Cycle: A Group Ride Down Central Avenue's New Bike Lanes
|photo by Jason Franz|
|Central Avenue just north of Camelback Road gets prepped for the new buffered bike lanes, set to open this weekend.|
The City of Phoenix is creating buffered bike lanes along Central between Camelback Road and Bethany Home Road, reducing a lane from each side of traffic to accommodate the bikes but moving the city toward a Complete Streets plan and potential grant funding.
To mark the opening of these buffered bike lanes, some local cyclists led by City of Phoenix Bicycle Coordinator Joseph Perez have organized a bike crawl along Central, hitting some of the favored establishments in the area.
|Kerry Wilcoxon, City of Phoenix|
|This overhead of a section of Central Avenue shows the new buffered bike lanes as proposed by the city.|
Buffered bike lanes are bike lanes than include a marked space between the bike lane and the inside lane of traffic so that bikes and cars are not riding directly next to each other. These types of lanes are common in cycling-centric cities such as Portland or New York but new to the Phoenix area, at least in high traffic areas.
Even with the new bike lanes, Central will support two lanes of traffic in each direction as well as the center turn lane. According to city traffic engineer Kerry Wilcoxon, the new bike lanes were laid in to increase bike and pedestrian traffic at this intersection and to connect local businesses to the light rail and bus transit station at Camelback and Central.
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