Pop-Up Sidewalk Update: Fine Tuning a Pop-up

In response to feedback over the weekend, the City fine tuned the pop-up to allow for both parking and the temporary sidewalk by creating a buffer between the two areas with barricades. It is a great example of the pop-up process, which is designed to be flexible and change as feedback is received. It also illustrates the importance of sharing the space for vehicles and people walking in our tourist town. Many questions remain that the pop-up may provide information on: Is the temporary sidewalk being used? Does a sidewalk on the west side of the road reduce people walking in the road?  Are there more people walking on the east side of the road? Is a sidewalk needed or wanted in this area?…. Keep the feedback coming, through the blog comments, on Facebook, or email movingmatters@boreal.org.  This process is all about community input to understand how public spaces can best serve the people.

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What the heck is a “pop-up”?
A “pop-up” is a temporary, low-cost project to try out a new use for a space without investing in major infrastructure changes and cost.  Think of it this way, pop-up = temporary.

Why a pop-up sidewalk in Boulder Park?
The goal of the temporary/pop-up sidewalk near Boulder Park is to give people a place off of the road to walk. This way, the City can gather feedback from visitors, residents, and businesses to see what the needs are and what might work to address the safety issue of people and vehicles on the street.  The area near Boulder Park, Sydney’s, and Artist’s Point is known for a lot of foot and vehicle traffic, spectacular harbor views, and popular businesses. Whether or not a change is needed is up in the air, but most agree that there is a conflict between vehicles and people walking in the roadway.

Winter Walking and Snow Removal

During our fall count of pedestrians and bicyclists with Mr. Liechty’s class, the trail by the Grand Marais Post Office was a busy thoroughfare. 49 bikers and walkers used this route over the noontime.

And on a snowy day…pedestrians are still making their way on by. Luckily, he knows there is still a trail there, hidden beneath the snow.

Kid walking on snowpack by PO

People are making their way along, even with large obstacles like snow piles in their way.

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Does the snow discourage you from walking to the Post Office or IGA?

And while this guy had some big piles to navigate, there were places farther along that were cleared of snow, ready for pedestrians.

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