Cities planning bicycle and bus improvements
A stretch of the Karst Farm Greenway, from the Loesch Road Trailhead north to Woodyard Road, will be constructed by E & B paving company sometime in 2022. The work will probably be finished around August. The completed trail, which follows a former railroad corridor, leading from Karst Farm Park up to Ellettsville, will cover about 7 miles.
The state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has filed permitting documents for a modest road diet on a 0.8-mile segment of Memorial Drive near Harvard Square. They are proposing to construct multi- use paths and parkland improvements along an approximately 0.8-mile section of Memorial Drive from Eliot Bridge east to the intersection of Memorial Drive and John F. Kennedy Street. DCR will implement a ‘road diet’ along this section of Memorial Drive reducing the existing four lane section (two lanes each way) to one thru travel lane in each direction, thereby providing an opportunity to reallocate a portion of the existing paved roadway to multi-use paths and parkland uses.
The Community Path Extension in Somerville will be open later this year, as will the Medford branch of the Green Line Extension. The Community Path Extension will continue 2 miles to the Lechmere Green Line station. A new “pedal and park” bike parking area has been installed in the shelter of the that station. From here, an existing multi-use path continues along Morgan Avenue to North Point Park and the North Bank Bridge connection to Charlestown.
Bike infrastructure will be improved on Diversey between Logan Blvd. and Damen Ave. This will improve bike network connectivity by linking the new Logan Blvd. [protected] bike lanes to Damen Ave. with protected bike lanes in both directions. Diversey would be decreased from two travel lanes in each direction to one between Leavitt and Logan.
Thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Resources, a bike path will be constructed to connect a Naperville neighborhood with trails within the Springbrook Prairie forest preserve. Construction is expected to start soon, hopefully in time for use by summer 2022.
DOTE is sharing a set of draft maps for feedback. At the end of the year DOTE will compile one citywide map and do a second round of public engagement to collect input on priority streets, detailed designs and proposed trade-offs. Construction on these priority "near-term" projects will begin in 2023.
A project called the Clairemont-Commerce-Church Street Pedestrian Safety and Bicycle Trail improvement program kicked off in November. Construction now encompasses about a mile of Church Street, just west of Decatur Cemetery and Glenlake Park.
Expect Church Street to be reduced from four to two vehicle lanes, with wider sidewalks and separated bike lanes installed on each side. New trees will be planted in grassy areas between the bike lanes and sidewalks.
Closer to downtown Decatur, the project will improve pedestrian crossings, eliminate “slip lanes” for cars, and connect with existing bike lanes on Commerce Drive.
The work is expected to finish around May 2023.
Beginning in March, IndyGo will break ground on the bus rapid transit Purple Line. The line will connect downtown Indianapolis all the way up to Ivy Tech Community College in Lawrence near the intersection of Post Rd. and 56th St. Service is expected to begin in 2024.
The city's third planned bus rapid transit line calls for dedicated bus lanes along the majority of Washington Street from Cumberland to the Indianapolis International Airport. 70% of the corridor includes dedicated bus lanes in the left lanes of each side of the street, with the outer right lanes reserved for general purpose traffic. This would cut down Washington Street from four traffic lanes to two in most places. General traffic can, however, use the bus lanes to make turns.
The Indiana General Assembly wants to cancel the project. Senate Bill 369, authored by Republican Senators Jack Sandlin and Mike Young, would prevent IndyGo from establishing new dedicated bus lanes outside Mile Square in downtown Indianapolis.
At 6 a.m. on Jan. 24, Miami Beach plans to bring back one-way southbound traffic on about ten blocks of Ocean Drive. But longer-term changes will remain: new two-way bike lanes are being painted green, and there’s a plan to install protective infrastructure around them later this year; the city is also working with designers to create a permanent pedestrian plaza on the block that will stay closed to cars.
The City of Minneapolis Public Works recently released its final design recommendation for the Hennepin Avenue S. reconstruction project between Lake Street and Douglas Avenue. Public Works staff are recommending permanent dedicated bus lanes, wider sidewalks, more greenery and dedicated left-turn lanes (no more getting stuck behind left-turning vehicles!). The layout also includes dedicated delivery and passenger drop-off areas, shorter pedestrian crossing distances and a two-way, curb-level bike lane. Construction has been delayed a year to 2024 after consulting with the local business community still recovering from the pandemic.
There are currently more than 3,600 parking spaces on and within a half block of Hennepin. The city’s parking study shows that even in the busiest times, parking demand does not exceed 73%. Slightly less than 10% of the corridor total (roughly 340) parking spaces are slated for removal, all of which are directly on Hennepin.
This design adds bump-outs to increase visibility of pedestrians, and limits speeding and drag-racer donuts with a center median.
Jefferson School will gain a safe bike route to school for students and staff with a protected bike lane in front of the building. Similar to Lyndale Avenue south of 31st Street, dedicated left-turn lanes and a single lane of vehicle through traffic will provide better predictability for travelers.
The City of Phoenix canceled plans to widen one stretch of a downtown street and instead decided to create protected bicycle lanes months after a cyclist was killed by a drunken driver there. The city transportation department plans to build bicycle lanes along Fillmore Street between Central Avenue and Seventh Street which have a berm between vehicles and cyclists.
Phoenix's first two-way protected bicycle lanes along Third and Fifth avenues opened recently to offer a safer way to commute north and south across downtown. Still missing is a route that spans east to west.
The Fillmore project fills the gap but city officials are pushing to extend the bicycle lanes past Seventh Street to the east and Central Avenue to the west. The city plans to roll out more than 1,000 miles of bicycle lanes by 2050.
Phoenix City Council approved $4.5 million for a pedestrian safety plan to target dangerous intersections such as Sixteenth Street and Camelback Road, Nineteenth and Southern avenues, and 75th Avenue and Indian School Road.
The city created a plan to take the six-lane Broadway down to four lanes, converting the recovered space into wider sidewalks, bike lanes and shade-producing trees. The purpose is to continue providing an efficient corridor to Alamo Heights and points north while better serving the thousands of residents and visitors attracted to what is fast becoming San Antonio’s most ambitiously urban neighborhood.
The plan has been killed by Republican governor Greg Abbott as part of a plan to consolidate power at the state level, rather than at the city and county level where Democrats are more likely to hold sway.
The 1st Ave and Broad St Complete Street Extension Project will build bicycle and pedestrian improvements connecting Belltown to the Climate Pledge Arena and to the Uptown neighborhood, helping to fulfill the City's Bicycle Master Plan vision to make riding a bike an integral part of daily life in Seattle.
In coordination with the opening of the Climate Pledge Arena in 2021, this project will construct two-way protected bike lanes along Broad St between 2nd Ave and 1st Ave, and along 1st Ave between Broad St and Denny Way. This project will connect the new Climate Pledge Arena with the existing protected bike lane along 2nd Ave, which will continue to provide additional access to the Seattle Center campus at 2nd Avenue and Denny Way. This project will also connect to the 1st Ave N and Queen Anne Ave N protected bike lanes, partially completing the bike network between Belltown and Uptown neighborhoods.