Council, Mayor, and City Manager,
We thank the city for adopting the Complete Streets Policy in 2017 and respect you for re-affirming your support for this safety project in a recent council meeting.
Now we expect you to implement it, and we have two final points to offer you.
First, we hope you see the three significant differences between the Columbia Complete Streets project you voted to delay for a year and this pilot project, the East McLoughlin Safety Improvement Project.
For this project---
1) Public Outreach: Staff listened to the public and significantly revised the McLoughlin plan after public feedback. Parking was restored to the entire south side of the street, Grand to Brandt, as some residents wished.
2) Consideration of other streets: While some people thought other streets should be further explored for Columbia, a 365-day delay to look for alternative streets is unnecessary for this project since there aren't any. Mill Plain? No. 13th Street? No. It is a steep hill with cobblestone pavement that people can barely drive, much less walk or bike. Planning staff considered 13th Street and rejected it. McLoughlin is the only viable street.
3) Safer streets for all people: Some criticized the Columbia project as not defining clearly enough safety benefits for people in cars and on foot. McLoughlin’s improvements as stated on the website and in the awarded $700,000 grant clearly include two safety measures supported by the residents of the street to calm traffic and make walking safer:
*First - speed cushions on McLoughlin between Reserve Street and Brandt Road
*Second – crosswalks with flashing beacons for people crossing the street at the intersections of McLoughlin at 13th Street (the first curve) and McLoughlin at 32nd Avenue (another curve). Protected bike lanes in the project complete the goal of safety for all people by narrowing the street which we know slows people driving their cars. McLoughlin would have designated places for all of us to be safe, making it less confusing and dangerous whether we are driving, riding, or walking.
These significant differences make any delay for McLoughlin inappropriate.
Our second goal is that you see us as human beings who will benefit from these safety improvements. We are more than the mode of transportation we’re using. We are volunteers and engineers, grandmas and dads, gardeners and musicians, animal lovers and business owners, neighbors and coworkers, young and old. We are the city’s supporters of progress and ideas, and we appreciate innovative projects in our city’s present and future.
We humans all share the same transportation goals: to get somewhere and then to arrive back home. Safely. You have the power and the responsibility to help us do that.
Planners have done their jobs well. Now we look to you to do the same.
Signed by people you will be protecting:
Adrian Villegas - high schooler with Down Syndrome who loves to bike with the family
Alex Walkley - entrepreneur, traveler and animal lover
Amy Horstman - nature lover
Andy Chen - regular visitor to the 'Couve, Esther Short property owner, not interested in injury and/or premature demise by riding on unsafe roads
Angela Davis - wife to Sherman and mom to two young adult children Alex and Sydney, Copy Center Coordinator at the Camas School District, 3rd generation Clark County resident
Anita Cannell - retired teacher of English, Home Ec and P.E., mom, wife, grandparent, occasional gardener, avid reader, crossword addict
Ann Morrow - fellow human, paraeducator, President of NW Bicycle Safety Council, Host of public access television show, Cycology Today
Anna Danzer - lover of the outdoors and dogs
Anne Moyers – retired from teaching (love-of-my-life job) and Clark County resident for over 40 years
Bernardine Lim - hiker and outdoor lover
Bill Moyers – love my neighbors and neighborhood
Bob Link – neighbor
Bob Swenson - never met a mountain I didn’t need to hike around
Bob Verrinder- riding my bike when hit by a car in a lighted crosswalk
Bretagne Heither - wife, mother, blood donor, avid bike rider, cat mama, executive, and proud community member of SW WA
Brian Hammer - husband to Linda, insatiably fond of critters, 37-year Hughes / Raytheon retiree who was charmed by Clark County and decided to call it home
Britt Martens - gardener and cook
Carol Evans - mom, retired regional account exec of Organic Foods, now living the life my husband and I worked hard for and loving it
Carole Dollemore - homecookin’ granny
Carolyn Kalish - grandma and yoga Instructor
Charles Shaw - retired tech., father to Julie and Matt, grandfather to Kale, Makoa, Kian and Aubree
Chris White - network architect and supporter of improving my home, the Couve!
Christine Toscano – musician
Cindi Rauch - gramma to 11 great kiddos and lover of fine hard ciders
Clay Kind – love biking on safe streets
Crystal Small - mom of two teens, coffee snob, and puzzler...to name a few
Dan Packard - dad, bus driver, woodworker, and piano player
Dennis Johnson - active retired civil servant
Devin Bowen - local business owner, husband, father
Don Orange - small business retired, husband, friend, father, activist
Donna Richardson - homeowner and slave to my yard
Dorothy Krahn – farmer, cook, animal lover
Eddie Villegas – my family and I like to ride our bikes together
Ellen Ives - recent, delighted grandmother
Eric Giacchino - dad, city first responder, scout leader
Erin Hanley - lover of Vancouver and being able to walk, bike and drive in harmony with all others sharing the city
Favian Villegas – high schooler
Gary Stark - love bicycling in friendly Vancouver. Here is hoping the city continues its good work.
Greg Shaw - reader and quilter
Gus Harmon - retired City of Vancouver Public Works employee (31 years), husband, father, and grandfather
Harry Schellhous - I retired after 43 years with Hilborn Fuel Injection and moved to Vancouver for a safe retirement as a great-grandfather. I’m 94 years old and still enjoy riding my bike.
Henrik Martens- avid news junkie
Holly Williams - devoted to making Vancouver an exceptional place to live
Jan Verrinder - wife to Bob, grandma to Josh and Jonas, niece to Dorothy and Durwood
Jason Poindexter - cycling enthusiast, caring father and husband
Jeff Faller - STP rider, developer of training, avid woodworker
Jennifer Van Atta - Urgent Care PA, new Vancouver homeowner, musician, artist, runner, mother of five and grandmother of seven
Jennifer Villegas – nurse and mother
Jerimi Boston - father, homeowner and resident of Vancouver
Jill Oshiro - retired engineer, lover of gadgets, outdoor enthusiast, family caretaker
Jim Thomas – city volunteer
Joe Cote - professor emeritus WSU and voter
Joe Duvall - retired from UPS, homeowner in Clark County
Joe Ghaffari - retired district superintendent, love the water front, and the city’s effort in Vancouver’s livability
Joe Toscano- intrepid traveler
John P. Kern - husband to Sheryl going on 25 years, retired U.S. Navy (21.5 years), retired U.S. Merchant Marines (25 years), volunteer at SW WA Humane Society
Judy Boyle - love my ShihTzu, Bentley, tap dancing, biking, and baking. Hate yard work, but I do it.
Julie Hawthorne - your friend, neighbor, coworker who uses bike riding to combat the blues. Chocolate lover, sun worshiper, Netflix junkie, exercise addict wannabe
Karen Kemp - retired teacher and new grandma
Kari Schlosshauer - mom of two young boys, library lover, urban gardener, Columbia River paddler
Katherine Nitsch - retired speech pathologist, part time musician, kayaker, home owner, biker and gardener
Kathy Fockler - mom, wife, nurse and community volunteer
Ken Williams - tax payer
Kim Kathrein - tax payer
Laura Bullock - daily McLoughlin user, neighbor, GAL, gardener, grandma
Laurel Cripe – Vancouver Heights neighbor
Leah Jackson – business owner
Linda Hammer - wife to Brian, caregiver to every single critter that crosses my path and Clark County resident
Linda Mather - lover of hiking and walking, human mom to a Labradoodle, maker of jewelry, and happy retiree
Lynn Faller - mother, working professional, in charge of family fitness routines
Madeleine von Laue - animal and nature lover
Mary McLaren - nurse, lymphoma survivor
Mary Ann Teague - hiker and wildflower enthusiast, volunteer for Vancouver Audubon, Vancouver Bicycle Club, my neighborhood association, American Sewing Guild, sew for community service projects that benefit infants, children, elderly and cancer patients
Maurice Carroll - avid bike commuter (auto avoider) and health advocate
Michael Smith - artist and educator
Midaya Villegas – middle schooler and beginner bike rider
Nancy Iannarone - mom and soon-to-be great aunt
Norman Farrell - musician, woodworker, non-profit volunteer
Pam Andrews - coordinator of clinical trials retired from OHSU, mother of three adults and grandmother of six cute pint-size citizens
Peggy Swenson - almost-retired nurse, lover of my garden and green space, hiker of mountains
Perry York – husband, retired from WinCo Foods, cyclist, pedestrian
Peter Van Tilburg - dad to 18 and 24-year-old kids
Philip Zuvanich - a good friend, maybe of yours when and if you need one
PJ Overton – in health and happiness
Preston Seu - retired and riding to stay alive
Rodger Lance - retired insurance agent. Please help to prevent collisions. Give us bike lanes.
Sally Butts - long-time Vancouver resident who is proud to call this place home
Sam Qanat - passionate about animals being treated with care and respect
Sara Angelo – community health advocate, natural networker and mama of two
Scott Yeager - writer, musician, and lover of life
Shairn Villa - school psychologist, mother of six, bicycle commuter, and somebody who doesn’t want to be hit by a car while I’m riding my bike
Sharon Branning - retired English, social studies, reading, and PE teacher, SW WA Humane Society volunteer, Blazer Booster Club secretary, former soccer and track coach, mother, grandmother
Sherman Davis - husband to Angela and dad to two young adult children, Alex and Sydney, Director of Technology at the Camas School District, 3rd generation Clark County resident
Sheryl Ingoe-Kern - wife of John, housewife and mother of three children, resident of Vancouver 28 years, veteran of the U.S. Navy
Sheryl Thierry - children's advocate and crazy dog lady
Steve Baltazar - friend of many who cycle the roads in and around Clark County
Steve Rasmussen - bike riding, woodworking grandfather
Susan Shultz – Chiropractor
Sylvia Erdmann - retired federal employee, Clark County resident 27 years and outdoor enthusiast
Tess Ronquillo - retired HR State of Washington, grams to 5-year-old Lucas and 2-year-old Lincoln, love music and travel
Tom Dollemore - good-times grandpa
Tony Licata - husband, father of three, grandfather of seven, engineer, Fort Vancouver Lion, community volunteer, gardener, musician, woodworker
Vicki Nier – Clark College textbook buyer and part-time apple farmer
Victoria Rehfeldt - retired teacher, lifetime student, mom of two and gram of six, grateful for so many friends, and lover of all things outdoors