tenth Avenue residents increase considerations about bike path – Information – Holland Sentinel
HOLLAND — The trial of a two-way, on-street cycle monitor on tenth Avenue final month spurred a whole lot 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 Avenue as the town designs a complete reconstruction of the road and utility work, scheduled for spring 2021.
The road was recognized in a latest downtown site visitors examine as a spot for an east-west hall for biking by the town that may join Kollen Park, downtown and Hope Faculty and will finally connect with a future bike path on Eighth Avenue east of Chicago Drive.
The examine instructed a cycle monitor, though officers have stated they’re additionally contemplating a motorbike lane just like the one on Central Avenue for tenth Avenue, 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 undertaking.
That dialogue, at a Thursday public assembly in regards to the undertaking, centered across the “quiet, residential nature” of tenth Avenue and a need to protect their on-street parking and mature bushes.
If the cycle monitor choice is pursued, the road would should be widened, seemingly ensuing within the lack of a few of these bushes, and parking would seemingly be prohibited on one facet of the road.
“These bushes have been right here so much longer than any of us have, so I simply don’t really feel it’s proper to drag them out for a motorbike path,” stated one tenth Avenue 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 avenue.
Site visitors counts carried out by Pedal Holland discovered the variety of bicyclists per hour on tenth Avenue doubled from 7-8 per hour final yr to greater than 15 through the cycle monitor trial, in response to Meika Weiss, founding board president of Pedal Holland.
Pedal Holland’s site visitors counts additionally discovered that the cycle monitor introduced the variety of individuals biking on the sidewalk from 65 % right down to 12 %, with 83 % of riders utilizing the cycle monitor.
“Once we have a look at numbers like this, we are able to see who’s comfy by seeing the place they’re using,” Weiss stated. “When now we have 65 % of individuals on the sidewalk we all know that they aren’t comfy using on the road.”
The roughly $5 million undertaking to reconstruct tenth Avenue is anticipated to be offered to Holland Metropolis Council in one of many council’s subsequent two conferences.
Metropolis engineer and transportation director Brian White instructed residents at Thursday’s assembly that no matter plan the town proposes would search to attenuate impacts on bushes.
White additionally stated an effort to deal with security considerations on the intersection of Van Raalte Avenue and tenth Avenue, the place many pedestrians and cyclists cross to entry Kollen Park, can be a part of the reconstruction undertaking.
“We need to take one other lengthy, onerous have a look at that space as a part of this undertaking (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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