tenth Avenue residents elevate issues about bike path – Information – Bedford Now – Bedford Township, Michigan
HOLLAND — The trial of a two-way, on-street cycle monitor on tenth Avenue final month spurred a whole bunch of emails and calls to metropolis corridor, with many residents voicing concern concerning the viability of constructing the cycle monitor a everlasting fixture.
The monitor is one possibility within the effort so as to add bike infrastructure to tenth Avenue as the town designs a complete reconstruction of the road and utility work, scheduled for spring 2021.
The road was recognized in a latest downtown visitors examine as a spot for an east-west hall for biking by means of the town that will join Kollen Park, downtown and Hope Faculty and will ultimately connect with a future bike path on Eighth Avenue east of Chicago Drive.
The examine urged a cycle monitor, though officers have stated they’re additionally contemplating a motorbike lane just like the one on Central Avenue for tenth Avenue, amongst different choices.
Metropolis officers have stated the cycle monitor trial was profitable in that it generated public enter and dialogue concerning the undertaking.
That dialogue, at a Thursday public assembly concerning the undertaking, centered across the “quiet, residential nature” of tenth Avenue and a need to protect their on-street parking and mature timber.
If the cycle monitor possibility is pursued, the road would have to be widened, possible ensuing within the lack of a few of these timber, and parking would possible be prohibited on one aspect of the road.
“These timber have been right here rather a lot longer than any of us have, so I simply don’t really feel it’s proper to drag them out for a motorbike path,” stated one tenth Avenue resident.
Others questioned the necessity for bike infrastructure in a residential space, saying bicyclists are already secure on the road, which has cease indicators at each cross avenue.
Visitors counts carried out by Pedal Holland discovered the variety of bicyclists per hour on tenth Avenue doubled from 7-8 per hour final 12 months to greater than 15 in the course of the cycle monitor trial, in keeping with Meika Weiss, founding board president of Pedal Holland.
Pedal Holland’s visitors counts additionally discovered that the cycle monitor introduced the variety of individuals biking on the sidewalk from 65 p.c all the way down to 12 p.c, with 83 p.c of riders utilizing the cycle monitor.
“Once we take a look at numbers like this, we are able to see who’s comfy by seeing the place they’re using,” Weiss stated. “When now we have 65 p.c of individuals on the sidewalk we all know that they aren’t comfy using on the road.”
The roughly $5 million undertaking to reconstruct tenth Avenue is predicted to be offered to Holland Metropolis Council in one of many council’s subsequent two conferences.
Metropolis engineer and transportation director Brian White advised residents at Thursday’s assembly that no matter plan the town proposes would search to reduce impacts on timber.
White additionally stated an effort to handle security issues on the intersection of Van Raalte Avenue and tenth Avenue, the place many pedestrians and cyclists cross to entry Kollen Park, could be a part of the reconstruction undertaking.
“We wish to take one other lengthy, onerous take a look at that space as a part of this undertaking (and) hopefully make enhancements there, even when a motorbike facility doesn’t go in, attempt to make enhancements there for the pedestrian crossing as effectively,” White stated.
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