The City’s Traffic Commission heard questions from City residents and reviewed a conceptual plan for bike lanes on a portion of Chestnut Street at its November 10th meeting. More than a hundred residents attended the meeting, where Public Works Director Charlotte Katzenmoyer talked about a possible pilot project to test a two-way bikeway for one year. The pilot could begin as early as next spring, pending approval by the Traffic Commission. The section of West Chestnut Street between College Avenue and Mulberry Street is being considered as a location for the pilot bikeway because the street was recently repaved and re-striped.
Mayor Gray, who also serves as Chair of the Traffic Commission, expressed gratitude to residents for participating in the meeting. “This was a very productive discussion, with great questions. There’s a lot of support for our decision to establish bike lanes in the City. This meeting was a good first step in making sure we get it right.”
A second neighborhood meeting to discuss bike lanes will be held at Reynolds Middle School on December 9 at 7:00 pm. Please help spread the word.
Click here to download an FAQ answering the questions listed below that were raised during the November 10th meeting and in the days that followed.
How will people in wheelchairs be able to access RRTA vans in front of the Unitarian Church, since the van lift now goes directly to the sidewalk?
How will snow removal be handled? Will Chestnut Street still be a Snow Emergency Route?
How will bikes handle cars pulling out onto Chestnut Street from the south?
Why do you have yield signs at intersections since cyclists in street don’t need to yield?
How will sight distances be handled for cars pulling out of cross streets?
How will the College Avenue intersection be handled? With signals?
If the pilot is not successful, will it be removed?
What types of signage will be used on side streets?
Will this slow traffic for commuters and people driving into the city?
How many bikes actually use these cycle tracks?
Is this to increase safety for bicycle commuters now or to increase the number of cyclists commuting?
Won’t the Yield signs send a mixed message?
How do we get children to obey the Yield sign?
What do the downtown merchants think of the bikeway?
Why not convert Chestnut Street to two-way traffic?
How will backing out of driveways be handled?
Will there be improved lighting at intersections?
Were traffic counts done in the morning when commuters are coming into the city?
Why was Chestnut Street striped the way that it is now compared to before the new paving?
Is the city considering the safety of residents?
When would the bikeway be completed?
How far will the bikeway go?
Will joggers be allowed in the bike lane?
Will school buses that turn onto Nevin St be able to make this turn safely?
And will parking be lost at this intersection to maintain turning radius?
Will speed bumps be used to control speeds for cyclists and to alert drivers?
Won’t narrow lanes increase accidents for everyone?
Do fatal accidents in the city happen primarily on wider roads?
Will the police department, fire department, and other emergency services get to review this pilot before it’s installed?
How wide is a typical car?
How wide is a ladder fire truck?
How wide is a trash truck?
How will the City handle trash collection?