New Ventura County bike lanes go from Lake Sherwood to Hidden Valley
The Ventura County Board of Supervisors is actively attempting to make the county a extra bicycle pleasant one, officers say.
Towards that finish, the second section of a brand new bike lane challenge in an unincorporated space neighboring Thousand Oaks was formally devoted Thursday in a ribbon-cutting.
The $3 million Potrero Highway Bike Lane Undertaking runs alongside a 2.8-mile stretch of Potrero Highway from Lake Sherwood to Hidden Valley.
The brand new lanes whole 5.6 miles since they go in each instructions.
“It is a very extremely used highway by biking teams,” stated Dave Fleisch, roads and transportation director of the Ventura County Public Works Company.
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“It has a fairly respectable quantity of car site visitors, so the aim of the challenge is to present bikes their very own lanes to journey in,” he stated.
Cyclists, he famous, had lengthy used the highway previous to the brand new bike lanes being created.
The stretch is a picturesque one, with sprawling ranches on each side.
Potrero Highway didn’t should be widened to accommodate the brand new bike lanes, Fleisch stated.
“We did not bodily widen the lanes of the highway in any respect,” he stated. “The shoulders needed to be paved so as to put the bike lanes in. They have been grime earlier than.”
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The primary section of the challenge was accomplished in December. The second section was accomplished in August.
Cyclists did not look forward to Tuesday’s grand opening to start out utilizing the brand new bike lanes, Fleisch stated. They have been doing so ever because the first and second phases of the challenge have been accomplished.
The brand new lanes join with 0.6 miles of present bike lanes on Potrero Highway east of Trentwood Drive to the Thousand Oaks metropolis restrict. They have been restriped as a part of the challenge.
The challenge’s $3 million price ticket included $2.4 for development, most of which was funded by state Energetic Transportation Program grants supplemented with native funds.
“The Board of Supervisors has very actively been attempting to make Ventura County a extra bike pleasant county” for environmental and different causes, Fleisch stated.
Within the final 18 months, he stated, about 13 miles of motorbike lanes have been constructed or are below development across the county, together with in El Rio, the Ojai space and between Fillmore and Piru.
Mike Harris covers the East County cities of Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks, in addition to transportation countywide. You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-437-0323.
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