Ever drive on a super-busy street and wonder how anyone could ride a bike next to you?
Recognizing that some streets are not compatible with bicycles, the city would like to create a “bicycle boulevard” network. It issued a Request for Proposals for a consultant to come up with such a plan.
Bicycle boulevards run parallel to major thoroughfares. The RFP says:
Bicycle boulevards, also known as “neighborhood greenways,” are a series of inter-connected streets which have been modified to provide enhanced accommodation as through streets for bicyclists while discouraging through automobile traffic.
Many of the City’s arterial and collector streets possess high traffic volumes, high parking demand, and/or constrained rights-of-way which make bicycle enhancements such as on-street bicycle lanes or shared-use lanes difficult to achieve. In such cases, the development of a parallel or “one-off” network of low-traffic, bike-friendly streets should be considered.
This website has more information about bicycle boulevards, which can include pavement markings, route branding and even street closures.
This is a cool idea, but you have to wonder if there will be any pushback from streets chosen to be alternate bike routes. On the other hand, streets with a lot of children might welcome a reduction in vehicle traffic.
Links of the Day:
– As “Amazing Spider-Man 2” films in Rochester, remember that it’s being subsidized by your tax dollars. A state assemblyman says the money should go to the disabled.
– Can pop-up shops save Rochester? I’ve always loved this idea.
– The Democrat & Chronicle left out something important from this article on its digital growth. It doesn’t say how many people pay for online-only subscriptions.
– There’s ongoing tension between the Main Street Armory and neighbors.
– J.C. Penney’s CEO was paid 1,795 times the pay of an average worker at the store.
– Crappy Job? An Albany area man wants to be the “Donald Trump of poop scoopers.” But he has some competition.