Lock you doors and your sheds!

Neighbors,

This is a reminder to secure you car doors and lock your sheds. Never leave anything valuable in plain sight in your car. We had several thefts from the neighborhood this past week. You can follow crimes on your smartphone by downloading the RAIDS Online app or visiting the website: www.raidsonline.com 

If you see anything suspicious, call 9-1-1 while it is happening. We are the eyes and ears for the police department especially when it comes to car and alley thefts. Calling a week later really isn’t helpful unless you have a lot of detail. If your car is rifled through but nothing stolen, still report it. It helps police track the path that may go in front of a home camera system.

Another useful smartphone app is Nextdoor.com. As with all apps adjust your email preferences in order to avoid an insane number of emails! Weekly digests are good.

Lastly, we are trying to rebuilding our neighborhood phone/email tree for neighborhood watch. Please take a moment to fill out this quick survey.

Take care,
Randolph Neighborhood Association

National Night Out 2016 Fun!

Thank you to all the neighbors, RPD Police, VCU Police, the Richmond Fire Department, vendors, and our donation supporters (Eck, Del. Betsy Carr, Councilman Parker Agelasto, Jenkins Funeral Home, and Target) that made it out to this year’s National Night Out event on Tuesday night. And huge THANK YOU to the planning team! Everyone had a great time and you can check out more pictures on our Facebook page shared from our Councilman Parker Agelasto’s Facebook page. If you took photos, please share them on our Facebook page. 
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Plan ahead next’s 2017 NNO will take place on Tuesday, August 1, 2017!

Justin & Ronald determining if the hotdogs are done or not!

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Sebastian & Ms. Jones checking neighbors in and handing out raffle tickets.

 

 

Neighbors from the retirement community next to the Community Center enjoying all the action.

 

 

 

Ms. Marian & Ms. Alma handing out water.

 

Our next neighborhood meeting is Monday, September 19th at 6:30pm in the Randolph Community Center. Join us!

Let’s build a phone tree!

Randolph Neighbors – let’s build a phone tree! We love the idea of bringing back block parties and hanging out with our neighbors. Please click on the following link for fill out the quick survey: PHONE TREE LINK

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National Night Out – Tuesday, August 2nd

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Police to conduct active shooter training exercise on Monroe Park Campus

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The Virginia Commonwealth University and City of Richmond police departments will conduct an active shooter training exercise Wednesday, Aug. 3, on the Monroe Park Campus.

VCU Police Chief John Venuti emphasized the need for training on campus given that active shooter incidents continue to be a threat to communities nationwide.

“Active shooter incidents are a threat that is not going away and campus law enforcement agencies need to prepare for them,” said Venuti. “By training with Richmond Police on a VCU campus we’re working on critical interoperability needs that arise in these crisis situations.”

The daylong exercise consists of a simulated emergency in which a single shooter is inside the Shafer Street Playhouse. The exercise will be realistic, with simulated sounds inside the building, including gunfire and crowd panic.

This training gives police the opportunity to practice a coordinated response to a VCU building, which is critical in an active shooter incident.

Multiple communications, including a mass mail to the VCU community and social media posts, are being issued in advance of the exercise to increase awareness. There will be two road closures and limited pedestrian traffic in and around the playhouse between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

  • Franklin Street will be closed between Harrison and Laurel streets from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Vehicle access will be closed to Shafer Street between Franklin and Grace streets during the same time.
  • The area around the Shafer Street Playhouse will be clearly marked with signs and security officers will be on-site to answer questions and direct pedestrian traffic.
  • Pedestrian traffic between Franklin Street and the Shafer Street Playhouse will be closed intermittently while the exercise is in session.
The Shafer Street Playhouse.

Sad News

Long time Randolph resident Ms. Marian Jones’ son has passed away after a long illness.  The viewing will be held at Wilson’s Funeral Home, on Monday August 1, 2016  from 12 noon to 8 pm.  The funeral service will be Tuesday, August 2nd at 11:00 am.  Wilson’s Funeral Home is located at 5008 Nine Mile Road, Richmond, VA 23223, phone number 804-221-1720.

Please keep Ms. Marian and her family in your prayers.

Sharing is Caring

Dear Randolph Neighbors,

We are looking for neighbors who would like to provide content for the Randolph website and this weekly digest. This does not mean 500 word essays!

Do you know of a cool event happening in or nearby? Would you like to share some history from the area? Would you like to throw a block party and let your neighbors know? Education on native plants? Trees? Or bicycle safety? Congratulating a Randolph honor roll student? Kids getting accepted or graduating from college? All of these are great things to share with your neighbors.

Please email your blurb to randolphrva(at)gmail.com. If you would like to help us update the website, please be sure to express interested in that too!

Thank you,
Randolph Neighborhood Association

Contra Flow Bike Lane on Grayland Avenue

The city has come to several Randolph Neighborhood Association meetings and contacted neighbors along Grayland Ave over the past few years. RNA supports the increased safety for bicyclists within Randolph. The changes are slated for this fall. We can answer questions at our September 19th meeting. Below is the initial description provided. We will send out additional information soon.

Grayland Avenue Bike Lane Improvements
(Between Addison St. and Harrison St.)

“The City of Richmond has a goal to incorporate bicycling and walking as viable methods of transportation on city streets. The Mayor’s Community Wealth Building initiative, the Mayor’s Healthy Richmond initiative, the Mayor’s Pedestrian, Bicycle and Trails Commission, the city’s Strategic Multi-modal Transportation Plan (Richmond Connects) and the city’s Bike Master Plan all support more bike infrastructure such as bike lanes in

Many roadways in urban areas were originally built without bike lanes. These roadways often act as deterrents to bicycle travel and may cause conflicts between bicyclists and motorists. Other U.S. cities comparable to the Richmond region far surpass us in the miles of bicycle infrastructure.

We feel the needs of cyclists can be accommodated on Grayland Avenue by striping the existing roadway to add a Westbound contra-flow bike lane and sharrow markings Eastbound. A contra-flow lane allows safe two-way bike traffic on a one-way street. Grayland frequently has bicyclists riding against traffic due to the direct and efficient travel and access that it affords between Byrd Park and the Randolph community. Adding a contra-flow lane will address the safety issues associated with this existing traffic pattern. Adequate parking spaces will remain. Bicycle guide signs will be added at key locations. Grayland’s width changes from 24’ to 32’ in several places.

Benefits of bike lanes:

Grayland Ave bike lane - fact sheet– Increases bicyclists’ comfort and confidence on busy streets

– Creates separation between bicycles and automobiles

– Increases predictability of bicyclist and motorist positioning and interaction

– Increase total capacities of streets carrying mixed bicycle and motor vehicles traffic

– Creates a connection to other bikeways and will help expand the city’s network to make it safer and easier for more people to get to work, school and other places

– Making cycling more widely accessible for people of all ages and abilities encourages more people to get active and creates a healthier community”

 

National Night Out 2016

Randolph will be holding its final NNO planning meeting tomorrow night (7/28) at 6:30pm in the Randolph Community Center.

We need help passing out the flyers below door to door. Please email randolphrva@gmail.com if you can take over your block. We will drop the flyers off at your door, if needed. We are also in need a few grills for the night of the event.

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Richmond Transit Network Plan Meetings

Hello Randolph RVA:

We wanted to let you know about the important work going on with the Richmond Transit Network Plan. With the upcoming opening of GRTC Pulse, the city has an opportunity to rethink its transit system with the new BRT service on Broad and Main Streets. The Richmond Transit Network Plan will serve as a blueprint to update the Richmond’s transit system and redesign bus routes in the city over the next few years.

Over the past couple of months our team has been hard at work developing concepts to redesign the City’s bus system. We recently released our concepts and now we’re asking for your thoughts. For an overview of the three concepts and what’s behind them read our blog post: “Visualizing Transit Choices”.

You can learn a lot more at our Concepts Overview page and compare how the concepts affect your access to the city at our Compare page. At this stage of the plan we are asking you to weigh how these concepts fit your priorities for the City’s transit network. Do you want just a little change or a lot? Do you want to focus on reaching the most people even if it means less frequent service? Or do you want to concentrate service to get the highest ridership?

Let us know by attending one of our eight public meetings (details below) or complete our online survey available on our home page: http://www.richmondtransitnetwork.com.

We invite you to attend one of our upcoming public meetings! All meetings are from 6-8PM with a presentation at 7PM

  • August 3 at Powhatan Community Center, 5051 Northampton Street
  • August 4 at Community High School, 201 East Brookland Park Boulevard
  • August 8 at Fairfield Boys and Girls Club, 2506 Phaup Street
  • August 9 at Hillside Court Community Center, 1500 Harwood Street
  • August 10 at Mosby Court Community Center, 1543 Coalter Street
  • August 24 at Calhoun Community Center (Gilpin), 436 Calhoun Street

And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter! Thanks and we hope to see you at our upcoming meetings!

Sincerely,

Scudder Wagg

Consultant Project Manager for Richmond Transit Network Plan

http://www.richmondtransitnetwork.com/