January 24, 2021

City Council Hits Brakes On Plans For Bicycle Playground

Plans to build a bicycle playground at Concord Community Park faced resistance Tuesday night from the City Council, which chose to postpone a vote on the proposal until a future meeting.

Council members focused on the possible operating and maintenance costs of the project, which would be built and paid for by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority through its Street Smarts Diablo program, as well as impacts near its proposed location on Cowell Road.

The CCTA is proposing what it described as a “miniature street-scape” within the park with bicycle-sized “roads,” scaled-down signals and traffic signs and other markings to help would-be riders learn how to navigate busy pathways and roadways.

The bicycle playground might end up going to another city, though, unless the council members get on board with Concord Community Park as the location.

Council members asked if other parks in the city were better options for the

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Brunswick council discusses recent rash of car thefts

BRUNSWICK, Ohio — In his report to City Council during the Oct. 12 regular council meeting, City Manager Carl DeForest gave an update on a rash of car thefts throughout Ohio in recent weeks, including nine in the past five weeks in Brunswick.

“Investigators think it is a coordinated effort of gangs in Cleveland, Akron and Columbus,” DeForest said. “Three (of the recent thefts in Brunswick) happened over the weekend of Sept. 11, and in three cases they (the cars) had the windows open and the keys in the ignition.”

DeForest said common-sense precautions, such as locking vehicles and not leaving valuables in sight inside the car, are often the best defense.

“And if you see anything suspicious, call police at 330-225-9111 and give as much of a description as possible,” he said.

Councilman-at-Large Joe Delsanter echoed DeForest’s concerns.

“This uptick in car thefts is a regional issue now and

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Council To Consider ‘Bicycle Playground’ With Mini Street System

The Concord City Council on Tuesday night could decide to endorse the concept of a bicycle playground — a network of small-scale bicycle-sized “roads” within Concord Community Park — where children and adults riding bikes would be able to learn the rules of the road.

The park would be built and paid for by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority through its Street Smarts Diablo program. The city of Concord would be responsible for programming, operations, controlling reserved use and ongoing maintenance.

CCTA proposes building what is described as a “miniature street-scape” with the roads and their scaled-down signals, traffic signs, road markings, bus stops, bike lanes, railroad crossings and other real-life traffic markers and obstacles.

“Learning to bicycle by navigating busy roadways, amidst real-life traffic, may discourage would be riders and has the potential for grave consequences for those willing to try,” according to a Street Smarts Diablo news release.

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