tenth Road residents increase issues about bike path – Information – Holland Sentinel
HOLLAND — The trial of a two-way, on-street cycle monitor on tenth Road final month spurred lots of of emails and calls to metropolis corridor, with many residents voicing concern in regards to the viability of creating the cycle monitor a everlasting fixture.
The monitor is one choice within the effort so as to add bike infrastructure to tenth Road as the town designs a complete reconstruction of the road and utility work, scheduled for spring 2021.
The road was recognized in a current downtown site visitors examine as a spot for an east-west hall for biking by way of the town that might join Kollen Park, downtown and Hope Faculty and will ultimately hook up with a future bike path on Eighth Road east of Chicago Drive.
The examine steered a cycle monitor, though officers have stated they’re additionally contemplating a motorbike lane just like the one on Central Avenue for tenth Road, amongst different choices.
Metropolis officers have stated the cycle monitor trial was profitable in that it generated public enter and dialogue in regards to the mission.
That dialogue, at a Thursday public assembly in regards to the mission, centered across the “quiet, residential nature” of tenth Road and a want to protect their on-street parking and mature timber.
If the cycle monitor choice is pursued, the road would should be widened, probably ensuing within the lack of a few of these timber, and parking would probably be prohibited on one facet 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 tug them out for a motorbike path,” stated one tenth Road resident.
Others questioned the necessity for bike infrastructure in a residential space, saying bicyclists are already protected on the road, which has cease indicators at each cross road.
Visitors counts carried out by Pedal Holland discovered the variety of bicyclists per hour on tenth Road doubled from 7-8 per hour final 12 months to greater than 15 throughout the cycle monitor trial, in keeping with Meika Weiss, founding board president of Pedal Holland.
Pedal Holland’s site visitors counts additionally discovered that the cycle monitor introduced the variety of folks biking on the sidewalk from 65 % right down to 12 %, with 83 % of riders utilizing the cycle monitor.
“Once we take a look at numbers like this, we will see who’s snug by seeing the place they’re driving,” Weiss stated. “When we have now 65 % of individuals on the sidewalk we all know that they aren’t snug driving on the road.”
The roughly $5 million mission to reconstruct tenth Road is predicted to be introduced to Holland Metropolis Council in one of many council’s subsequent two conferences.
Metropolis engineer and transportation director Brian White informed 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 Road, the place many pedestrians and cyclists cross to entry Kollen Park, could be a part of the reconstruction mission.
“We need to take one other lengthy, laborious take a look at that space as a part of this mission (and) hopefully make enhancements there, even when a motorbike facility doesn’t go in, attempt to make enhancements there for the pedestrian crossing as nicely,” White stated.
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