New bike infrastructure set for phased installation June 12-15
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo – The installation of bike lanes along Pikes Peak Avenue between Cascade Avenue and Corona Street is set to begin June 12. These changes will enhance the City’s network of safe connections for people on foot and bike through the downtown core and to the Legacy Loop trail system.
· Pikes Peak Avenue between Nevada and Cascade avenues will be reduced to one lane in each direction and restriped with buffered bike lanes to accommodate diagonal pull-in parking and will enhance safety by providing a five-foot buffer for backing motorists.
· Pikes Peak Avenue between Corona Street and Nevada Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction and restriped with parking protected bike lanes.
During installation, traffic will be moved to one side of the roadway and reduced to one travel lane in each direction in phases moving east from Cascade Avenue to North Corona Street June 12-15, weather and resource dependent. Parking will be restricted as work is conducted on each block.
Pikes Peak Avenue currently carries a very low traffic volume and was identified as an urban greenway in the Experience Downtown Master Plan to connect nearby neighborhoods to the downtown core. Completion of this project has been many months in development and implementation.
Stormwater and utility work was conducted on Pikes Peak Avenue last fall in advance of scheduled paving and offered an opportunity to incorporate pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements, including extended medians that provide a mid-intersection refuge for pedestrians. New angled parking in the median east of Nevada Avenue was also installed to echo the configuration of western blocks.
Weber Street between Pikes Peak Avenue and Rio Grande Road was the first street in Colorado Springs to implement parking protected bike lanes. The City responded to citizen concerns about the new infrastructure by placing vertical delineators along Weber Street to guide motorists. Parking protected bike lanes on Pikes Peak Avenue will incorporate the use of an eight-inch tall guide rail that will be installed between the bike lane and parked cars to offer both vertical and horizontal delineation and serve as a parking guide.
Giving people on foot, on bikes and in cars their own dedicated space on the roadway enhances safety for all people, regardless of how they choose to get around downtown.
How to use the parking protected bike lanes east of Nevada Avenue
· Vehicles will park in marked parallel parking spots next to the travel lane. There will be an eight-inch tall guide rail between the passenger side of the vehicle and the bike lane to guide parking and enhance separation between bikes and cars. See attached illustration for details.
· In an effort to help people learn how the parking protected bike lanes work there will be signage to assist cyclists, motorists and pedestrians in utilizing parking protected bike lanes.
Background: The Experience Downtown Master Plan update was created through an 18-month process that engaged hundreds of community stakeholders through focus groups, interviews, charrettes, online surveys and community forums. The plan was approved and adopted by City Council in November 2016. The plan identifies the goal for “a walkable and bike-friendly center connected through safe and accessible multimodal networks.”
These and other roadway projects address this goal, as well as accomplish aspects of other plan goals such as creating “a place for healthy and active lifestyles,” “celebrating and connecting with outdoor recreation and exceptional natural setting,” and “integration with adjacent neighborhoods.”
For more information about how to use the parking protected bike lanes and downtown roadway projects supporting the Experience Downtown Master Plan visitwww.ColoradoSprings.gov/DowntownRoadwayProjects.
About Downtown Partnership
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