At the city council 2:30PM work session today, Public Works staff will report Bike Plan progress to the council, and the council members will discuss and give direction back to staff. The new priorities are listed as:
1. Windsor (Old North to Bonnie Brae)
2. Sycamore (DCTA station to UNT)
3. To Be Determined
4. Oak & Hickory.
The Windsor proposal is simply a redirection of county bike plan funds, and it will add bike lanes without removing any parking. The Sycamore route also uses county money, but from Commissioner Andy Eads, and the focus is on designating a route between the downtown transit center and UNT. Since Sycamore has no signal at Carroll, the new proposal favors Mulberry as a designated, non-bike lane route. (The Mulberry/Carroll timing and activation are also problematic)
Lastly, the Oak & Hickory bike lane proposal brings a new, untimely challenge. City staff says the roads need to be re-designated as “commercial collectors”, and that will require a $35,000 traffic consulting study. That’s nearly 18% of the total $200,000 allocated for the bike plan first year.
Oak & Hickory will be studied to determine if they can be re-designated as a commercial collector. If these roads can be re-designated there will be one way bike lanes on Oak and Hickory. The cost of the traffic study for this type of re-designation is estimated in the $35,000 range. Staff will work with a traffic consultant to verify the cost associated with this type of study.
I know that the priority is the UNT commuters, but I sure wish we could do something about State School Road. I commute from Robinson to the town center and that is the most dangerous part of my commute without a doubt. It makes me wonder how many people in that very heavily populated residential area are scared off of commuting by bike because of it.
Great happening! Thanks for the update!
On Tue, Aug 14, 2012 at 1:28 AM, Bike Dent
From Denton Development Code 35.20.2.A.4-5:
Secondary arterial. A street whose main purpose is to serve as a major route through and between different areas of the City. … Secondary arterials have two (2) through lanes plus a bicycle lane in each direction separated by a median. No parking is permitted. Driveway access to single-family and two-family dwelling units is not permitted. …
Primary arterial. A street, including Interstate Highway Service Roads, whose main purpose is to serve as a major route into, out of or across the City. … Primary arterials have at least three (3) lanes plus a bicycle lane in each direction separated by a median. … No parking is permitted. …
Arterials are supposed to have bike lanes, there is no need to designate Oak and Hickory something else in order to put bike lanes on them.
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