Summary of Northfield parking management recommendations

See pages 2-3 of the August 13, 2013 Northfield City Council meeting minutes. It includes these 8 recommendations:

1. Increasing enforcement and maintaining markings of existing parking regulations: City Staff has already begun enforcing duration and location regulations and improving paint and signage of existing parking spaces.

2. Reducing parking time limits for some parking to create pick-up/drop-off spaces: City Council and Staff are ready to begin an “experiment” with15 minute pick-up/drop-off spaces and City Engineering, in consultation with the Police Department, has developed a map of 13 proposed locations.

3. Reviewing and upgrading directional and way-finding signs to public parking: City Staff has conducted an inventory from the entrances to the community to the public parking locations and identified signage enhancement opportunities, stressing consistency in internationally-recognized symbols.

4. Providing parking which “safely accommodate[s] users of all ages and abilities” (Northfield Complete Streets Policy); parking near popular destinations should reflect the abilities of those most likely to use it: City Staff is considering possible locations and specifications for this type of parking.

5. Supporting community-wide education initiatives as recommended by the 2008 Nonmotorized Transportation Task Force Report for sharing the “rules of the road” with all modes of transportation by collaborating with schools, local government, police, non-profits and for-profits utilizing multiple media and events.

6. Reducing speeds and/or improving design safety on key downtown corridors of Highway 3 and Division Street: The City will formally engage the State regarding the 3rd Street intersection of Highway 3. City Staff has begun exploring the 3rd Street and 6th Street intersections of Division Street.

7. Tailoring parking regulations and locations for different parking purposes including employees, short trips, and out-of-town visitors. Council adopts policy with input from stakeholders including the Chamber, the CVB, the EDA, the NDDC, and programmers.

8. Improving bicycle and pedestrian accommodation to help reduce demand for automobile parking in accordance with the Comprehensive Plan by (a) continuing to implement adopted policies including bike lanes, routes and trails (identified in the Parks, Open Space and Trail Plan), (b) integrating new projects such as the TIGER Trail at entrances to the downtown, and (c) reducing barriers to bicycle/pedestrian access and circulation downtown by broadly considering possible longer term or larger scale improvements.



More Downtown Parking Stakeholder Discussions Scheduled

art.jetson.hbThe NDDC-City of Northfield collaborative downtown parking discussion continues.  In coming weeks, additional important stakeholder groups will gather to share insights and ideas.

Next up is the downtown business owners’ stakeholder group.  On Tuesday, March 19th, 8:00 a.m., the downtown business owners will gather at the Archer House to discuss downtown parking.

This is obviously a very important stakeholder group.  We’re looking forward to hearing their observations and suggestions as part of the on-going downtown parking discussion.

Bicycle commuters’ meeting, Feb. 6 at the Goodbye Blue Monday

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Eight bicycle commuters met at the Goodbye Blue Monday on Wednesday morning to discuss Northfield bicycling issues directly or indirectly related to downtown parking. Ross Currier hosted the meeting and I was the designated photographer. It was the second of several stakeholder group meetings that will be held over the next few weeks. (See Ross’ Jan. 24 blog post, Planning for stakeholder input on downtown parking management.)

The group generated a list of items they they’d like to see discussed. Here’s Ross’ post-meeting translation:

  • Mark the Existing and Planned Routes
  • Paint the Center and Parking/Shoulder Lines
  • Focus on the “Priority” Routes
  • Improve Access to “Designated” Routes
  • Improve Connectivity Through the Neighborhoods
  • Improve Availability of “Route Literature”
  • Make Routes “Family-Friendly”
  • Spend Money on Center Line and “Shared” (Bike and Parking) Painting
  • Finish the Mill Towns Trail
  • Finish the Trail/Route Connections
  • Distribute Map of Bike Routes/Trails
  • Connect at the “Hub”/Connect at the “Spokes”
  • Create Events that Highlight Bike Opportunities
  • Create Bike Tour of Northfield Trails/Routes
  • Provide Reliable Bike Parking Throughout Community
  • Provide High Density Bike Parking at Key Locations
  • Visually Emphasize Bike-Friendliness
  • Make Bike Parking Extremely Convenient
  • Get Rid of the “No Biking” Graffiti/Signs
  • Recognize Danger of Diagonal Vehicle Parking
  • Pursue 15-20 mph Speed Limits in Downtown District
  • Install Seasonal High Density Bike Racks
  • Raise Visibility of Existing Bike Parking
  • Consider Bike Parking Opportunities in “Yellow Zones”
  • Pursue Private-Public Partnership for High Density Bike Parking
  • Create/Distribute Posters of Bike Infrastructure
  • Start a “Bike Northfield” Campaign
  • Connect with DJJD Bike Tour on Event
  • Plan TIGER Trail Dedication Event
  • Include Bike Shops as Part of Existing Infrastructure
  • Publicize Bike Repair Stations
  • Emphasize Multi-Modal Transportation Ecosystem
  • Use Seasonal Cross-Walk Signs

Bicycle commuters to meet, offer input

TheWe Can Bike To Work NDDC is going to meet with another stakeholder group, bicycle commuters, next week.

The meeting is Wednesday, February 6th, 8:00 a.m., at Goodbye Blue Monday.

All bicycle commuters are invited to join us.  It’s all about the challenges and opportunities of bicycle commuting to, from, and in downtown Northfield.

What could we, the community of Northfield, do to make your bicycle commuting experience better?

Please, join the conversation.

Building owners’ meeting, Jan. 28 at the Rueb

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About a dozen downtown building owners met at J. Grundy’s Rueb ‘n’ Stein on Monday evening to discuss downtown parking. Ross Currier hosted the meeting and I was the designated photographer. It was the first of several stakeholder group meetings that will be held over the next few weeks. (See Ross’ Jan. 24 blog post, Planning for stakeholder input on downtown parking management.)

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The group generated a list of items they they’d like to see discussed. If you can’t read Ross’ handwriting in the above photos, here’s Ross’ post-meeting translation:

  • Enforce Parking Limits
  • Better Accommodate Bicycles and Motorcycles
  • Change Striping (ex. “Save this Space for Our Customers”)
  • Add 20-Minute Parking Spaces
  • Hire Traffic Warden
  • Prioritize Enforcement with City/Community Leadership
  • Consider Remote Parking (ex. Q Block)
  • Encourage Employer Enforcement
  • Pursue Public-Private Partnerships (ex. Premier Bank)
  • Change Parallel to Diagonal (ex. Water Street)
  • Consider Installing Parking Meters
  • Launch Educational Program
  • Encourage Employee Parking in Residential Neighborhoods
  • Create Temporary Parking Lots (ex. The Crossing)
  • Install More “P” Signs
  • Review Locations of S-T and L-T Parking

Creating public awareness of the downtown parking management project

PublicityI’ve done a few things to start getting the word out about this project:

This week I’ll contact the City of Northfield to make sure that when the new website launches next week, they’ll have one or more links to this project site in place and use whatever other tools they have to help publicize it.  I also will find out what the City’s plans are for a City of Northfield Facebook page so that I can determine whether we’ll be able to engage with citizens there, too.

In the next week or so we’ll reach out to KYMN Radio and Northfield Patch to explore what they might be interested in doing about this project for their audiences.

If you have feedback on the publicity I’ve done thus far, or have suggestions on what more I could be doing, attach a comment or contact me.