Read aloud circle time for kids. Could even take kid volunteers and have them read aloud to other children.
A group where you can meet with other writers/mentors and share your writing and critique it.
Recognition of the surroundings needs to be part of decision-making on projects, and the scale and look of all projects need to reflect the urban environment. An example is the new Highway 138 project where signs are essentially freeway signs, yet located in a downtown urban area. They do work to direct traffic perhaps, but are probably overkill, and make the street look like it could be a freeway. Even if they work to direct traffic, other attractive wayfinding signs could be used.
On the same project, the new “railing” between the sidewalk and the grassy hillside on the east side of the Washington Ave. Bridge is actually a highway or freeway guard rail, large wooden posts, and metal guard rail. Not the type of thing one sees on an urban street. What was needed was a railing to prevent pedestrians from falling down the bank, not a guard rail to keep motor vehicles from crashing through.
If we truly want downtown to flourish, we need to realize that every time money is spent on new, enlarged, or otherwise improved projects elsewhere, this is counterproductive to making downtown successful. Spending large sums of money to keep traffic moving traffic efficiently in the newer areas of town draws locals and visitors from downtown, including south Roseburg. Those who own property and have invested in downtown and to the south need to be respected and their investments protected and further encouraged.
Submitted on Behalf of Dick Dolgonas
1) Drivers need education about laws and courtesies regarding driving around bikes and pedestrians; riders need education about laws which apply to them.
2) Washington Ave/Harvard Ave, from Stephens to end, especially bridge over So. Umpqua, NB entrance to I-5 from WB Harvard (for bicyclists and walkers), NB entrance to I-5 from EB Harvard (for walkers) and all of Harvard (bike lane east of I-5 where the street bends has traffic encroaching into the already narrow bike lanes; Harvard east of Umpqua Street has no bike lane and many driveways).
3) Downtown sharrows are in the wrong place.
4) NE Stephens from Diamond Lake to Garden Valley where there are no bike lanes, and from Garden Valley where they are narrow.
5) NE Stephens at “S” curve at creek the bike lane is regularly full of debris, and the NB side has uneven pavement.
6) NE Stephens at the “S” curve at the creek has a very narrow bike lane/shoulder northbound at the curve on the bridge heading NB.
7) Bike lane needed on NE Stephens from Garden Valley south to Diamond Lake.
8) Bridge over No. Umpqua needs bike lane (route to Umpqua Comm. College).
9) Bike lane needed on Garden Valley, Stephens to west side of I-5.
10) Garden Valley bike lanes offer no protection from the many turning vehicles.
11) Stewart Parkway at Harvey, curb return extends into bike lane.
12) Steward Parkway SB between Newton Creek Bridge and curves, pavement is coming apart.
13) Stewart Parkway SB bike lane at curves is usually full of debris.
14) Stewart Parkway has no sidewalks from bridge over So. Umpqua at Stewart Park to 5 lane section, almost to GV.
15) MUP from downtown to train in Stewart Park is too narrow, has poor patches where pipes have apparently been installed to cross the path (adjacent to Gaddis Park), and generally needs new pavement.
16) MUP from downtown to train in Stewart Park often is not kept free of debri, dirt, etc.
17) Douglas Ave, particularly uphill from Courthouse, needs bike lane(s).
18) Diamond Lake Boulevard has no bike lanes, and in places extremely constricted sidewalks, and in other areas, sidewalks in need of repair.
19) None of the bike lanes are protected.
20) Many of the bike lanes are substandard in width.
21) Many traffic signals don’t recognize bikes.
22) Bike lanes adjacent to streets with 35 or 40 mph speed limits are not comfortable for many.
23) Sidewalks are often not pleasant to use when there is nearby speeding traffic.
24) Winchester has inadequate bike lanes and broken and obstructed sidewalks.
25) Streets which are primarily residential are posted for movement of traffic, such as Winchester and Douglas east of the hill.
26) Emphasis & funding seems to be placed on projects (new or expanded streets) not maintenance. County roads within the UGB don’t receive any urban-type maintenance (especially NE Stephens from City Limits north).
27) Many sidewalks do not connect with destinations or require walking through landscaping or through parking lot without a place to walk.
28) MUP ends on Garden Valley at sidewalk, leaving cyclists temped to ride on sidewalk rather than push crossing button to get to WB Garden Valley at signal at SB I-5 exit (conflict with exiting traffic).
29) Leaving Roseburg High School turning east has riders crossing NB traffic exiting I-5.
30) Merger at NB Winchester and NE Stephens.
31) Harvard by Fir Grove School has many people running that traffic signal.
SE Main has no bike lanes and limited, inadequate or nonexistant sidewalks.
Speeds of 35 mph and above are not conducive to riding or walking unless there is physical separation and attractive features.
Site distance at many intersections and driveways is poor.
Harvard Avenue- please add crosswalk between Grocery Outlet and School. Pedestrians cross in middle of traffic often in front of Shell Gas station.
Lookinglass Road (near 3490 address) No shoulder for bike/peds. Add street lights. Too many accidents on that road.
Keasey Street- add crosswalk by Colony Market.
Diamond Lake Blvd.- Add crosswalk between Library and Rifle Range Rd.
Douglas Avenue- Decrease speed limit. Add Deer Crossing signs, add Children at Play Signs. Speed too high for residential area near playground and apartment complexes, homes.
Mulholland Rd. Left turn to Garden Valley- Add Left Turn Yield to Oncoming Traffic sign at traffic light.
Stephens Street- Crosswalk in front of Log Cabin not well marked. A child was hit recently while in the crosswalk. Please add flashing lights or more markers/indicators.
My co-worker mentioned that HWY 99 is often an area of injury for BIKE/PEDs. Not sure if out of city limits.
Submitted on behalf of Dick Dolgonas
I heard something on the radio a while back that was interesting. It was a story about Carmel, Indiana, which is renowned for its roundabouts. Not to be confused with rotaries, it seems that roundabouts are more popular. Carmel used them first in new construction. Citizens liked them so well that older intersections were later redone.
The main bottleneck I've experienced is turning form Stewart Pkwy onto Edenbower by the USFS building during high traffic times. And of course, Garden Valley at Stewart Pkwy. Perhaps roundabouts would work in those places. This radio story referred to federal "congestion mitigation funds" that were available to Carmel. https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-01-05/welcome-carmel-indiana-roundabout-city-usa
Here's the link to the story and a graphic. I'm not sure if roundabouts would help here, but they are good to know about. Consider and share as you see fit.
Thanks, Jenny Carloni