Beginning at 3 p.m. Friday, May 22, through traffic on Grow Avenue will be temporarily redirected to Madison Avenue until the morning of Monday, June 1 as part of the “Safe Streets” initiative supported by the City Council, Squeaky Wheels and Bainbridge GreenWays.
During this time, local traffic and deliveries will be allowed, but there will be no through traffic allowed. Any patient of Bainbridge Pediatrics will have continued access.
Drivers should use Madison Avenue as an alternate route to Grow Avenue.
“This is a way to give the Grow folks a break in traffic while it’s slow,” said Councilmember Joe Deets during the May 19 City Council discussion.
The “Safe Streets” project is an extension of the Grow Avenue demonstration that occurred May 8-12 to protect people walking and biking during the COVID-19 pandemic.
City Council formed an Ad Hoc Committee to work with members of Squeaky Wheels and Bainbridge GreenWays to launch the program. The Councilmembers include Joe Deets, Michael Pollock, and Kol Medina.
“Climate change is real – it’s coming. We are going to have to have changes to our traffic modalities and patterns. It’s going to have to happen sometime. This is an opportunity to try something on as a pilot project, see how it goes, let people see it in real life and what it functions like, and make some judgments about it. We rarely get an opportunity to do something like this and I think we should take it,” Kol Medina said during the Council discussion.
Learn more about the “Safe Streets” program and read the results of a recent survey on the first phase of the project here.
When the project resumes, organizers plan to launch a new survey that will be shared on the Squeaky Wheels’ website.
The Grow Avenue “Safe Streets” project is not related to the City’s Wyatt Way Reconstruction and Safety Improvement project that is scheduled to begin construction June 8.
Previous City update:
May 6: https://www.bainbridgewa.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=641