map for cool inventions, and would be a great way to connect two great organizations (SeeClickFix and MakeHaven).
Good Luck! Nhv.Org will be reporting on the success of this project in high-definition 720p.
170 Whitney Ave Corner Sachem St New Haven, CT - Yale University Campus
At the Peabody Museum, there is wheelchair parking near the corners of Sachem and Whitney. The closest curb cuts are on both sides of the street - right where traffic is turning - which is very dangerous!!..the next closest is halfway up Sachem St - across from Hillhouse Ave. It is the walkway across Sachem St. In order to park your car there to pick up the wheelchair person, you're parking in the driving lane. Recently we were holding up both the city bus and a school bus. It would be good if a city official sat in a wheelchair to see how difficult it is to come down the ramp from the Peabody to try to get to a safe place to get into a car. A solution might be to have long curb cuts along each of the designated wheelchair parking spots. And, or, a curb cut at a safer place along Sachem St. The current cut across from Hillhouse Ave is really the walking line across Sachem. That part of the street also has a center post to say you must stop for pedestrians so cars can't get by if a car picking up a passenger. Thank you for investigating.
1-9 Pearl Street New Haven, Connecticut - SOHU
People constantly park in the no-parking zones on State Street in front of Pan's Liquors, H&R Block, and the Sunrise Deli (which never seems to be open), blocking the already difficult view of oncoming traffic. In order to see around vehicles parked in those spots, we have to pull farther out into the street, putting ourselves in danger of actually being hit by someone. Since people already drive much more quickly on State than they should, this is an especially dangerous situation. Can something please be done about this? Can the city parking people patrol this area more, ticket, and have towed any vehicles that are parked in those areas designated as no parking zones?
Edwards Street New Haven, CT - Bishop-Hine
"Special Permit Required for..." THESE PARKING SIGNS ON EDWARDS STREET MISLED ME. They do not look like at all like the other signs I find throughout the city when I am looking for a parking space. The coloring is different... The word "parking" is down at the end of the instructions... I dismissed it after glancing and reading the first several words. If I had known that was a parking sign I would have obeyed it. I always obey parking signs; why not? The cost of it is easily avoided. The design of this sign misdirected my attention. I was looking for parking on snow plowed streets in an area that I was not used to, in order to attend a funeral at the First Baptist Church of New Haven. Let's be fair to law-abiding citizens and make the special permit signs with a similar appearance to other parking signs that are posted throughout the city. It would be especially helpful if the signage started with the word "PARKING" or "NO PARKING." For instance: "Parking by Special Permit Only..." I imagine the Parking Desk receives payment from more tickets on this street than any other comparable street that does NOT have the misdirecting signs. This is probably due to many people making the same innocent mistake as I just made. I suggest these signs be changed in order to respect those citizens who try to do their best. Make it clear form first glance that this is a parking sign. Thank you. I appreciate your time.
389 Humphrey St New Haven, CT 06511 - Bishop-Hine
There is a particularly bad, deep pothole in the bicycle lane. It is located at the beginning of the Humphrey Street lane, near the intersection with Orange. According to the city's Bike Plan, Public Works has an obligation to keep designated cycling routes smooth and free of debris.
878 Orange St New Haven, CT 06511 - East Rock
The entrance to College Woods, from the corner of Orange @ Cold Spring, is a mess. The "architect" who designed this eyesore of asphalt, concrete pavers and interlocking retaining block wall and specified dyed red mulch, as well as the contractor, who did the shoddy installation should be fined and forced to do public service to make up for the mess they made at the park entrance.
153-163 Whitney Avenue Yale University, New Haven, CT 06511, USA - Yale University Campus
Somebody posted a brand new "bike route: share the road sign" with black letters on a white background in front of Evans Hall. I suppose I appreciate the sentiment, but at the same time I feel a little insulted.
A. The sign design and wording is totally made up and not consistent with any design manual I have ever seen. There are plenty of better, more meaningful bike signs to choose from in the federal Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices.
B. In my opinion, only the following bike signs shall be posted in New Haven, no others: Bike Route wayfinding signs with destinations, distance, and travel time (white letters on green background); Greenway signs (customizable—branded for each greenway. New York uses circular and oval green signs with a custom design), Bike Lane signs (for use with bike lanes. White letters on black background); Bicycle May Use Full Lane signs (the sign equivalent to the Shared Lane Marking. For use where lanes are less than 13' in width, which is pretty much anywhere in New Haven. Black letters on white background.); and last, but not least, Bicycle Parking signs with arrows pointing to the bicycle parking, which should be required at any building entrance whence the bicycle parking is not visible (Evans Hall could really use these signs).
C. Better yet, why not put in some ACTUAL BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE?
Here's to hoping I never see another meaningless "share the road" sign posted in this town.