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I-70 Bridge for Hikers and Bikers

I-70 Bridge for Hikers and Bikers

Jack lattimore is requesting support for the use of an existing bridge to be used by pedestrians and cyclists to cross Security Blvd from new Red Station at I-70 P&R to the Gwynn Falls Trail. The attachment is a proposed letter to send to Delegate Shirley Nathan-Pulliam. There is a meeting that you can attend also.
Since the attachment did not come through on this message, I will paste it on the next message.
Ed Cahill

Jack Lattimore lattimore.jack@gmail.com
5:42 PM (3 hours ago)

to me
Thank you for your interest in our campaign. I hope you see fit to support our effort before our meeting next week with Del. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam. Please call me if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Jack

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jack Lattimore <lattimore.jack@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 3:34 PM
Subject: I-70 Bridge for Hikers & Bikers
To:


February 22, 2014

5408 W. North Ave.

Gwynn Oak, MD 21207



“It’s a No-Brainer!”



I am writing to you today as the chairperson of a group of local stakeholders from communities surrounding the I-70 Park & Ride location in west Baltimore City and County. As you may know, the I-70 Park & Ride is to be the site of a Baltimore Red Line transit station.
The members of our group have volunteered countless hours over many years on activities related to Red Line station design, Gwynns Falls Trail design and maintenance, the preservation of Leakin Park, environmental protection, and trail advocacy. We possess a solid understanding of the needs and interests of trail and park users and we have worked with the Red Line to create a transit station that best serves our community (*see member list on the back of this letter).

At this time we are petitioning the Red Line to develop what they have promised to our community from the beginning - a “direct” and “excellent” connection from the I-70 Red Line station to the Gwynns Falls Trail.

In order to get from the proposed Red Line station to the Gwynns Falls Trail users must cross Security Blvd., a busy state road (MD 122). From a variety of crossing options the list has come down to two:

1.    A new pathway proposed by the Red Line that all members of our group oppose for a variety of reasons but primarily because it would require an “at-grade” street crossing of Security Blvd. at a new and busy intersection, requiring trail users to compete with vehicle traffic to cross this state road.

2.    Our group is proposing the re-use of an existing bridge across Security Blvd. This bridge is scheduled for removal as part of the Red Line project. This bridge is in good condition and is capable of handling interstate vehicle traffic. It is surely capable of handling hikers and bicyclists. It represents the creative re-use of existing infrastructure, it will provide a “grade-separated” crossing of Security Blvd. (trail users will be physically separated from vehicle traffic), and best of all, it is the shortest and most direct route of the 2 proposals.

State Delegate Shirley Nathan-Pulliam has invited our group to Annapolis on March 5 to meet with her and representatives of the Red Line and the State Highway Administration to discuss the issue.

I have attached an “It’s a No-Brainer!” information packet to this email so that you can become more familiar with the issue. You can also access the “It’s a No-Brainer!” packet on:

Dropbox <https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/23144230/It's%20a%20No-Brainer!.pdf>

Google Drive <https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2cCoYVz6_s2UWR6bmtBUFNaRkU/edit?usp=sharing>

After reading the material we know that you, like the members of our group, will agree, “It’s a no-brainer!”

Once we have your support we ask that you sign our letter of support (2nd attachment) and email a copy to Delegate Shirley Nathan-Pulliam and me. Customize the letter if you choose. Our meeting with Del. Nathan-Pulliam is March 5, so please try to get your letter of support forwarded by THIS FRIDAY, February 28..

·         Delegate Shirley Nathan-Pulliam’s email: shirley.nathan.pulliam@house.state.md.us

·         My email: lattimore.jack@gmail.com

If you have any questions regarding this issue please call or email me. I would be happy to discuss it with you or even take you on a field trip. Once you see it, we’re sure you too will say, “It’s a no-brainer!”
Thank you,

Jack Lattimore

5408 W. North Ave.,

Gwynn Oak, MD 21207


*Members:

David Carroll, Trail Advocate; former Director of Baltimore County & State          of Maryland Environmental Departments

Joy Goodie, Bike Advocate; Mental Health Consultant

Heide Grundmann, Trail Advocate; Gwynns Falls Trail Council

Greg Hinchliffe, Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee;   East Coast Greenway; Gwynns Falls Trail Council

Ed Loomis, Trail Advocate; Red Line Station Area Advisory Committee

Bryan MacKay, Trail Advocate; Naturalist & Author

John McDonald, Trail Advocate; Gwynns Falls Trail Council; Professor,   Environmental Studies, University of Delaware

Thomas Merkle, Jr., Trail Advocate; Gwynns Falls Trail Council; Physician

Ed Orser, Trail Advocate, Gwynns Falls Trail Council; Member Red Line Station Area Advisory             Committee; Historian & Author, University of        Maryland Baltimore County

Jo Orser, Trail Advocate; President, Friends of Gwynns Falls Leakin Park

Kit Valentine, Trail Advocate; Patapsco Heritage Greenway; U.S. Army   Corps of Engineers (Ret.)

Chairperson:

Jack Lattimore, Trail Advocate; Red Line Station Area Advisory Committee


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Sample support letter_I-70 bridge connection.docx
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It's a No-Brainer!.pdf

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Re: I-70 Bridge for Hikers and Bikers

This is their form letter which can be modified to suite your preferences.
Ed Cahill

Honorable Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, District 10, Maryland House of Delegates

RE: I-70 bridge connection between the Gwynns Falls Trail and the I-70 Red Line transit

Station

Dear Delegate Nathan-Pulliam,

I [or group affiliation] have reviewed the material sent to me by Jack Lattimore, Chairperson

of the group of local stakeholders in your district who are working to have a section of the I-

70 bridge over Security Boulevard (MD 122) saved and transformed into a bicycle/pedestrian

bridge to connect the Gwynns Falls Trail to the proposed Red Line transit station at the I-70

Park & Ride.

Use of this existing bridge, as the local stakeholders are proposing, has many benefits over the

proposal suggested by the Red Line:

• Safety - It will provide a “grade-separated” crossing of Security Boulevard (MD 122).

Trail users and other neighborhood walkers and bicyclists will not have to compete with

vehicular traffic to cross Security Boulevard, a busy state road.

• Shortest, Most Direct Route - The bridge crossing is the shortest and most direct route

from the station to the trail.

• It’s Already There - It is a creative re-use of existing infrastructure and is likely to cost

less than the proposal suggested by the Red Line.

I [or group affiliation] ask that you urge the Red Line and the State Highway Administration to

give serious consideration to the proposal being put forth by this group of local stakeholders.

The Red Line proposal does not meet the test of safety or good trail design. It would

require trail users and others in the community to compete with vehicular traffic to cross Security

Boulevard at a newly designed intersection. When pressed by the group of local stakeholders

for a “grade-separated” crossing the response from the Red Line was that a new bike/ped

bridge could be constructed, costs to be borne by the community. Such a suggestion is simply

unrealistic.

The group of local stakeholders is composed of individuals who have a wealth of experience

regarding trail design and use, as well as backgrounds in government, large construction

projects, ecology, local history, health, and the natural world around us.

The proposal of the local stakeholders requires serious consideration. It is safer, cheaper, and

more appealing to trail users. As the local stakeholders say, “It’s a no-brainer!”

Thank you,

[Please sign, scan, and email to the addresses noted in the cover email.]

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