OUT ON MY NEW TRIKKE YESTERDAY!
I showcased some of the city’s new bike lanes downtown yesterday for news media while riding the new Trikke I bought. I started at Stewart Avenue and Third Street in front of the Mob Bar, then rode on Third Street, Ogden Avenue, Sixth Street in the new green bike lanes to Fremont Street, then east on Fremont to the Container Park.
A Trikke is a new three-wheeled personal vehicle that provides a sustainable means of transportation, and an alternative to automobiles for short trips. They can be powered by a rechargeable battery or by “human power.”
Through a cooperative effort, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) and the city of Las Vegas are constructing “Complete Street” improvements in the downtown Las Vegas area to provide safer and more convenient access for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders and motorists. As a result of these efforts, the city now has 66 downtown blocks that have bike lanes and another 41 blocks where bike lanes are under design or soon to start construction. In addition, dozens of new bike racks have been installed. These efforts have helped make biking a safer and more convenient alternative mode of transportation in the downtown area.
The newest bike lanes that will be open in the coming months will be on Garces Avenue between Main Street and Sixth Street, and on First Street between Hoover and Bridger avenues. The next project that will begin construction will be Bridger between Main and Sixth, which should begin in 3 to 6 months.
SENATOR REID APPOINTED NEVADANS TO THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON HUNGER
Nevada Senator Harry Reid announced recently he has appointed me, as well as Food Bank of Northern Nevada Director Cherie Jamason, to the National Commission on Hunger. The 10-member National Commission on Hunger was established in the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 to develop a report that focuses on new strategies to solve the problem of domestic hunger. The commission will examine ways to partner with the faith, nonprofit, and business sectors in order to help solve this national problem.
I thank Senator Reid for trusting me with this role. Too many boys and girls in Las Vegas and other big cities across the country go to bed hungry every night. As Las Vegas City Councilman, I witness each day the many challenges we face as a community. Therefore, I look forward to serving on this very important commission on hunger, working aggressively to eradicate this problem once and for all.
See the full news release online.
GEORGIA ON MY MIND: CELEBRATING RAY CHARLES
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts presents an all-star cast of performers to celebrate the life, music and undeniable spirit of Ray Charles, in honor of Black History Month. Friday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Reynolds Hall, Take 6, Nnenna Freelon, Clint Holmes,
Kirk Whalum, the Raelettes, the Las Vegas Mass Choir, and the UNLV Singers and Orchestra, conducted by David Loeb, will honor the man Frank Sinatra called “the only true genius in show business.” Ray Charles transcended racism, faced cultural upheavals head on, and helped bring jazz, blues and soul to the rest of the world. For tickets or more information, click here.
WARD 5 BLUEGRASS IN THE PARK
Sunday, March 2, 1 to 3 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Lorenzi Park Lake Band Shell, 3333 W. Washington Ave.
Bring the entire family and join me for this free event to enjoy the music of local bluegrass and acoustic bands playing traditional American music with banjos, fiddles, guitars and mandolins. For more information, call (702) 229-5443 or visit www.lasvegasnevada.gov/ward5. See the flier.
RECOMMENDING MEETING MARCH 3
The Las Vegas City Council Recommending Committee will meet to consider new bills before the City Council Monday, March 3, at 10 a.m. in the Las Vegas City Hall City Clerk’s Conference Room, located on the second floor at 495 S. Main St. The public is welcome to attend. The complete agenda is available online. Please join me for the meeting if your schedule allows.
CITY COUNCIL MEETING MARCH 5
The Las Vegas City Council will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, in Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall, located at 495 S. Main St. The complete agenda for the meeting will be available online beginning Feb. 26. There may be items on the agendas of interest to you. Please join me for the meetings if your schedule allows, or share your comments regarding agenda items online.
WARD 5 COFFEE WITH THE COUNCILMAN
Thursday, March 6, 9 to 10 a.m.
Starbucks, 751 N. Rancho Drive at Bonanza Road.
Join me for coffee and conversation on how to improve Ward 5 and the city of Las Vegas!
WARD 5 “ACCESS CITY COUNCIL” TV SHOW
The “Access City Council” television show featuring Ward 5 news, events and opportunities airs on KCLV-TV channel 2 beginning March 6. See the broadcast schedule or watch the show online at www.kclv.tv/.
FIRST FRIDAY CELEBRATION MARCH 7
Enjoy the First Friday celebration downtown in the Arts District March 7, 5 to 11 p.m. Go online for all the details.