Transportation Committee to discuss bike/ped recommendations at Thursday, October 12 meeting

Posted by Bruce Anderson, October 10th , 2006

The RENew Northfield Transportation Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 12 at 402 Washington St. The meeting will include discussion of actions to take to make Northfield more bicycle and pedestrian-friendly based on ideas suggested by bike/pedestrian planner Steve Clark of Transit for Livable Communities at his local presentations on October 5. The meeting is free and open to the public, and will be preceded by a social time with refreshments at 6:30. All are welcome–please spread the word!

RENew Northfield Transportation Committee meeting
Thursday, October 12 7:00 p.m. (join us for refreshments and socializing beginning at 6:30!)
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Momentum builds for bike/ped-friendly initiatives

Posted by Bruce Anderson, October 9th , 2006

Bicycle and pedestrian planner Steve Clark’s visit to Northfield for a full day of activities last Thursday increased momentum for making the Northfield area more bicycle and pedestrian-friendly.

Clark’s visit is documented fully in a northfield.org post by volunteer extraordinaire Bill Ostrem, “Touring Northfield with a bike and pedestrian expert.” Bill was the lead organizer for the event, and also provided the photos you see in this post.
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Critical Mass comes to Northfield

Posted by Bruce Anderson, September 26th , 2006

The first-ever “Critical Mass” bicycle happening took place in downtown Northfield at noon last Thursday, September 21, when about 25 cyclists rode en masse from 2nd and Division to the south end of downtown and back.

Critical Mass events have been happening since 1992 in San Francisco and many other cities (estimated at over 325 internationally), and are loosely organized demonstrations of the principle that non-motorized transportation is a legitimate alternative to driving a car, and that bicyclists belong on urban streets. The rallying cry of the movement, according to one local participant, St. Olaf senior Dan Borek, is “we aren’t blocking traffic, we ARE traffic!”

According to Wikipedia, “Critical Mass rides are self-organized, noncommercial and non-competitive, and they operate with diffused and informal decison-making, independent of ‘leaders’. They are often also unofficial, foregoing permits and official sanction from municipal authorities.”

Rumor has it that Northfield Critical Masses will begin at noon on the first and third Thursday of each month, proceeding from the intersection of 2nd and Division through downtown to the south, and back.

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Expert in bike-friendly community planning to visit October 5

Posted by Bruce Anderson, September 26th , 2006

In the next few months Northfield residents have a chance to be involved in many important decisions about how to make travel easier for bike riders and pedestrians. Plans for trails, paths, sidewalks, intersections and parking will be developed. The results will affect workers, shoppers, tourists, school children and those just taking a quick ride or walk for fun.

To help people get up to speed on the issues–and how other communities are addressing them–RENew Northfield is organizing a day-long visit on Oct. 5 by Steve Clark, the Walking and Bicycling Program manager at Transit for Livable Communities. Clark will make a presentation entitled “How Biking and Walking Will Renew the Northfield Area” at 7 p.m. at the Northfield High School auditorium. Earlier in the day he will lead a tour to conduct his own analysis of local bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. He’ll also speak with a wide variety of government and community leaders at Northfield City Hall.

Participants in the 7 p.m. community meeting also will get to view plans for the development of the Mill Towns Trail and a draft of the Greater Northfield Area Greenway Corridor System, which will be on display in the lobby.
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Autumnal Equinox Barrel Blast on September 23rd

Posted by Bruce Anderson, September 15th , 2006

Here’s a chance to get together for some good clean (OK, maybe it won’t be so clean) fun putting together rain barrels as a fund-raiser for RENew Northfield. As you no doubt recall, we had quite the event on Bridge Square this spring as part of Earth Jam 2006 with many volunteers turning out to unload a semi full of barrels and turn many of them into beautiful RENew Your Place on Earth Rain Barrels.

Beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 23rd, we will be assembling another large batch of barrels to fill orders resulting from the RENew Your Place on Earth Rain Barrel’s run at the State Fair’s Eco Experience. Volunteers are needed! Contact us if you’d like to be part of this fun event.

Barrels may still be ordered as well, at the discounted price of $135. If you haven’t yet added one (or several–I have three!) of these beauties to your yard to collect pure rainwater (excellent for watering house plants, shrubs, trees and gardens), this may be your last chance.

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