At last week’s Monon Corridor meeting, a presenter mentioned the Meridian Kessler long range traffic calming plan. I was unfamiliar with it, so I checked it out on the internet the next day. I had no idea how ambitious it would be. Naturally, my favorite part of the plan is the raised intersections and improved crosswalks at the neighborhood nodes. These intersections are currently dangerous to cross on foot, and the presenter mentioned that there have been a few serious accidents recently in the area.
This plan will not be implemented soon, but it is good to know that the neighborhood is serious about improving its safety and accessibility. Traffic calming could help turn this neighborhood from being a cut-through between Broad Ripple and Downtown, and into even more of a destination in its own right.
Addendum: I’m a bit upset that the Bent Rail rezoning was denied yesterday due to noise and parking concerns. I do think that noise could have been an issue, but parking fears are once again rearing its ugly head in the city. This despite the fact that the project had space for both cars and 100 bikes, and that they had permission to use the Developer Town lot next door. In addition, many people, including myself, could have walked there. Instead of a vibrant and unique reuse, we are stuck with an empty and decaying building. Not a good precedent to set.