ColorBrightonGreen.org supports transportation infrastructure that will provide safe travel for non-carbon emitting vehicles such as bicycles. There is a proposed change to the lane configuration on Route 96 (East Avenue) between E. Highland Drive and Route 31F in the towns of Brighton and Pittsford. The current configuration of Rt. 96 is a 40′ wide roadway comprised of four 10′ wide lanes. The Fall 2017 proposed New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) configuration was three 11’ wide lanes for motorized vehicles (the center lane being a turn lane), and two 3.5′ shoulders/unofficial bike lanes.
While ColorBrightonGreen.org supports the initiative of the NYSDOT to provide wider shoulders on this section of East Avenue, we don’t believe that maximizing speeds and leaving only 3.5′ wide bike lanes will protect the safety of all road users. ColorBrightonGreen and several other community groups (including Mothers Out Front, the Rochester Peoples’ Climate Coalition, and Rochester Cycling Alliance) have responded to a coordinated advocacy effort led by Robin Wilt to call for three 10′ vehicle lanes and two 5′ official bicycle lanes along this section of East Avenue. Such a configuration already exists on East Avenue at Winton Road (less than a half mile from the proposed project area).
ColorBrightonGreen.org sent written comments to the NYSDOT Project Design Engineer Daniel Schwind (Daniel.Schwind@dot.ny.gov), and to the Town of Brighton Board Members, and to other elected officials in December 2017. These letters can be seen here on our website.
Subsequent to local advocacy efforts, the NYSDOT has now proposed two 10′ vehicle lanes, one 11′ vehicle turning lane, and two 4.5′ wide shoulders that would not be official bicycle lanes. As of January 6, 2018, advocacy efforts for three 10′ wide vehicular lanes and two 5′ bicycle lanes continue.
Here are some sources of information for you to consider: Narrower Lanes Safer Streets Article from Planet Citizen. Bigger Isn’t Always Better: Narrow Traffic Lanes Make Cities Safer article from World Resources Institute. Narrower Lanes Safer Streets from Research Gate.
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Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) is a bulk energy purchasing program intended to lower costs and transition to greater use of renewable energy for residents and small businesses in cities, towns, and villages that decide to participate.
As a member of the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition (RPCC), ColorBrightonGreen.org has committed to support this program because of the carbon cutting opportunities it offers.
Community Choice Aggregation is a program that has been advocated locally by the RPCC who has partnered with Joule Assets, whose principals helped make this program a reality in Westchester County. A local CCA has the ability to provide residents and small business electric customers a locally chosen alternative to the state-mandated utility—RG&E, National Grid, or NYSEG—for energy supply. A local CCA can represent the best interests of consumers by providing choices for lower, fixed prices and cleaner (100% renewable or 100% carbon free) energy.
In order for residents and small businesses to benefit from this program, their local government has to first pass a local law to authorize them to participate. To date, the Villages of Lima, Scottsville, and Brockport and the Towns of Geneva and Brighton have passed those local laws. In addition, the Villages of Lima and Brockport along with the Town of Geneva have advanced to the second step in making a CCA real by selecting an administrator—the team of RPCC/Joule Assets. The Town of Pittsford, potentially in collaboration with the Village of Pittsford has scheduled a CCA public meeting for Wednesday, April 18, 2018 to inform residents and Town Board members about CCA and potential Administrators. At the April meeting, two potential CCA Administrator organizations (RPCC/Joule Assets and Good Energy) will give presentations about CCA and their administrative implementation plans. Other municipal governments with an interest in CCA include the Cities of Rochester and Canandaigua, the Town of Irondequoit, and the Village of Honeoye Falls.
For more information on Community Choice Aggregation, visit the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition Website.
The Spring 2017 Curb Your Car Week event took place the week of May 14-20, 2017. During that week 74 residents from the Rochester region registered their pledge to walk, bike, carpool, or ride the bus for at least a day as an alternative to driving their car.
70 registered participants, 23 reporting their results
- Total miles saved: 1,586
- Gallons Saved: 47.55 gallons (based on individual MPG)
- Pounds of CO2 saved: 951 (based on 20 lbs per gallon)
Miles saved per activity
- Biking: 250
- Carpooling: 468
- Not going somewhere you normally go: 399
- Combining trips: 292
- Bus: 8
- Walking: 73
- Telecommuting: 76
- Other: 20
- Not going somewhere you normally go: 296
- Carpool: 138
- Combining trips: 82
- Biking: 45
- Telecommuting: 24
- Walking: 10
- Bus: 8
Enjoy a free drink while learning how solar works in our community. You have the power to control your energy needs and make your community a greener, cleaner place to live. SunCommon is a local, employee-owned B Corp with fifteen years experience. Being a force for good is the core of who SunCommon is and how they run their business. Come learn your solar options whether you rent or own, they have a solution for you to go solar!
- When: Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 5:30 to 7:00 PM
- Where: Zebb’s Brighton, 1890 Clinton Avenue S., Rochester, NY, 14618
- More Info: RSVP appreciated. If you have any questions please contact Mary Nicholas 585-265-2384 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
As a kick-off the Curb Your Car Week, Kat Fisher, New York Electric Vehicle Initiative Representative for the national Sierra Club, will present EV Basics and Advocacy Opportunities. Learn why Sierra Club supports Electric Vehicles; Learn what models are available, charging options, incentives, and how to advocate for clean car policy. Check out Electric Vehicles and ask EV owners questions. We hope you will walk, bike, or carpool to this event during Curb Your Car Week 2017! During Curb Your Car Week, ColorBrightonGreen.org asks you to replace a single occupancy car trip by walking, biking, carpooling or telecommuting.
- When: Monday, May 15, 2017, 6:30 PM
- Where: Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Friends Learning Center.
- More Info: email@example.com Co-sponsored by the Brighton Memorial Library, ColorBrightonGreen.org, the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition, and the Sierra Club.
March right here at home in solidarity with the marchers in Washington D.C. Join with environmental movements nationwide, converging in DC and in satellite localities all over the country to make a powerful statement on Climate Change. Table displays, activities, speakers and more. This will be a family–friendly march and rally to highlight the need for changes in our government to protect our world for future generations.
- When: Saturday, April 29, 11 AM March through downtown; Rally at noon.
- Where: March Start at Rochester City Hall. Rally in Washington Square Park.
- More Info: Co-sponsored by People’s Climate Movement Rochester, Action Together Rochester, and Rochester People’s Climate Coalition. See People’s Climate Movement Facebook Page
Here is your chance to get rid of old, unused, or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Flushing unused or expired drugs can actually lead to contamination of the water supply and end up back in your home. Proper disposal of unused and expired medicines left in your home means you know for sure that you’re doing your part to keep yourself and the environment safe. Leave all drugs in their original containers (black out patient’s name); Drive to the Brighton Town Hall and enter the Police Department driveway; Follow the signs, and hand your items to one of the collectors; Drive out, exiting from Brighton Library driveway. You will not need to leave your car and there are no forms to complete.
- When: Saturday, April 29, 10 AM to 2 PM.
- Where: Brighton Town Hall Public Safety Wing, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Brighton, NY.
- More Info: Contact Town Councilwoman Louise Novros if you have any questions at 244-3533 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Charter Buses for the People’s Climate Mobilization March, Rochester to DC. Join us in Washington, DC to stand up for our communities and our climate. The Rochester People’s Climate Coalition (RPCC) is sponsoring two 56-seat buses for roundtrip travel to this critical event in Washington DC on April 29, 2017.
The March is free, but the bus trip is not.
- When: Saturday, April 29, 1 AM to Sunday, April 30, 1 AM (these times are subject to change)
- Where: Options explained on the event website.
- More Info: Event Website
Few things on earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Yet in our modern world, these precious gifts of nature are in grave danger. See the film about this remarkable story.
- When: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 1 PM
- Where: Seneca Art and Culture Center at Ganondagan, 7000 County Road 41, Victor, NY
- More Info and tickets: Call the Friends of Ganondagan at 585-742-1690. Film website.
The ROCWorthy Earth Fest is a celebration of sustainability and ecologically sound living. Come learn from different local businesses and nonprofits who are pioneering the movement locally for a more low impact life in Rochester.
- When: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 11 AM to 1 PM
- Where: 571 South Avenue, Rochester, NY, 14607
- More Info: Event Facebook Page. Hosted by Impact Earth, Inc, Suncommon New York, and Abundance Food Co-op.