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Biking along Blake

Transportation Responsibility & YouSabrina Harris

By summertime, Blake Avenue should be sporting a new look for the enjoyment of bicycle enthusiasts. Even though Blake Avenue has been on the city’s bike map for several years as a designated bike route, soon it will be upgraded to an official bike lane. This will be the start of an overall plan to help complete the city’s bike route throughout town, so eventually locals and tourists alike will be able to bike around town and not have to ask, “Where did the bike route go?” Are you curious of what makes a “bike route” different from a “bike lane?” A bike route is a street signed for bicycle use by sharing the roadway with motor vehicle traffic. A bike lane is a portion of a roadway which has been designated by striping, signing and pavement markings for the preferential or exclusive use of bicyclists, which is what is in store for Blake Avenue from Seventh to 23rd streets. Adding a bike lane on Blake Avenue is the first of three pilot projects included in the Grand Avenue Traffic Calming Plan adopted by city council. This project is scheduled to be presented before the public from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, in the City Council chambers at City Hall. This will be the first of three public meetings designed to get public feedback and to allow everyone the opportunity to voice concerns and/or comments they may have regarding this project. With public support, this pilot project will start taking shape in April or May, depending on weather.For more information on the upcoming public meetings, visit the city of Glenwood Springs Web site at http://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us and click on “News in a Flash.” For traffic-calming information and the newly adopted policies, visit the city of Glenwood Springs Traffic Calming Web page at http://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us, click on Transportation, then Traffic Calming or call (970) 384-6427. Sabrina Harris is the transportation manager for Glenwood Springs.


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