Why Protected Bike Lanes?
Separated from traffic by landscaping, parked cars, or other treatments, protected bicycle facilities are increasing being adopted across the United States as decision makers, planners, and community members become aware of their many benefits to public safety, health (physical and mental), and the environment. Over the past few years alone the Cities of Austin, Chicago, Seattle, Boston, New York, Indianapolis, San Francisco, and Minneapolis, to name a few, have all invested in protected bicycle lanes.
- Orange Grove
- Del Mar
The study compiled data on existing traffic volumes, parking spaces, traffic lanes, and street widths, and then estimated the cost and impact to automobile vehicular capacity of different types of bicycle infrastructure (e.g., buffered bike lane, protected bike lane - aka "cycle track"). Below is an example for a stretch of Green St. from Pasadena Ave (border of Old Pasadena) and Los Robles Ave.
Along the lines of the PasCSC Greenway Plan, which would create a network of comfortable, low- and slow traffic neighborhood streets providing vulnerable road users like bicyclists safe alternative routes across town, the consulting team also looked at several north-south corridors as potential "bike boulevards." Four residential streets were examined, including 3 potential "Greenways" previously identified by PasCSC as strong candidates for Complete Street and stormwater capture improvements.
- El Molino
- Sierra Bonita
The need for safety improvements such as those outlined in this report is thus unquestionable. 3 cyclists and at least 1 pedestrian have been killed in the City over the past three years alone. And if the City is to meet its sustainability and health goals, more needs to be done to protect and encourage children and city residents to consider 2 wheels instead of 4 for short trips around town.
The report will be shared with the City's Municipal Services Committee on July 8th. A meeting for the general public should follow. Formal recommendations by staff will then be included in the Draft Bike Plan and placed before the City Council for consideration. If you'd like to weigh in on this process, please be sure to sign up for our mailing list and/or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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