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Rally to Move Forward – Louisville – January 2017

Largest (3,000 – 5,000) public rally in Louisville’s history. The following is the address delivered by Jackie Green – community centered transportation and land use advocate. Good morning. You should see yourselves from this perspective. You are many. You are beautiful. The peace and justice that we seek cannot be created on an Earth that cannot support all of life with dignity and equality. Earth has been under assault for 100 years. And as the assault accelerates government refuses to pursue peace, justice and a stable Earth. So here we are, demanding change in the way we treat Earth and each other, demanding change from our governments, our industries, our institutions. If our demand is to be taken seriously, if our demand is to have any integrity, we must ourselves change. As Gandhi put it “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” We must change as individuals, as family units, as communities. We must cease our personal participation in the assault on Earth. In our change is the power to force change upon our governments and institutions. They respond to power, particularly the power of the dollar. And we spend on average 40% of household income on housing, transportation and utilities. Our power to force change, our power to assault or to heal is found in that 40%.  As one who quit flying in 1993, and quit car ownership in 1999. I urge you, as you travel home today, to contemplate the power of your dollar spent on housing, transportation and utilities. Here is a bicycle, no ordinary bicycle, but an agent of change, like TARC buses, like shoes, a tool of resistance – resistance against tar sands, pipelines, refineries, emissions, offshore drilling, fracking, oil spills, Wall St, and military intervention. An instrument of peace and healing. An agent of change. “Be the change.” Thank...

WAVE TV – Green continues to challenge bike citations

Green continues to challenge bike citations Friday, July 29th 2016, 8:27 pm EDT By Josh Cook Jackie Green (Source: WAVE 3 News) LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – He once ran for mayor an now he’s challenging citations in a high-profile case, involving his bicycle. Jackie Green was charged with obstructing a highway and disregarding a traffic light on his bike in November. In his third preliminary hearing Friday his attorney motioned to bring an expert witness to the trial. Green has been offered a plea deal, by pleading guilty to the traffic light charge and paying court fees, to avoid up to 90 days in jail. Green says he’ll fight this until his entire case is dismissed in order to bring justice for all bicycle commuters. “This is bigger than me,” he said. “This is about the safety of cyclists. It’s about cyclists being able to operate on their bicycles in a safe manner, taking measures that increase their safety without fear of wrongful prosecution by the state.” A police officer claims to have warned Green to use the bike lane and subsequently caught him riding through a red light. The case returns to court Sept. 22. Copyright 2016 WAVE 3 News. All...

Louisville Harmony asks city to reduce surface parking lots…

Louisville Harmony is asking Metro to bring into alignment local policies and practices so community resiliency, climate change, urban heat, public transit, urban forestry, flooding, air quality and compassion are truly addressed. We ask that Metro begin by taking on a major nexus of all of these issues, the surface parking lot. We ask Metro to begin taking immediate actions leading to the phase-out of privately and publicly owned surface parking lots. Louisville Harmony and Louisville Harmony supporters stand ready to assist Metro in the expeditious meeting of this...

Cool502 – City tosses hot potato to citizens

“Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is calling on residents to work within their own neighborhoods to help combat the city’s rising temperatures in urban areas. The city has one of the fastest-growing urban heat islands in the nation… During a news conference, he stressed the ways the study’s data can help inform individuals and neighborhood groups about what they can do in various areas of town…. the onus will be on people to make changes on a micro-level…. Fischer said “And the government can only do so much with trees. Most trees are obviously on private land, so we need all of our private citizens to step up.” His administration rolled out an online database where residents can search for their neighborhoods, identify their primary heat island challenges and pinpoint the exact number of cooler roofs or additional trees that will help measurably lower summer temperatures. Fischer is calling the initiative “Cool502,” and is encouraging residents to share their cooling efforts on social media using the hashtag: #cool502.” From – http://wfpl.org/fischer-launches-cool502-initiative-encourage-residents-combat-urban-heat/ ??? “the government can only do so much with trees” ??? Metro can stop clear cutting forests by investors in remote real estate invest. Metro can reduce urban speeds that result in cars taking out trees. Metro can re-purpose surface parking lots as  housing, retail, offices, parks, community gardens, solar farms or parking garages.  Mayor Fischer is all about big data documenting the obvious, and shifting the burden to the backs of citizens rather than having the city lead by example....

Louisville’s Vision – weak and self contradictory

Under the mayor’s direction, Louisville launched a Sustainability Plan, Trees Louisville, Move Louisville, Cool502, renewed the city’s commitment to the Climate Protection Agreement and signed Climate Compact of Mayors. Examination of these acts as a  ​unit quickly reveals fundamental and self defeating contradictions and weaknesses (the word ‘acts’ was intentionally chosen). The weaknesses begin with the Sustainability Plan. The Sustainability Plan was immediately upon release ​declared unambitious in scope and timing. ​​Trees Louisville, a non-profit raising money to plant trees, cannot compete with the destruction wrought on forests by ‘developers’​. Nor can Trees Louisville compete with the destruction wrought on urban trees by cars and trucks​. Cool502, the Climate Protection Agreement and the Climate Compact of Mayors​ all three contradict Move Louisville,  the city’s transportation (and land use) plan. This is no surprise as Move Louisville contradicts itself with its ​new Urton Lane ​and​ Oxmoor Farms​ projects bumping up against Move Louisville’s ‘Fix it First’ priority​. Move Louisville’s Urton Lane​ and​ Oxmoor Farms ​projects will result in ​clear cut​ting​ forests and paving fields​ while draining resources that create a more population-dense, walkable and cooler​ Louisville. Move Louisville​ also commits nothing significant to public transit​.​ Several proposals should be adopted and aggressively pursued if the city’s sustainability acts are to move beyond mere play acting. The city should purge the Urton Lane and Oxmoor Farms projects and shift funding from those projects to public transit, concentrating additional TARC service (strategically and temporarily) within the Watterson.  For the sake of ​neighborhoods, ​pedestrians and trees, the city should reduce ​and enforce ​urban speed limits to a safe speed. And the city should lead the community by​ beginning to re​-​purpos​e the city owned surface parking lots as housing, retail,offices, parks, community gardens, solar farms or parking garages. ​ http://www.courier-journal.com/story/tech/science/environment/2016/04/25/mayor-fischer-launches-cool502-effort/83301648/...

Kids speak out on surface parking lots

Listen to these kids!!  https://youtu.be/rKvufzoaC9I Then please sign this petition asking the city to begin redeveloping city owned surface parking lots for housing, retail, offices, parks, community gardens, solar farms or parking garages. http://www.ipetitions.com/…/louisville-metro-government-re-…. The image is of one of the city-owned parking lots. Not the largest, this lot is for city employees only. It is on the south side of Market St, between 6th & 7th...

Letter to US Dept of Transportation re: MoveLouisville

22  April 2016 DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx US Department of Transportation 1200 New Jersey Ave SE Washington DC 20590 202 366 4000 anthony.foxx@dot.gov Re: MoveLouisville Dear DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx: We wrote to you 9 February 2016, in opposition to Louisville’s Smart Cities Challenge application. We are grateful that Louisville, Kentucky was not chosen as a finalist. Thank you. On 14 April 2016 Louisville released the new transportation for the city, two years late, five years in the making. https://louisvilleky.gov/sites/default/files/advanced_planning/movelouisville_april2016draft.pdf At MoveLouisville’s release Mayor Fischer said we will not pursue light rail because Louisville lacks population density. He said nothing about combating the remote commercial and residential investment which serves only to reduce our population density further. From MoveL’s home page … “Projects like completing the planned extension of Urton Lane from Middletown to Taylorsville Road …will make it easier for people to get around the city and will improve the quality of life in Louisville neighborhoods.” That sentence is a perfect example of how widely MoveLouisville misses the mark. Urton Lane only opens up forests and fields to remote investment, decreasing population density. Remote investment works against achieving the second priority stated by the mayor/MoveLouisville. That stated priority is to reduce the miles driven by Louisville citizens. That priority is achieved by increasing density, investing in public transit and creating walkable communities. Increasing density, investing in public transit and creating walkable communities are inseparable basics in creating a sustainable city. MoveLouisville failed to grasp those basics. MoveLouisville refers to infill and un-locking Oxmoor farms and Urton Lane. The terms clear-cut and pave-over are more appropriate. The city needs...

Re-purpose, re-develop city-owned surface parking lots

The image is of one of the largest city-owned lots. It occupies the entire block between Jefferson and Liberty, 8th and 9th Streets. The lot helps isolate the west end from the rest of the city. Louisville won the distinction of being the nation’s city with the worst infestation of surface parking lots, http://brokensidewalk.com/2016/parking-crater/ ….so we began a campaign asking the city to re-purpose, re-develop city-owned surface parking lots. Four images taken from the top level of a  garage on Jefferson, between 7th and 8th, can be seen on De-Surfaced facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1544867725731584/  .  The images are of:  #1 – one of the largest city owned lots, located between 8th and 9th, Jefferson and Liberty, city employee lot, not public #2 – image taken from same location of image #1, after turning around #3 – another of the largest city owned lots, located behind City Hall, between 6th and 7th, Market and Congress Alley, also city employee lot, not public #4 – image taken from same location of image #3, after turning around Images #2 and #4 illustrate opportunity for usages of greater value than parking cars on top levels of a garage. Plans for media release and event are taking shape.  Fnal touches to a video of kids answering questions regarding surface parking lots are in process. An online petition  is complete, to be launched simultaneously with the video. Conversations paving the way for positive collaboration with PARC and mayor’s office have begun.  The list of Supportive Partners includes: 350 Louisville, Bicycling for Louisville (B4L), Bike Couriers Bike Shops, Center for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods – University of Louisville, Coalition for the Advancement of Regional Transportation (CART), Louisville Grows, Neighborhood...

WFPL report on Move Louisville

WFPL report on Move Louisville:  http://wfpl.org/louisvilles-new-transit-plan-draws-criticism-from-advocates/ Metro’s Move Louisville home page:  https://louisvilleky.gov/government/advanced-planning/move-louisville Jackie Green’s response to Move Louisville: At MoveLouisville’s release Mayor Fischer said we will not pursue light rail because Louisville lacks population density. He said nothing about combating the remote commercial and residential investment which serves only to reduce our population density further. From MoveL’s home page … “Projects like completing the planned extension of Urton Lane from Middletown to Taylorsville Road …will make it easier for people to get around the city and will improve the quality of life in Louisville neighborhoods.” That sentence is a perfect example of how widely MoveLouisville misses the mark. Urton Lane only opens up forests and fields to remote investment, decreasing population density. Remote investment works against achieving the second priority stated by the mayor/MoveLouisville. That stated priority is to reduce the miles driven by Louisville citizens. That priority is achieved by increasing density, investing in public transit and creating walkable communities. Increasing density, investing in public transit and creating walkable communities are inseparable basics in creating a sustainable city. MoveLouisville failed to grasp those basics. MoveLouisville refers to infill and un-locking Oxmoor farms and Urton Lane. The terms clear-cut and pave-over are more appropriate. The city needs trees. The city needs greenspace. The city is doing an inventory of trees. Yet, the city enables clear cutting and paving over our remaining fields. The reason given for “unlocking Oxmoor  Farm” is “to relieve congestion on Shelbyville Road”. The way to relieve congestion is  to service the corridor with excellent public transit with dedicated lanes. This kind of poor planning and...

Reasons you should ride a bicycle

Petroleum Free Transportation

combats global climate change
improves local air quality
leaves no oil on our streets and in our drinking water
keeps local dollars local
frees our military from protecting foreign oil
promotes global peace

Bikes Are

healthy exercise
smart personal economy
great traffic calming influences
family-friendly
not electric (coal-fired) vehicles
fun!