WGNA Position on the Lincoln Avenue Road Diet

As previously noted, the Department of Transportation has requested that WGNA submit a position (pro, con, neutral) on the Lincoln Avenue Road Diet project following a three-month trial period.

Last week, our board of directors voted 9-0-1 (1 abstention) to support the road diet, based on eight months of community and member feedback, an historically robust study of traffic data by city staff, and various surveys and petitions circulated online and elsewhere.

Please click here to read our full position letter, which was submitted to the Department of Transportation today. Any questions, comments, or concerns should be sent via email to [email protected].

For a little reference, you can also read this position paper from 2011 supporting a lane reduction and other traffic calming measures on Lincoln Avenue as part of the Envision San José 2040 General Plan Update. This letter was signed by a committee of Willow Glen neighborhood leaders, many of whom continue to advocate for expanded safety on Lincoln.

We look forward to seeing how this project develops, and we will keep you informed of further opportunities for you to make your voice heard.

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Road work on Lincoln?

Wondering about the road work on Lincoln Avenue? The City's Department of Transportation has informed us that Phase I of scheduled pavement repair and preparation work has begun on Lincoln, from Lonus to Nevada.

According to DOT Director Jim Ortbal:

This is a standard preparation phase of a pavement sealing project, whereby the City’s contractor will be removing damaged sections of pavement/roadway base and replacing it with new asphalt/concrete to ensure the underlying road structure is sound prior to a final sealing treatment. All current roadway striping that may be impacted would be temporarily restored in the current configuration to ensure safety and visibility.

The work began on the evening of July 8th and was meant to be finished by July 9th, but the work has been extended due to equipment damage on Wednesday night and weather conditions on Thursday night.

The work will continue in the evening on Sunday (July 12th) and Monday (July 13th) to avoid any weekend night impacts. The contractor has indicated their confidence in completing the work by/through Monday night.

If you have any specific questions about this work, please contact John Burchfiel, Principal Construction Inspector with the Department of Transportation at (408) 794-1967

FYI: According to the DOT, all businesses and residents fronting Lincoln Ave within the limits of the project received a hand delivered notice from the contractor informing them of the work to be performed.

And as we've noted previously, the full pavement sealing treatment is still scheduled to occur in October.

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WGBA votes down the road diet

By now, you may have heard that the Willow Glen Business Association has formally recommended that the Department of Transportation end the road diet trial and restore Lincoln Avenue to four lanes. The DOT has stipulated that opposition to the road diet from either WGBA or WGNA would cause them to not recommend to the City Council that it be made permanent.

For our part, the WGNA Board of Directors has spent the past few months considering online and offline feedback from residents, parents, drivers, bikers, and pedestrians, in addition to hundreds of comments received at three road diet community meetings, our own annual meeting, and through the Road Diet Working Group. We have yet to issue a formal recommendation, and since road diet feedback has been nearly evenly split, we may not take a position at all.

Regardless of either organization's decision, this matter may still appear before the City Council in the September/October time frame (check here for council meeting dates and agendas: http://sanjoseca.gov/index.aspx?NID=3549). They have the final word on whether to make the road diet permanent. We will continue to keep you apprised of opportunities for making your voices heard.

Thank you for engaging with us on this important issue for our community.

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WGNA Road Diet Survey Results

To collect additional feedback from the public on the Lincoln Avenue Road Diet, WGNA conducted a survey via Survey Monkey — a reputable online survey company — from June 2 through June 15 (14 days total). This survey collected over 1,100 responses. You can review the results in this PowerPoint presentation.

With regards to the final and most significant question from the survey, please see as follows:

Question: OVERALL, do you believe the Road Diet Trial has improved Lincoln Avenue and should become permanent?

Respondents: 1,131

  • Strongly Agree - 452 - 39.96%
  • Agree - 118 - 10.43%
  • No Opinion - 51 - 4.51%
  • Disagree - 114 - 10.08% 
  • Strongly Disagree - 396 - 35.01%

These results are not scientific and are only intended to gauge the overall pulse of the community on this issue.*

We plan to share the results from this survey at the next Road Diet Community Meeting, scheduled for this Thursday, June 18th, at 6:30pm in the Willow Glen High School Cafeteria (2001 Cottle Avenue). We hope to see you then and there.

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Take our road diet survey

DOT ReportAs you may know, the WGNA board has been asked by the Department of Transportation to provide them with a recommendation on the road diet trial that has been in place on Lincoln Avenue since the beginning of March. The DOT will take that into account when making their recommendation to the City Council on whether or not the road diet should be made permanent.

Earlier this week, WGNA Board President Chris Roth sent a letter to the DOT and Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio pointing out Article II, Section 2 of our bylaws, which states that: "WGNA represents all members and does not endorse candidates for political office, political parties, or divisive issues." Because our board may find the road diet to be a divisive issue, we wanted to make the city aware that WGNA may not be able to take a position.

As stated in Chris' letter, our decision will be informed by a review of the DOT's traffic analysis report as well as the results of the community survey we just launched (see below). Additionally, we will be listening to everyone's comments during the next Road Diet Trial Community Meeting on Thursday, June 18th, at 6:30pm in the Willow Glen High School Cafeteria. We encourage you to attend and make your voice heard.

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Annual Meeting (Preliminary) Report

The official minutes from our annual meeting on May 28th will be posted to this website soon. In the meantime, we can report that after a protracted discussion, the following slate of board officers and directors was elected for the 2015-16 term beginning July 1st:

  • President - Chris Roth
  • 1st Vice President - Mayra Flores De Marcotte
  • 2nd Vice President - Nancy Rice
  • Secretary - Ryan Elliott
  • Treasurer - Peter Allen
  • At-Large Members - Archie Moore, Debbie Cain, Matt Capaci, Elizabeth Estensen, Samantha LoCurto

Additionally, a five-member Nominating Committee was elected to recommend officers and directors for the 2016-17 term, to be elected at the next annual meeting in May 2016. That committee includes the following WGNA members in good standing:

  • Matt Capaci, Board Member, Member of 2015-16 Nominating Committee
  • Elizabeth Estensen, Board Member, Member of 2015-16 Nominating Committee
  • Hugh Graham, Former WGNA President
  • Ed Rast, Former WGNA President
  • Jeff Stanley, WGNA Member

We're excited to move into a new year with new energy. We hope you'll join us along the way, and stay tuned for more to come from the annual meeting...

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WGNA Annual Meeting 2015

Join us for our annual meeting to discuss current neighborhood issues and concerns, upcoming events, and ways you can get involved in the community. You can click here to RSVP.

We want your help in shaping the topics the meeting will cover. Please take five minutes to complete this simple survey by May 15th so we can find appropriate speakers to discuss the topics you identify as top priorities.

PLEASE NOTE: Transportation — particularly the Lincoln Avenue Road Diet — will NOT be discussed during our annual meeting as there will be a separate community meeting on June 11th dedicated solely to that topic.

It is also time for WGNA members to elect Officers and Board Members for the 2015-16 term. Members may vote using this online survey OR in person at the annual meeting.

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NEW Road Diet Website

To help residents, business owners, and the general community stay up to date on the layout, timeline, and other important information regarding the upcoming road diet trial on Lincoln Avenue, the Road Diet Working Group has created an all-in-one website at www.WillowGlenRoadDiet.com.

WG Road Diet Website

We hope you will visit this new site today to get informed! WGNA will continue to post updates in this space to help ensure that everyone in our community has a chance to learn the facts and have their voices heard.

Speaking of which, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns about the road diet trial — before, during, or after — please email [email protected] or use the webform at bit.ly/lincolnroaddiet.

Thank you again for your patience and input.

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RDWG Minutes – February 6, 2015

Road Diet Data CollectionThe Lincoln Avenue Road Diet Working Group had its fifth meeting on Friday, February 6, 2015.

This meeting featured an in-depth conversation with staff from the City of San José Department of Transportation regarding the final draft alignment and timeline for the road diet trial, as well as data collection and community outreach.

District 6 City Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio was also present to discuss the agenda for WGNA's February 12th Road Diet Town Meeting at Willow Glen Elementary School.

DOT staff directly addressed questions, comments, and concerns collected from community members through group meetings, sidewalk conversations, phone calls, emails, webform responses, and Facebook posts over the past two months.

Click here to view the minutes from this meeting.

Click here to see the draft alignment for the road diet trial, including signage markers.

Click here to see the final 40+ sites where DOT will collect traffic data.

All are welcome to email the RDWG at [email protected] with any questions or comments on these minutes or general comments about the road diet trial.

The RDWG is committed to an open and transparent process that produces the best possible result for all involved.

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Road Diet Town Meeting

Lincoln Road Diet Community Meeting FlyerAfter two months of collaboration with the City of San José Department of Transportation, the Lincoln Avenue Road Diet Working Group is excited to invite you to a town meeting at 6:30pm on Thursday, February 12th, where city staff and working group members will present plans for the upcoming road diet trial in Downtown Willow Glen and ask for your feedback.

The meeting will be hosted by WGNA in the Willow Glen Elementary School Cafeteria and will include an open forum for any and all community members to pose their thoughts, concerns, and questions. Because we expect a very large crowd, we will ask that you keep your comments to 2 minutes or less so that everyone can be heard.

Please see this flyer for more information, and feel free to share it with your friends and neighbors. The flyer includes an excellent FAQ section that should answer most of your questions about the road diet trial.

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Road Diet Town Meeting

Lincoln Road Diet Community Meeting Flyer

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RDWG Minutes – December 22, 2014

Hans Larsen, photo courtesy of Janet LafleurThe Lincoln Avenue Road Diet Working Group had its third meeting on Monday, December 22, 2014. This meeting featured an in-depth conversation with Hans Larsen, Director of Transportation for the City of San José, to address questions, comments and concerns raised by RDWG members and community constituents regarding the upcoming road diet trial.

You can click here to view the minutes from this meeting.

All are welcome to email the RDWG at [email protected] with any questions or comments on these minutes or general comments about the road diet trial.

The RDWG is committed to an open and transparent process that produces the best possible result for all involved.

[Photo credit: Janet Lafleur, www.ladyfleur.bike]

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Road Diet Comments

Thanks very much to everyone who's contributed their thoughts, concerns, recommendations, and honest opinions to a dialogue with the City of San José's Department of Transportation about the upcoming road diet trial on Lincoln Avenue.

In order to ensure transparency, the Road Diet Working Group is committed to posting the comments we've received through our Google webform and Gmail account, with names redacted. Each of these comments has been read and considered by every member of the working group.

Comments through 12/04/14

Comments through 12/22/14

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Road Diet Working Group

Road diet afterA working group has been established to solicit feedback from key constituencies – residents, commuters, business and property owners, etc. — and coordinate with City of San José staff to determine the size, scope, and feel of an upcoming "road diet" trial on Lincoln Avenue, scheduled for Spring 2015. This working group is comprised of residents, business owners, and other key stakeholders from Downtown Willow Glen and surrounding communities.

The Road Diet Working Group (or RDWG for brevity's sake) is committed to an open and transparent process that ensures all voices are heard. You can learn more about the RDWG and stay up to date on our progress by visiting this special page on the WGNA website or by following our Facebook and Twitter feeds. We'll be posting meeting minutes, data analysis, and other useful content on a regular basis.

If you'd like to contribute your thoughts to the discussion, we encourage you to please send an email to the RDWG or use this simple web form.

There will be a follow-up community meeting in January on a date TBD to provide an update on the RDWG's work and solicit additional feedback. In the meantime, we appreciate your engagement on this important issue for the future of our community!

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RDWG Minutes – December 4, 2014

The Lincoln Avenue Road Diet Working Group had its second meeting on Thursday, December 4, 2014. This meeting featured an in-depth conversation with representatives from the City of San José's Department of Transportation to address a variety of questions, comments, and concerns from working group members and our constituents regarding the upcoming road diet trial.

You can click here to view the minutes from this meeting.

Please email the RDWG at [email protected] with any questions or comments on these minutes. The RDWG is committed to an open and transparent process that produces the best possible result for all involved.

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Road Diet Videos

Hearing a lot about the upcoming road diet trial on Lincoln Avenue?

Don't know what a "road diet" means?

Think a "scramble" has more to do with breakfast than pedestrian traffic?

Have a look at these short videos...

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RDWG Minutes – November 21, 2014

The Lincoln Avenue Road Diet Working Group had its first organizational meeting on Friday, November 21. This meeting was used to address initial questions, comments, and concerns about the road diet trial raised at the WGNA community meeting on Thursday, November 20, and to set some ground rules for future meetings.

You can click here to view the minutes from this meeting.

Please email the RDWG at [email protected] with any questions or comments. The RDWG is committed to an open and transparent process that produces the best possible result for all involved.

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Road Diet Working Group

Thanks to all who attended our November 20th community meeting at Willow Glen Elementary on the upcoming road diet trial on Lincoln Avenue!

As noted at the meeting, a working group has been formed to provide feedback to the City of San José Department of Transportation (DOT) on the size and scope of the road diet trial, to be implemented in Spring 2015; and to ensure that the DOT takes into consideration the issues and concerns identified by the community.

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Road Diet

Road_diet.jpgWGNA will be hosting our next community meeting on Thursday, November 20th, from 7 to 9pm in the Willow Glen Elementary School Cafeteria. The topic of the meeting will be a recently proposed lane reconfiguration of Lincoln Avenue and a potential trial simulation.

There will be comments by District 6 Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio and representatives from the San José Department of Transportation, who will also answer audience questions. This subject drew a lot of interest when we recently asked our community about it on Facebook, so we expect a large crowd. Be sure to RSVP ASAP.

Willow Glen Elementary is located at 1425 Lincoln Avenue at the corner of Minnesota. Parking is available in the rear of the school or across Minnesota. Please use crosswalks and DO NOT jaywalk.

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Public Works on Mackey Avenue

CSJ_logo.jpgAs part of our mission, the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association aims to keep our community informed on a variety of planned city improvement projects.

From November 2014 through March 2015, the City of San José’s Department of Public Works will be replacing sewer lines on Mackey Ave., Dawson Ave., and Cross Way. If you live nearby or regularly use these streets, please expect delays during this project period. You can download this city fact sheet for more information.

If you have any questions or concerns about this project and its effects on the surrounding neighborhood, you are welcome to contact Jess Tanciangco at (408) 793-4145.

We encourage you to share this information with your neighbors!

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