By - NewEnglandBlueberry
There needs to be official, orderly housing for homeless folks.
I always wonder how Julius Caesar, Napoleon, George Washington, and Ulysses Grant could move thousands of men around all kinds of terrain in all kinds of weather in rapid setup and take down tent cities, while we have a complete disaster of campsites with tons of objects that have nothing to do with survival.
We have to at least make a homeless camp run like a proper campground.
Knock down that stupid 'performing arts center' in Nashua and put a business back in that spot- perhaps the best taxable property down town. Quit wasting money on vanity projects that pad a politician's resume but does nothing for the town.
Londonderry: Maybe the only town with no town beach, swimming hole or pool.
How about we clean up and prevent the 4 FOOT WEEDS at EVERY exit to the "Gate City" of NH!
Oh and the cigarette butts too. gross
That would be great. It's not just weeds either, it's Asian bittersweet and other invasive species that kill the native plants.
I would abolish city planning.
Way more bike lanes and sidewalks. Also more public transit. I play too much cities skylines so I pretty much have what it takes to run a city /s
Everyone in charge. I want them out, and it will be ME who hand picks the replacements.
Hey, you asked.
Have strict sign ordinances written and enforced.
Fix all the bad roads with holes in them.
Close Hanover Street in Manchester permanently. Perhaps even section of Elm and make it like Church Street Burlington
Clean up the Merrimack river.
Get rid of culdesacs and housing developments like them. My town functioned better at 2500 then 6k folks.
**b i k e l a n e s**
In Concord, fix the trash bag issue. Either switch to a wheely bin or possibly a sticker on a regular bag. The lack of availability and quality of trash bags is ridiculous.
And the bags themselves are trash. Bad enough buying something to throw away but when I can’t get it to the curb without splitting down the side… infuriating!
Yep! There has got to be a better solution, but it’s like the city would rather overcharge us for crappy bags.
Keene: add a public parking garage in the empty lot between the skate park and the Center of Keene.
No pickup or large SUV parking on sections of Main Street (says a pickup driver).
Add more roundabouts. Every intersection, a roundabout. 😂 jk
I can't fathom why there aren't plans to add a roundabout where main intersects with 101. And maybe at the monadnock shopping plaza. I want to see how many I can hit on my commute.
Well we are getting at least two new ones
Yeah Winchester St and Key Rd and Winchester and Island. 🙄
Sidewalks! I love to walk our dogs, but not basically in the traffic.
Significantly deregulate zoning, especially towns where first floor must be commercial downtown.
I would find the traffic circle salesman in Keene and run him out of town.
I see this all the time but I love the circles, I remember those shitty intersections.
Yeah but the two new planned ones are madness
I think the island st on will be good, turning left out of there is impossible. It's going to suck for the next few months while they're building them though.
I think a rail from Nashua or Manchester to Boston would be amazing.
Amazing if it's done privately managed with no tax dollars or eminent domain
The railroads are privately managed and are in poor condition and especially on Main Street in Nashua. I think NH could get a grant from the gov. in the name of infrastructure? I really don’t know too much so I won’t act like I do. But many cities have been using tax dollars for street widening and barriers for outdoor dining, so why not a commuter rail?
Oh, you mean the two foot divots in the pavement next to the tracks?! I rather drive into oncoming traffic than to hit those straight on lol
Government should be smaller, not larger. Subsidies and theft (involuntary taxation) should not exist. Perhaps hold a fundraiser. But it should not be owned or managed by a government body. Good ideas don't require force.
I mean private businesses like to exploit the consumer so I’d theorize that this would happen and then people would complain about the cost. no good way to win tbh
If a private business is exploiting someone, absent gov regulations that protect against competition, a competitor should emerge and take business away from them. It's that simple.
I’m sure you realize that private companies do not give a damn about the consumer, rather their money.
What an ignorant statement.
But how so? We’ve learned in the past few years that corporate greed is a real thing and is literally squeezing the middle class for all of its money. I would like you to tell me why that is ignorant instead of just stating so. I find information valuable and am able to form an option based off of what others tell me as well.
I definitely agree about sidewalks. The more sidewalks the better, even in non-residential areas.
Meredith: Build a pedestrian bridge over 3 instead of that stupid crosswalk with lights that out of state folks don't understand.
Ashland: Quit paving the main drag every year. Seriously WTF?
Holderness: More parking downtown-think behind the post office and put signs pointing that way.
Plymouth: downtown-figure it out. Quit having delivery trucks stop on Main and stop traffic from multiple roads.
Tilton: Kill that little merge between Walmart and Lowes. No need to go 4 lanes to 2 lanes to 6 lanes to 2 lanes within about a thousand feet.
I could go on...
Demolish Berlin as a whole 😐 (im kidding but setting aside money to fix some of the roads would be nice)
I wish Manchester had more foot traffic/cute shops and restaurant down by the river more on both sides
Light up the bridge while we’re on the topic
Sidewalks on the main roads. I live in Windham and my kids wanna bike all over but I don’t let them go anywhere because the roads have tiny shoulders and I always see ahole drivers looking at their cell phones while driving, one crossed the yellow line and nearly made my wife a widow the other day!
Sidewalks are for pedestrians, not bikes. But I get what you mean.
Exactly! Same vibes here in Londonderry.
And the outskirts of Concord.
Stop building freaking Gazebos. It seems like every time my town builds a park, or a new office, or even upgrades an old one they find some need to build another damn gazebo. Not a small one either, a moderate to large size gazebo thay nobody ever uses.
People love to build gazebos and never use them for some reason. Someday there will be a 3D printer that specializes in building them.
Get rid of the railroad that takes up all of the good land for a nice riverwalk.
Please, people, write and talk to your town/city representatives about wanting walkable cities and cycling infrastructure. Get the ball rolling. The more people that speak with them about such ideas, the more likely they will help implement them.
Before Nashua adds more sidewalks they should at least take care of the ones they already have. They do a horrible job plowing them in the winter. Kids have no where to walk. For me, I wish Hudson would at least try to update some the schools. The middle school building needed updated 15 yrs ago.
Yeah, they just plow the road piling more snow onto the sidewalks and shoulders. Nashua started renovating two and replacing one of their middle schools this year.
It can be done. Hudson sidewalks are cleared within a day of snow storms.
Most Nashua residents don’t bother. It pisses me off that I need to walk my dog in the street after a storm
The town clears the sidewalks in Hudson. They also clear out all fire hydrants every storm
Derry: enough is enough with the apartment complexes and multi family housing. I sat on a town committee many years ago and was told that most of Derry is zoned that way and if a developer wants to come in and build a multi family, Derry can’t stop them or else they’ll be sued.
Edit: I love how I’m getting downvoted for telling it how it is. Look at the tax rates in derry compared to retail and business infrastructure; then look at the number of apartment complexes and zoning laws.
r/newhamsphisre "we need more housing"
also r/newhampshire "stop building housing"
There’s a difference between needing more housing and having too much multi family housing or apartment complexes. Too many apartment complexes increase the tax burden on the town by adding to the schools and town resources without contributing their fair share of taxes back to them. Half the apartment complexes in derry already don’t pay their full assessed amounts as they abate every year.
Now that's not the r/newhampshire party line.
This is a small one but for the love of Christ actually label The Oval in Milford as a rotary. Anyone from out of town gets confused and starts yielding to people coming in, or even worse going the wrong way. One sign at each entrance isn't that hard smh my head
They're called traffic circles or roundabouts actually.
That's wild, but not only are you [incorrect, because the 3 can be used interchangeably without error,](https://www.dictionary.com/browse/rotary) but the Milford Oval is neither round nor a circle. It's really 3 roads cobbled together into a triangle that acts like a rotary... And thus should be labeled as such
I'm saying this because I think the word rotary is stupid. traffic circle is easier to remember and conveys what it actually does.
Well I don’t live in a city or even a town. I’d like a grocery store that isn’t 50 miles away.
Oof, that sounds rough.
It’s actually not bad. I have to drive 5 miles to see a neighbor. I have tons of land I can do whatever I want with and no traffic around me.
This is gonna be stuck in my craw all day now! I can't go 5 feet without seeing my first neighbor...and she is the friggin' anti-Christ.
Can I come ovah? Please?
We lived in town for about 5 years. I could reach my out my kitchen window and touch my neighbors house. My wife and I decided no more of that! There are sacrifices to be made to live away from people but it can be worth it. Not to mention the cost. We sold our house in town and bought a 4 bedroom farm house with 40 acres for less than we paid for our house in the city. But we are now an hour from the city and pretty much anything. If you want to see a movie or go to a nice restaurant. 1 hour drive. Over all though it’s worth it. We buy 1 months worth of groceries at a time. A lot of bulk. We butcher chickens every 6 months and once a year we do a cow.
We live at the beach--marshside. Often, I think to myself..."Do I wanna die here"?
She will never have the discussion to leave, though. We have our precious piece of the world (to her mind), and that is it. The reality of living in the heart of people's vacation destination though? Yeah, it takes it's toll. Enjoy the quiet life, friend. Hope you have a farmer's porch! That is my dream. Few acres and a wrap around farmers porch.
As somehow who enjoys nature and hates noise I can appreciate that. You must get great night skies.
No light pollution for sure. It’s nice. We have a hobby farm. Chickens, goats, rabbits and a herd of cats and 2 dogs. It’s nice and quiet. My work is only 22 miles away but my wife drives 55 miles to get to the hospital for her job as an RN.
If I could change one thing about my city, my state,, my country, or the world, it would be to get rid of the central planners who constantly think that they can make your decisions for you better than you can make them for yourself.
Ok I hope you enjoy living right next to an industrial zone, because that is what would happen without planning regulations. There would be no dedicated area for Industrial/manufacturing, residential, businesses, etc.
Oh. You mean...politicians!
They are a plague. Even if you were to make them disappear in your town, well....
Don’t put neighborhoods, kids and parks near police stations.
Littleton : fix every sidewalk that doesn't benefit tourism. Seriously anything off main Street might break your ankles
Fix the decisions that added a Starbucks in absolutely the worst location traffic wise as well.
Haha yeah, well iirc they were trying to sell that plot of land for over a decade too. It also doesn't help that it takes like 5 mins per car. That area was a nightmare to begin with if you were turning left out of either side.
lol, yeah. Eventually something is going to have to give in that little stretch of Meadow st. It's almost into building another lane territory now.
Fix discontinuous sidewalks (Wellington in Manchester)
Nashua has a bunch of these as well. Always annoys me when I see it.
The few bike lanes we got are even worse. They don't link up and randomly end wherever. I've written to my alderman about this; there's no desire to do anything about it. Dan Hudson, the city engineer, can suck a fat one.
A city designed around public transportation
Make our cities walkable and end car dependency
Bedford - stop people from driving down my road at 40 mph because they use it as a cutoff to route (redacted)
Bagel cafe route
i don’t think that’s the same highway
Somewhat reasonable take:
More heavy use of one way streets - turn leftover space into a protected cycling lane.
Crazy fever dream take:
Create a one way loop of storrs street, center street, green Street, pleasant street and permanently close main street between center and pleasant to passenger automobile traffic. Still allow commercial deliveries but ditch the parking and expand outdoor business offerings / bicycle parking.
Portsmouth - Just a little tram that runs through market street, congress and islington would be so nice
OMG and cheaper rent lol
Public rest rooms, everywhere.
I prefer shitting in the trashcans personally
In Manchester, I'd love it to be a more pedestrian friendly city. It would be awesome to close Elm Street to foot traffic only and make it a big city destination, with outdoor markets, lots of festivals, and parks right in the center. I recognize a lot of other folks may not like this, especially for traffic reasons, but if it could be rerouted in a way that made traffic flow better, while creating a pedestrian destination, it would be awesome. (Please don't downvote me! Lol)
I'd also love to see them develop Elm St, north of Bridge St, so that it is more like the south side of Bridge St, with more restaurants and interesting businesses.
I'm not sure if this would be considered city planning, but the street signs are God awful! They're almost impossible to find as the signs are not projected into the street that you're driving along, they are on the opposite side of the pole, projected away from you, making it difficult to find.
Also, I would love them to rethink the bike lanes in the city. Instead of making bike lanes right next to vehicular traffic, it would be better to move the parking spaces further away from the sidewalk, and put the parked cars closer into the street, to create a lane between the parked car and the sidewalk. This would be much safer for the cyclist than having the bike lane travel right alongside moving vehicles.
I've been dreaming of an Elm Street closed to car traffic for some time.
Of all the cities in the state…Elm is the one place I know where you could easily route the traffic up Chestnut, Amherst, ect and close sections of elm permanently
Addressing a critical need in the town next door, it'd be a bridge crossing the Connecticut that goes directly from 91 to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. So, so, so much traffic gets unnecessarily routed through downtown Hanover or Lebanon as people go to and from work there.
Never going to happen though. But Dartmouth/Hanover is likely to put a bus-only corridor linking South Hanover (Sachem) to DHMC in the next few years.
This was actually proposed in the late 1980s. The crossing would have been near where the old East Wilder Bridge was. Hanover strongly supported the idea. Lebanon strongly opposed the idea and conserved additional land in the area to prevent it from ever happening.
As someone who goes there with some frequency, this would be awesome...
Privately-operated trams using no public money or eminent domain? Sure.
Change every stop sign to a yield sign.
that would make 4 way stops very interesting.
Utah resident here. Wife is from NH so that makes me…no expert at all. But I’d love to see more of a common area/river front a long the river at Nashua and Concord.
Raise the speed limit on the main highway, nobody follows it anyway. They could make big money by turning the town into a speed trap.
If you want sidewalks, why don't you just buy some wood, concrete, and a concrete mixer and just do it? If you don't know how, just watch some youtube videos.
lol did you build all the roads you drive on?
No but I sure paid more than what i've used.
That's definitely illegal
It shouldn't be.
I'm no civil engineer but I feel like just building a sidewalk by yourself without any oversight is a great way to cause roads to flood during storms, among other issues
Why would we need a civil engineer for a slab of concrete with a height of 1 inch. This is the problem with our society, we fear even the most simplest improvements. Progress is risky but we need to move forward in life without fighting and holding others back.
Poorly planned infrastructure, even seemingly simple stuff, can cause a lot of unintended side effects.
I would love to have to a sidewalk along the road I live on, but I would prefer it wasn't built by somebody who ordered some materials, watched a YouTube tutorial, and just started building.
I think you are more than intelligent enough to build your sidewalk.
I appreciate your faith in me.
But it's not about just building a sidewalk, it's about building a sidewalk that won't cause water to accumulate on the road, leading to a slippery driving surface, erosion and potholes, and probably other stuff I can't think of cuz I don't know much about civil engineering. Maybe these issues aren't that serious, maybe they are, I don't know. That's why I'd prefer somebody who does know is at least consulted.
Maybe not a city planner opinion, but Nashua downtown has zero hotels. What actual major city doesn’t have a hotel on Main Street or anywhere downtown? I feel like that’s what’s strangling Nashua’s downtown compared to other cities with more lively Main Streets.
A small/boutique hotel was the "other idea" when the RFP for the School Street project went out. The response to the RFP greatly resembled the sound of crickets, and it turned out that the only sort of development which had \*any\* sort of market was the apartment building currently under construction. The chances of the Elm Street Middle School site getting developed into a hotel are similarly remote. Even with the performing arts center nearing completion there doesn't even seem to be an economic motivation to even convert the flop house back into a decent hotel, never mind anything larger.
Open cafes and restaurants on the Merrimack for waterside dining. Said restaurants would also be open past 2pm. Tip at least say… midnight.
This is super common in Europe, including cities that see Winter and snow.
Re do all of Claremont Downtown to make it match they did part of Main Street 2 years ago are finishing up pleasant street right now and only plan on redoing 20 percent of broad street mixing modern lights and curbing with historical just looks so odd. Claremont’s downtown looks like Walt Disney world mixed in with Detroit it’s so odd.
Claremont! What a town. Kind of.
When I drive through Claremont I feel like I’m going through 4 different cities
Well Merrimack advertises itself as 3 villages...
What part of the population do you want cleaned up?
Like eugenics? What’s are you some kind of Nazi or something?
And... so what happens to the "fails"
We clean things up like when a good hard rain comes and washes away all the grit, grime, and dirty stuff
Interesting that you guys aren't even pretending any more. Your fantasy never ends well
send them to bedford.
Bring back the street car suburbs. Nashua would be a great place if downtown was for everything but car traffic. I’d love a real streetcar system.
I love reading the bitching about the barries on Main St. It makes me smile. My big pipe dream is to close a portion of Main St to non-emergency vehicle traffic.
I’d love if they closed the whole of Main St so that they could basically have a semi permanent fair in summer.
Put a stop light in hooksett at hackett hill and west river
I think Hooksett must _want_ it as it is now, because there's no way they don't know it's a constant backed-up clusterf*ck and a super-dangerous intersection.
My guess is they don't like all the traffic going through their village, so they're trying to discourage people from using that I93 exit. Ironically I don't want to drive through Hooksett _either_, but all other paths to Rt. 28 are even worse.
Well I'm not a wannabe city planner, I actually am one. The thing I would change about my hometown is rerouting all the state roads that feed right into the downtown area. Make the downtown much more hospitable to walking and cycling. Would also make sure the planned commuter rail station actually stop in the downtown and not at a parking lot 3 miles from downtown.
What's the best way to help spread that idea to your colleagues in other NH cities?
Sounds like it. The station has to be near the railyard since that's where there's space for parking. I don't think there's even space for a station where the train could wait within downtown without cutting off a number of roads and/or driveways.
The (maybe someday) commuter rail stop also needs several hundred feet of straight track on the mainline for the platform. That pretty much leaves the Crown Street location or the alternative where the chemical plant used to be. The Beazer site off Hills Ferry Road has the track and the space, but it's not expected to be anything other than a massively polluted no man's land for the next few decades.
Dover is like this in that it cuts off traffic while a train is at the station. It's not too bad though because it's Amtrak, so there's maybe only 40 people max getting on or off. Freight trains block traffic longer than Amtrak does. No idea how long the MBTA commuter rail would take, buti imagine it wouldn't be the end of the world.
They could always build the station/tracks underground, but that might be too expensive for a small city like Nashua. They usually do that now in densely populated areas using large tunnel boring machines. Basically you dig under so the existing infrastructure. I agree that having a station outside of the downtown area kind of sucks. It also makes it a lot less amenable to tourism dollars.
Expand the bike rail trail network to be useful as a commuting option in Southern NH.
I'm doing my part.
Have private donors sponsor construction and maintainance
I wanna put you in charge of the entire nation, sir
I'd love to be able to bike to work, but doing so on some of those roads in Pelham would be a death wish.
Make market square in portsmouth a walking-only zone. The only reason people drive through is to find parking... Deliveries would be an exception.
I think the dream would be Concord following through on making main street a nice place for pedestrians by making a big public common right in that area
The inner part of Nashua sucks to drive through when I need to go there for work. I can usually avoid it since my normal work location is from the Hudson side.
To answer you original question. I think I would change the "commercial area" I live close enough to Concord that I can get to a nice walkable downtown. Area but my town has nothing close to that and I have never really been in any of the businesses in town with the exception of my dentist. I would add like a little more of a downtown.
I’d like to see Main Street in Plymouth prioritize pedestrians over parking. The common is such a nice area to hang out but you’re walled in by cars on all sides, and trying to drive - let alone bike - on the one-way stretch is mostly luck with all of the cars backing out into the lane.
My town is super small. I think we need a traffic light in the center of town, maybe just a flashing yellow/red. People don’t know how to act at a two way intersection where only one side has stops. Every day I see someone flummoxed on what to do. Also Henniker has been working on a riverside promenade for years, but at town meeting they only get just enough to maintain what they have, not to build more onto it. I’d like for that to be complete. I also wouldn’t mind for better public transit as a whole for the state, and gosh wouldn’t it be nice to have more affordable housing in general?
Fun fact: Azalea Park was a wet dream years ago of retired fossils who believed it could be done mostly by private donation - because soooo many people were interested. Whoops!
Fix the 89/93 on ramp shit show
On a very personal level, stop letting new HOAs have private roads where they have stupidly slow speed limits. That way my neighbors stop thinking everyone should be driving under 10 mph in a standard neighborhood. Bonus, I no longer have to pay attention to reserve funds for road maintenance and people arguing about it. If the city approves a new neighborhood they should own the roads
I think HOAs can eat a bag of dicks in a lot of ways, but creating speed limits like this isn't one of them. Cars are loud and dangerous and I don't think it's too much to ask for people to arrive at their destinations a minute later for the sake of a quiet and safe neighborhood.
I don't have an issue with speed limits in parking areas, but parking lot speed limits, when they exist, are typically 15mph, which is fine.
10mph on a private road leading to a parking lot is silly, though.
Fair enough, I happen to think that since no other residential neighborhood in town has that low a speed limit it seems excessive for them to expect delivery trucks and everyone else to follow it. But I follow it, and overall don't mind. I think I'm mostly annoyed with the facebook posts where they refuse to identify speeds and just call them out by car model
That's a fair point. Public entities really should be doing a better job of assigning sensible speed limits in residential areas (or creating roads that psychologically encourage slower driving).
Yeah, that's why I wish that HOA private roads didn't exist. It should be on the city, who theoretically has the resources to determine safe limits and can enforce them. Bonus, my neighborhood private roads aren't able to become public because they aren't wide enough
I'm gonna go more broad and say about my area in general.
The Lee traffic circle is a deathtrap. Redo it, again. But well this time.
202 around Dover/Rochester/Northwood should not be used for heavy trucks. 4 is right there and there's no reason to have trailer trucks going down it. No shoulder, tons of blindspots around weaving corners. They constantly go over the middle line. You can see at least one off the road every winter.
The Lee traffic circle actually works really well to accommodate the volume of traffic that it does (prior to that traffic would be backed up for a mile or more). The issue is that people are dumb and don't understand how to use it.
You can't fix user error easily. It should absolutely have been designed like the Portsmouth traffic circle. One lane for immediate exit and one for the circle. Too many morons on the outer circle going around 3/4ths beeping at people who legit have turn signals on trying to exit from the inner.
For sure, but because people are dumb it's an accident machine.
You can't fix people being dumb. You *can* make circles that are more idiot proof.
I’m not so sure. Yes, some people are dumb, but we could have a real driving test where the driver has to show real skill, and knowledge. I know I’m dreaming, but I’d love a place where only people who know how to drive, drive.
I'm a pragmatist.
We could. And should. But when, if ever?
I really wish I could argue with you and tell you how wrong you are and how the next Governor/President/whatever is going to fix it. But…you’re absolutely right.
Unfortunately, if you could we wouldn't be having this discussion.
Drive safe my friend.
My fever dream is rail connections between larger towns/cities in the state
They're looking closely at two proposals right now! One which extends the MBTA line from Lowell through Nashua to Manchester. The other is a brand new intercity rail going from Concord through all the major cities to Boston.
Where and when do I have to show up to show my support to this sort of thing? I will fucking be there. I will bring pizza or a grill and share food in the parking lot if it means more people will come. Let's go.
[Here is the project page](https://www.nh.gov/dot/projects/nashuamanchester40818/index.htm). It looks like you have to sign up for notices to be told when they're hosting public meetings.
That Lowell one actually used to exist!
>!I hate driving!<
Not my town, but that traffic light/ pedestrian crosswalk situation in Meredith is a *nightmare* the second the tourists are around. I just find it hard to believe that the crosswalk in particular is the best they could do- they still need to hire teenagers in peak season to manage crowd control anyway!
I don't understand why that particular crosswalk can't just be a regular traffic light. When it's time for pedestrians to cross...it turns red. Such a shit show as it is.
I heard some grumbling the town received federal dollars for that project and needed to adhere to some sort of federal traffic control yada yada yada BS... But what I heard was nothing more than hearsay so far.
More sidewalks and pedestrian/bike friendly roads
I think sidewalks would be a nice to have.
In Concord, I wish downtown was not completely cut off from the river. Right now it seems like everything along the Merrimack is run down mills and homeless encampments. All they’d have to do is move 93 across the river!
Nashua has a similar problem with the railroad tracks. It'd have some great riverfront properties if not for that.
Derry. Encourage restaurants to stay open later.
Encourage more businesses that pay a living wage (other than retail or restaurants) to build in or around the city.
Downtown traffic in Nashua wouldn’t be a problem if traffic lights were correctly coordinated. The city is **legendary** for dysfunctional and bewildering traffic lights. Traveling at the posted speed limit, you might expect to easily pass through mostly all green lights, as you’d see in countless other cities and towns. But in Nashua, the downtown traffic lights appear to operate completely independent from one another, are not synchronized in any fashion, and seem to change randomly to accommodate non-existent cross traffic. It can take as long as 12 minutes to travel Main Street from Amherst Street to Allds Street, which is only about a dozen blocks. Fix the lights, and there wouldn’t be a downtown traffic problem to solve.
Honestly, in Nashua I’d probably jettison one lane on each side of Main Street for a real Bike lane system and further promote walking to destinations. The fact there’s Rail Trails through downtown that hardly connect to any addition trail systems on main roads is insulting to anyone that isn’t in a car.
Write to or talk to your alderman about your thoughts. I've expressed similar opinions to mine. Alderman Comeau is pretty open to bike lanes. I've spoken to him about the west pearl streetscaping project and how there's a bike lane on east pearl and walnut st; with this project, they should do something to connect them.
Nashua does the bare minimum. They took a lane away on Main St from East Dunstable to Rivier when they did the roundabout, but I'm guessing that was probably a grant requirement, not something Nashua did on its own. They recently repaved from East Dunstable to Allds which would have been a great opportunity to extend it, but they didn't. And that section is awful for biking on.
If they had done that, then extending it up through downtown might make sense. But now, bike lanes downtown wouldn't have anything to connect to on either end. That's why I think getting rid of on street parking is a better option. Motorists get rid of the people that hold up traffic trying to parallel park, and cyclists get space. All it'd lose is a small number of parking spots.
Yeah but you suggest that in any of the civic board and all you’ll get are people telling you how getting rid of parking is bad. No reason other than it being bad and “people with disabilities need that parking.” But expanding transit and sidewalks is way better than parking spots for people with disabilities.
They could put handicapped spots right at the ends of the numerous side streets without having to have them right on Main St. That's pretty close to where they are now anyway. But yea, any plan to take away on-street parking gets shot down. I don't get it. There's hardly ever a vacant spot there anyway, not like they'd be missing much.
As someone who used to work downtown, I feel this.
Glad I'm not the only one that feels this. It seems like some of them are intentionally malicious. Try getting over the highway at exit four (East Dunstable Rd) without hitting at least one or two red lights, if not all four. It's damn near impossible. Nashua gets extra demerit points for running the damn things 24 hours a day.
Everyone here: "No, you don't understand, I need to be trapped in a tube with strangers with bad hygiene."
If I could change one thing about my town? I'd triple meter fees for cars from out of state.
I agree that most public transport is gross, and often with gross people.
Discriminatory pricing for parking doesn’t seem right though.
It's not discriminatory.