I support allowing Main St. to be a pedestrian only zone (bikes included). I would like to see the initial idea of Sunday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm be expanded to include the whole weekend: Friday 5:00 pm through Sunday 11:00 pm, to allow for a complete weekend closing. This would maximize the work it takes to shut down cross streets and put up traffic signs. Stronger signage, including electronic sign boards, could be installed at the entrance to lower Park Ave. and at upper Park Ave., at the intersection of Heber, like those used during Sundance FF. A bike valet, like the one Cole Sport supports at Park Silly Market, could be used to encourage people to bike. This is also an opportunity to install more bike racks; something we have noticed is lacking.
I don't think that the street will turn into a long, asphalt, out door mall, as the Melvins project. Pedestrian streets in other towns I've visited, enhance the visual experience with benches and planters. I think our merchants will get creative. As a member of the PCAAB, I am sure our board can help.
We have ben pondering a crosswalk art project and this is a great time to go forward with that.
When my husband and I travel, we always make it a priority to visit pedestrian streets .
They attract both visitors and locals. It is a great experience to leisurely walk a town street without dodging cars, their exhaust, and now add close proximity to other people, due to the virus. It is a pleasure to dine outside on a Summer evening; don't let this unique opportunity end at 5:00 on a Sunday. Let's make lemonade out of lemons! We all may see a success and want to do this every Summer!