Main/Columbia Design Options
Aug 9, 2019 —
I had the pleasure of attending last night's presentation of the conceptual design for the Main/Columbia segment of the Complete Streets Project.
It is mostly very good. However, there were 2 versions presented, Option 1 (the good one) and Option 2 (the inferior option). I sent the below note to the Council Members Adam Medrano and David Blewett (as well as the City Engineers who presented) laying out the reasons why.
The gist of it is that Option 1 has one-way bike lanes that continue all the way down Main St to the DART tracks, while Option 2 stops the bike lanes at Peak St altogether and also requires a very awkward transition at Carroll Ave that greatly degrades the whole project.
I have attached a photo of the Peak St Diversion to show how the bike lane suddenly stops at Peak.
What you can do: Send a note to the Council Members and Engineers expressing your preference and support for Option 1. They are listening to community input and your voice will make a large difference in deciding the ultimate design of this project.
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Date: Fri, Aug 9, 2019 at 9:13 AM
Subject: Main/Columbia Complete Streets
To: Adam Medrano <firstname.lastname@example.org>, <email@example.com>
Cc: <firstname.lastname@example.org>, <email@example.com>
Mayor Pro Tem Medrano & CM Blewett,
I would first like to commend the City Staff for their great professionalism in handling the presentation as well as their answers and explanations provided during the Q&A session. A special thanks goes to Chiamin for taking on the toughest questions of the night.
As one of the original advocates for this bond project, I would like to express my strong support and preference for the "Option 1" design (one-way bike lanes from DART tracks to Peak St) presented last night. Option 1 is consistent with the original vision of the advocates for this project and consistent with the values expressed in the Complete Streets ethos: namely that the street should serve all users and not only autos.
Specifically, Option 2 (Two-way bike lanes from Carroll to Peak and then diversion of bike lane to Elm St) is lacking because:
1) The transition from the two-way bike lane to the one-way bike lane at Carroll Avenue is extremely awkward and would requires cyclists to cross from the north side of Columbia to the south side to continue east on Columbia, crossing one of the most awkward intersections in this corridor in the process.
2) Diverting the two-way bike lane north on Peak creates an inexplicable gap in the bike lane network between the DART Tracks and Peak and removes an important connection to the Commerce St complete streets project following on the heels of this project.
3) Cyclist access to shopping and other businesses on Main St will be curtailed because they will be diverted to the industrially zoned Elm St in this section.
Option 1 provides much better connectivity, syncs with other planned projects, and generates a more positive economic impact than Option 2.
I appreciate your support for this project and look forward to the transformation of Abrams, Main, Columbia, and Commerce St into truly complete streets.
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