Today’s post is by City of Phoenix Traffic Engineer Kerry Wilcoxon giving us an update on plans for the Bicycle Boulevard and an extension of the Central Avenue Road Diet. Note that the extension of the Central Avenue Road Diet is still under evaluation, so if you are in favor of it, please contact your council person and express your support!
Fillmore Bicycle Boulevard
The Bicycle Boulevard is intended to provide an east west connection between Washington and I-10 from the Grand Canal to 15th Avenue. When completed this would allow bicyclists to travel from Tempe to Glendale through downtown Phoenix.
There are essentially four parts to the plan. The first part is the Fillmore-Roosevelt segment which runs from the south bank of the Grand Canal near Indian Trail and Garfield west along Roosevelt to 20th Street down 20th Street to Villa and then west on Villa to Fillmore and west again to 3rd and 5th Avenues. This first phase of the project included adding about 1 3/4 mile of bike lane to Roosevelt and new bike and parking lanes on 20th Street between Roosevelt and Van Buren. The first phase also included Phoenix’s first ever bike dot route markings on local streets, bike specific way-finding signs along the entire route and the green paint shared use lane along Fillmore between 1st and 7th Streets. This phase cost us about $40,000 which came out of the bike program budget. This phase is completed.
The second phase will be the connection between the Bicycle Boulevard and the Grand Canal path. This will be completed later this year when the city and SRP install a pathway over the small drainage ditch between Indian Trail and the canal path that will allow bicyclist to ride directly from the boulevard to the canal pathway. The city has asked to use SRP aesthetic funds for this phase of the project.
The third phase is a bridge crossing the Arizona Canal on the 15th Avenue alignment north of Dunlap. This phase would allow bicyclists to ride from the bike lanes on 15th Avenue to the multi-use trail along the north side of the Arizona Canal which would then allow them to travel along the canal to Glendale. This phase is expected to be completed later this fall or early in 2013 and is being paid for by Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) federal funds.
The final phase of the project is to investigate a signalized crossing of 7th Avenue at Fillmore via a HAWK signal. This is a bit dicey because the crossing would be complex and expensive and would probably require purchase of land so this may not happen but if it does it would be a few years out.
Central Avenue Road Diet Extension – Bethany Home to Arizona Canal
We have been directed by council representatives from Districts 3, 4 and 6 to investigate a road diet on Central Avenue from Bethany Home to the Arizona Canal. This would entail removing a full motor-vehicle travel lane on Central between signals. At the signals, the bike lane would transition to a shared use lane. This would help provide neighborhood traffic on Central a safer place to turn left or right off of Central. It would also provide designated biking facilities from the light rail station on Central and Camelback to the Arizona Canal along Central.
We are conducting a series of traffic studies along Central now to determine the affect of the reduced motor-vehicle lanes. There is no real time frame on this other than council has requested we complete our evaluation this spring. I am reporting the results to the North Central Phoenix Home Owners Association at a meeting in May. After that we will make a decision on the project. The estimated cost of the obliteration of old lane lines and restriping of new is approximately $100,000. If we are given the go-ahead we would need to identify a funding source for this work.
Photo credit: From the inaugural ride on January 8, 2012 of the current Central Avenue Road Diet between Camelback Road and Bethany Home Road. Photo by Taz Loomans.Tags: bethany home to the arizona canal, bicycle connectivity, bicycle infrastructure, central avenue road diet, city of phoenix, grand canal, Kerry Wilcoxon, phoenix bicycle boulevard