Monday, September 29, 2014

WEEK AHEAD: Bicycle boulevards meetings; Warren Facebook chat; march remembers Latasha Shaw

Posted By on Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 9:35 AM

At 4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 1, the City of Rochester will hold two “pop-up meetings” to discuss preliminary recommendations in the city’s bicycle boulevards plan.

The meetings will be held at two locations, both along potential routes. One site is the 19th Ward’s Aberdeen Square Park, 330 Post Avenue; the other is the Averill Avenue entrance to Genesee Gateway Park, in the South Wedge.

Bicycle boulevards are established routes that take cyclists to key destination points; a vital feature is that they try to avoid roads that are busy or not accommodating to cyclists. The routes are typically identified by signs, and the streets often have bicycle markings or traffic calming measures.

The city is trying out two potential bike boulevards in the 19th Ward and the South Wedge, and has installed temporary signage and markings. 

The 19th Ward route (map) runs along Ravenwood Avenue at Genesee Park Boulevard to Frost Avenue at Rugby Avenue. The South Wedge route (map) starts at the Genesee Riverway Trail at Averill Avenue, continues along Averill to Pearl Street, along Pearl to Meigs Street, and ends at Meigs and Monroe Avenue. BY JEREMY MOULE 

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren will discuss civic innovation and urban growth in a Facebook chat on Monday, September 29. 

The chat will begin at 8 p.m. on the Aspen Institute's Facebook page. This discussion is part of the CityLab summit, sponsored by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic.

Seven years after the murder of Latasha Shaw, a peace march will be held in her memory. Shaw was attacked by a mob and stabbed to death. No one was ever convicted of the crime. Shaw’s murder and the murder of community organizer Jimmie Slater shortly afterward promoted former Rochester mayor Bob Duffy to initiate the controversial police crackdown known as Zero Tolerance.

Peace on the Street begins at 5:30 p.m. today at the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, 740 Driving Park. At 6:15 p.m., the group will march to the corner of Dewey Avenue and Driving Park, where Shaw died.

The march is sponsored by the Rochester chapter of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists; 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East; SEIU Local 200 United; and family and friends of Latasha Shaw. BY CHRISTINE CARRIE FIEN 


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