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By this weekend, you should see two pop-up bicycle boulevards, one on the east and one on the west side of town.

Bicycle boulevards acknowledge the fact some streets are not cut out for bicycle travel. Instead of building a separate bike path or installing bike lanes, bicycle boulevards make low-traffic streets parallel to major arterials more bicycle-friendly.

The pop-up boulevards will have temporary signs, traffic calming features and road markings. The idea is to give people a feel of what bicycle boulevards are like. The city is holding two meetings next week to hear what residents think. You can also submit comments online. Check out the city’s web page about the project.

Here are the maps of the two pop-up locations:



Bicycle Boulevard

Bicycle Boulevard

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5 Responses to Pop-Up Bike Boulevards

  1. I saw the markings on Frost Ave last night. It was weird because the bike painting was in the middle of the road, unlike normal lanes that are on the right side.

  2. Same on Meigs, the bike drawing is nearly in the middle of the road. Meigs is really not a low traffic street either but it is safer than Goodman for a cyclist who can’t or won’t keep up with traffic. And during 6pm-7pm it’s very hairy with cars on both sides.

    I support the speed bumps, but everything else seems strange even dangerous. How do chicanes, chokers and curb extensions help? Those are just obstacles drivers and cyclists now have to dodge.

  3. Thank you for your comments. The markings are purposely placed toward the center of the lane in order to ensure that they are easily visible to drivers and bicyclists alike. With heavily used on-street parking, placement toward the curb is not an option. The purpose of the sharrows is to guide cyclists along the bike boulevard while also reminding drivers that they should expect regular bicycle traffic on these routes.

    The chicanes, chokers, and curb extensions, like the speed humps, are all intended to discourage speeding on these routes. Bike boulevards work best when cars and bikes are traveling at similar speeds. On routes with high on-street parking demand, curb modifications like these may be unnecessary and/or impractical as the parked vehicles function as traffic calming in and of themselves.

  4. October 18, 2014 at 1:25 am Lincoln DeCoursey responds:

    I like the bike lanes that the city has implemented on some bigger streets, e.g. Lyell Avenue, but I agree it makes sense to promote alternate routes for bicyclists in some cases.

    Suggested bike routes and reminders to share the road are good ideas, but stick-figure bicyclists apart from delineated bike lanes are of limited value. I hope that the city will continue to implement bike lanes where feasible.

    My favorite streetpaint-based traffic calming project was BoulevArt. The city seems to have let this die out as a formal project after the Highland Park event; only NOTA seems to be doing anything to keep this idea alive with a couple of streetpainting parties in the past couple of years.

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