Raleigh residents asked to comment on bike plans

February 13, 2014 by  

Raleigh has received a federal grant in the amount of $1.1 million to help in its efforts to create a friendlier environment for bikers, and members of the commission on biking and walking are seeking opinions from citizens on how the money should be used.

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission and its coordinator, Jennifer Baldwin, have been working for over five years on a comprehensive plan to improve the city’s bike paths. Raleigh already has 24 miles of both dedicated lanes for bicycles and shared lanes, but the grant will allow that number to at least double by 2015.

One suggestion is to convert road traffic lanes to bike lanes and use the extra room for on-street parking. Another is to create a “bicycle track”, which is a bicycle lane at the side of a thoroughfare that handles two-way bike traffic. Such tracks are found in other cities, some separated from vehicular traffic by barriers.

Although there are 22 locations throughout Raleigh in which improvements could be made, the commission is focusing on downtown at this time because of the growth in that area. Baldwin and others are eager to hear from residents, and are accepting comments until February 14. There will be more public hearings in April.

The commission could work with a flyer printing company to create handouts to distribute to residents quickly, asking them to provide feedback.