Grand Avenue Bike Lane Opens in Downtown Phoenix

Categories: Bicycle Culture

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Jeremiah Toller
The new, Grand Avenue bike lane. Yeah, it's literally green.
The Grand Avenue Merchants Association cut the ribbon on new, green bike lanes, conveniently completed in time for the Grand Avenue Festival this past weekend.

In addition to the new bike lanes, which run northwest along Grand from Seventh Avenue to 15th Avenue, Grand Avenue received a more substantial facelift, with new LED street lighting, desert landscaping, decorative crosswalks designed by Bob Graham, and new bike racks to accommodate an expected increase in bike traffic.

See also: Best Bike Advocacy Group - 2013: Phoenix Spokes People

Yet another much-needed addition to the area was 24-hour on-street parking -- a particularly unique accomplishment considering Grand Avenue is actually U.S. Route 60 and parking is not normally permitted on U.S. Highways.

Tim Sprague of Habitat Metro, LLC, was the master of ceremonies for the occasion, welcoming speakers from the City of Phoenix, Grand Avenue Merchants Association as well as PLAN*et, a multi-disciplinary land use and community planning business, to shed light up on the process everyone went through to "make pigs fly," as Sprague said.

See Also: Grand Avenue Festival 2013 in Downtown Phoenix

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton also made an appearance and praised the improvements being made in downtown Phoenix. Mayor Stanton presented an award from the American Planning Association, Arizona Chapter, to Leslie Dornfeld who accepted the award on behalf of PLAN*et.

Slowly but surely, downtown Phoenix is chipping away at becoming a progressive and welcoming community to be a part of.

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21 comments
Steffen Taylor Scott
Steffen Taylor Scott

Thank you, you are absolutely correct in all that you say! It is unfortunate I didn't write anything stated above. I was just told about this rant I had supposedly made. I checked it out and I agree with everything you and everyone else has said. I can only say the truth, I didn't write any of this. I am familiar with James B. Hunt's work and he is without a doubt a very talented artist. I have found myself lost within his art as I have seen it hanging in various places. I myself have no talent what so ever and doubt I could ever in my lifetime come close to creating art which brings in the thoughts of others. For what its worth, I share my internet access with people who are much smarter than I for I would have never had thought of using another person's FB page to write to, or about someone, or something I don't know anything about and don't care about. Apparently they have to much time on there hands and feel the need to harm me by using my FB page to go onto another FB page I would never had gone on to visit, no offence NT. Until tonight, I have never been on NT's FB page. I can only say, I will be ending my relationship with those who share my internet as well as my Lap Top will not be sitting out for those I trusted to use. I'm stunned by this more so than anything written here. Betrayal of a friend causes more harm than words. My most humble apologies to all who had to waste their time to attach me for something I couldn't care less about. Curbs, green puke and such are things I havn't given much thought about these days. I don't even own a bike! I could have simply deleted all of this but I felt the need to say the truth in my own defense. I don't even call Phoenix my home. Phoenix is all yours, Phoenix is just a passing point for me... Namaste

East Eastmon
East Eastmon

Portland, OR has been doing this for a while, and it's one of the safest bike/pedestrian cities in the country. If you want downtown businesses to thrive, we need more foot traffic and accessibility for alternative modes of transportation. This is a great first step in attracting more people and money to the area. Please accept my apologies for not posting in all caps or spouting some incoherent, non-relevant rhetoric. I'm new to the Internet.

Britton Wingfield
Britton Wingfield

When I've been up all night smoking crack, there's nothing I like better than to go out and steal some curbs.

Marco Turrubiartes
Marco Turrubiartes

Steffen Taylor Scott: way to show your Zen, you pompous ass. James B. Hunt's observation that the proximity of the curbs to the bike lane is a hazard in no way warrants the crazed, paranoid and weirdly delusional response you left. Your spelling and grammar aside, your rantings about crack, property destruction and half-baked insults must be a testament to the true healing power of a self-described Reiki Practitioner. Or perhaps, as a man of failed "artistic" vision (yes, I looked through your sorry excuse of a portfolio on your "photography" page), you find the need to attack persons of actual artistic merit like James in public forum for no actual reason. Whatever your delusional thought process, I hope the the ignorance and stupidity you have shown today slowly seep down through that pile of rot inside your skull and you realize what a complete and utter dick you have shown yourself to be.

James B. Hunt
James B. Hunt

Well this is an interesting response. I didn't say that I wanted them stolen, all-caps guy. Just that there are people running into them. One of them took place at the Grand Ave Festival where I was painting (yes, I paint), and was seen by many. Ask around, it's a problem. You're gonna have to pick your battles, buddy. It's not good for you to get so worked up over comments on the internet. Nobody wants to steal or destroy the Grand Avenue Curbs.

Laura Ory
Laura Ory

It's about more than the bike lanes, which are great! This area has a lot of great shops, and it's now more friendly for bikes and motorists. It's great to see Phx doing things to improve downtown. Remember to please watch for cyclists on the roads!

PhxGrrrl
PhxGrrrl

Excited to go see it in person. The photos look great!

Tyler J French
Tyler J French

Good work Phoenix. Keep promoting local business, alternative transportation and culture. People not driving their cars everywhere they go has proven to be a pretty good model for some fairly notable cities. The ones getting upset about this probably don't like hugs or the sound of children's laughter either.

Jesse Adams
Jesse Adams

I ride on the sidewalk as much as possible. I never feel safe in a "bike lane."

Robin Scott Andress
Robin Scott Andress

Just had a friends son run down while he was biking. Good luck to anyone who trusts motorists to observe this lane.

FUQDAMAYO
FUQDAMAYO

What a fuqin joke, thanks again for wasting taxpayer money by taking away driving space so crack addicts can ride their bikes safely along Grand.  Much needed? You sir are an idiot.

Abel Baker
Abel Baker

Like it. More people should ride bikes. Nay sayers suck.

FatGuyRadioShow
FatGuyRadioShow

The same monkey that designed Grand Ave must of been on the board that decided to put this puke green lane down the middle of our city. Genius. We heard AZ had a surplus budget, this is how we spent it? Now the homeless we've neglected will have something pretty to look at.

Ruben DeClay
Ruben DeClay

No one else is driving on Grand, but the crackheads

Steve Jones
Steve Jones

Ridiculous. Narrow the whole road down to one lane. Ten bicyclists are happy and 10,000 drivers are pissed. Very "Arizona" of you, Phoenix..

Jeff Ramon
Jeff Ramon

Maybe the idiots are the people that run into them?

James B. Hunt
James B. Hunt

Those concrete curbs that they stuck out right next to the bike lane really have to go. I've seen three people run into those things and fall off their bikes in just the past week. I almost hit one myself. Whoever came up with the idea to stick those things there is kind of an idiot.

PhxGrrrl
PhxGrrrl

@FUQDAMAYO Yeah, improving the area so businesses can attract more shoppers, residents, jobs and add to our local economy is so lame. You know you could move to some rural unincorporated area where you get to pay for your own dirt road improvements if that sounds better, but it isn't cheap! 

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