Cliff Drive Re-striping: An Advocacy Win for the Community!
Bike lanes! On August 4th, I turned the corner from Loma Alta Street onto Cliff
Drive and as I cycled up the first hill large arrows directed cars to merge into a
single traffic lane and I continued on in the newly marked bike lane. The Cliff
Drive re-striping project has added bike lanes between Megis and Loma Alta
Streets. Motorists seemed to have little trouble adjusting to the new lanes, there
were no traffic jams and cars seemed to be traveling at a more moderate rate
of speed. This project is a perfect example of smart forward thinking urban and
transportation planning that improves the road for everyone.
City Council gave its unanimous support for the project at its June 29th meeting
after over 45 speakers spoke in favor of the proposal. As Mayor Helene
Schneider commented after the vote, “This is an historic moment, the first time
this particular City Council has unanimously approved a transportation project.”
This win is a model for how the Bike Coalition can efficiently and effectively
marshal its resources to help get a project over the goal line. The Cliff Drive
proposal came from a passionate group of area neighbors lead by the dedicated
Mesa Architects. They wanted to turn Cliff Drive from a highway bisecting
their neighborhood into the Mesa’s “Main Street.” They lobbied politicians and
presented a plan that meet with the approval and support of city agencies and
departments. The Bike Coalition supported the project and turned out a large
number of Board members to the Council meeting. Everyone involved in moving
this project forward deserves a very special thanks for their hard work.
Take a ride on Cliff Dive and than take a minute to write a letter or send an email
thanking both the Mesa Architects and our City Council members.