Huge change pitched for Portsmouth bike lane – Information – seacoastonline.com
PORTSMOUTH — When the Metropolis Council subsequent meets, it’s anticipated to take two votes associated to the Center Road bike lanes; one to kind a activity drive to check the configuration, the opposite to maneuver parked automobiles again alongside the curb.
The bike lanes have been made with a Protected Routes to College grant and powerful opinions have since been fashioned, each for and towards them.
Metropolis Councilor John Tabor is proposing the formation of a activity drive which, he mentioned, would reply the query, “How can we make Center Road a bicycle-pedestrian-vehicle boulevard that works for everybody and enhances town?” He was scheduled to make his proposal Monday, however the council assembly was canceled.
Tabor is proposing the duty drive be comprised of a chair, residents from the east and west aspect of Center Road, a Center Road enterprise proprietor, a member of the Parking and Site visitors Security Committee, a consultant from Seacoast Space Bicycle Riders, and metropolis employees really helpful by town supervisor. Composition of the duty drive could possibly be revisited, conferences would begin by Sept. 18 and be public, he proposes.
The councilor suggests the duty drive first agree “on ideas for an enhanced Center Road long-term design.”
“They are going to assessment and assess neighborhood wants, transportation necessities, bicycle and pedestrian necessities and total methods to harmonize these and preserve the enduring nature of Center Road as a tree-lined artery for Portsmouth,” in accordance with Tabor’s plan. “Then they may talk about all of the methods to enhance from the present design. They may even request and obtain drawings and iterations (which can require metropolis funding) and develop remaining suggestions for PTSC and town council by 12 months finish.”
Tabor notes the “protected bike lane” portion, extending behind parked automobiles for 1,600 toes of Center Road, “is the one protected bike lane within the state.” He studies some cyclists and the state Division of Transportation think about it the most secure design for biking, whereas a latest “dooring” incident and different accidents within the space “elevate security considerations.”
“It’s time to take a deeper take a look at whether or not the unique design, primarily a pilot venture, is greatest for the long run and whether or not there are higher options,” in accordance with Tabor’s proposal. “A Center Road Job Power can develop a long-term imaginative and prescient and course so metropolis employees can construct on the strengths and take away the weaknesses.”
Councilor Petra Huda is predicted to make a movement on the subsequent assembly to maneuver automobile parking again to the curb “instantly for security of all in lieu of the latest (dooring) accident.”
Councilor Esther Kennedy made the identical movement in early August, however a majority of the council voted to proceed the talk, citing an absence of time to check knowledge offered by Huda and Kennedy.
Huda beforehand informed the council town’s personal knowledge and studies present there are fewer cyclists there because the lanes have been made, the lanes are usually not in step with different bike lanes within the metropolis and “are complicated and harmful.” She mentioned from a biking perspective, there are deep-seated rain grates, particles and sometimes trash and recycling bins within the bike path. Huda mentioned cyclists can get hit by doorways on each side of the parked automobiles and are left with a selection of stopping at intersections to keep away from accidents, or pedaling with the stream of site visitors.
“What number of of those questions of safety could possibly be averted by placing the automobiles again alongside the curb?” she requested final month. “We’ve been speaking about this for the way lengthy now, and now we’ve had an accident.”
The subsequent Metropolis Council assembly has not but been scheduled.