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City paints bike lanes on a stretch of Boyson Road NE to give the idea a try in city’s quest for bicycle-friendly status

In City Hall on July 16, 2009 at 6:04 pm

City Hall is still working to try to win bicycle-friendly status for the city.

It will apply to the League of American Bicyclists on July 31 and will submit a second part of the application Aug. 7 if the League gives the go-ahead.

Ron Griffith, a city traffic engineer who is leading the City Hall bicycle effort, showed the City Council a photo of freshly painted white bicycle lanes on a two-lane section of Boyson Road. The lines create a 6-foot-wide bike lane on both edges of the road while reducing the width of the lanes for motor vehicles to 12 feet.

As an aside, council member Chuck Wieneke wondered if city crews ought to get back out to Boyson and paint the yellow center line down the road. He could barely see it in the photo, he said.

Griffith also reported that 85 percent of the city’s buses now have bike racks on them; that the city is developing a comprehensive master trails plan; and the Mayor’s Bike Ride is slated for Sept. 7.

Only Cedar Falls among Iowa cities now holds the certification from the League of American Bicyclists as a bicycle-friendly community. It obtained the status this spring.

  1. What’s the fine for bikes riding out of the bike lanes? Failure to signal? Failure to come to a complete stop at, stop lights,signs or right turn’s on red? mmmmm!!!! Will the new (not for revenue, LOL) traffic cameras treat bicycle’s and auto’s the same. mmmm!!!!

    Chuck made a good point.

  2. Research comprised by city staff and countless consultants have shown time and again that bicycle lanes are not safe nor are they good for a community. But Podzimek, Fagan, Vernon, Shey and thier liberal ilk on the council won’t let facts get in the way of their agenda. Wake me when its all over.

  3. Bike lanes might work,but I doubt it.Drove past several bikers the other day and they were no where near being in the lane.Also heard one comment about,let’s try dodging the cars,and this made while riding down the middle of the street.Would try to make the Mayor’s Bike Ride,but don’t think I’ll be able to stay awake.I’d rather take a walk with Mayor-to-be Ron Corbett.

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