Now the bike and pedestrian safety advocates are calling for one of three things to happen.
They want Johnson to amend Squilla’s legislation to include the 2nd District at a hearing Tuesday. They want the city to move forward with repaving and narrowing the road to the mixed-lane plan, without the parking legislation. Or, they want the city to delay repaving Washington Avenue in Johnson’s district until “a safe configuration can be agreed to.”
“It’s not possible to do traffic calming with five lanes of the roadway,” said Sarah Clark Stuart, director of the bike coalition. “That is magical thinking.”
In an open letter to Mayor Jim Kenney Wednesday, State Sen. Nikil Saval, who represents most of the project area, urged the Administration to move forward with the mixed-lane design, “regardless of what happens with the parking regulations on the western end of the Avenue.”
“My constituents have waited long enough,” he wrote.
City transportation officials are still calling on Johnson to amend Squilla’s pending parking bill to include the 2nd District, and have not addressed whether they would move forward with the lane reconfiguration if he refuses to do so.
“OTIS is considering its available options,” said Mike Carroll, deputy managing director for the Office of Transportation, Infrastructure and Sustainability (OTIS), in an emailed statement.
Vincent Thompson, a spokesperson for Councilmember Johnson, said in an email Thursday that Johnson’s stance had not changed since the week prior, and that he did not know what the Council member would do at Tuesday’s city council hearing.