Safety Issues: Painting the Greenway.
Given the fact that this whole deal is sponsored by BlueCross/Blue Shield of Minnesota, and the idea – according to the bicycle activists pushing it through – is to promote healthy living, you’d assume that would come into play in the planning and creation of this greenway project, right?
On Saturday June 11, the Greenway council held a “Paint the Pavement on the Northside Greenway” event, co-hosted with theNorth Minneapolis Bicycle Advocacy Council . Employees from BC/BS were on hand to help paint, and children were present – and painting – for photo ops (Which have since been removed from Facebook).
… and here is what that personal protection warning – per the paint’s MSDS – means:
(Thanks to Phillip Murphy for the previous 2 photos)
Now, look at some of the photos posted by Greenway Council chairperson, Alexis Pennie:
No goggles, gloves, aprons, or respirators to be seen, even though the warning on this paint is the second worst level, stopping JUST short of needing a full suit and air line mask/hood!
The thing is, the chemicals needed to make that paint adhere to pavement and withstand the elements are some pretty nasty stuff.. hence the warnings.
When this was brought up to members of the Greenway council, the City of Minneapolis HEALTH DEPARTMENT and Public Works representatives at the June meeting, we were all told:
“It’s just latex” – Public Works rep
“Well, EVERYTHING has an MSDS sheet…” – Health Department rep
“I guess we’ll have to look into that for next time…” – Health Department rep
… and other comments just shrugging it off. The Public Works rep actually LAUGHED when this was brought up that this put neighbourhood kids in danger.
Even when you look past the ugliness that these awful colours bring to our neighbourhood, the safety issues and poor planning issues go on and on. No one thought to look up what the warning meant, and plan for safety equipment.
Add that onto the Fire Department issue.
And the Hammocks issue (which were removed around a WEEK after installation, because kids were getting hurt!)
And the Driving issue..
And the fact that the police officers in attendance at the June meeting were *against* the project, telling us residents about how it’s going to hamper them from doing their jobs, increase response time, and congregate crime along the route…
The Greenway Coucil, City of Minneapolis Health Department, City of Minneapolis Public Works, and Blue Cross / Blue Shield of Minnesota have all made it PLAINLY clear that safety is not a priority.
Of course, none of them live on the route.