Fullerton Pike Corridor Improvements: Bike Lanes vs. Multiuse?

16 Jun

The final engineering assessment for the proposed Fullerton Pike Corridor improvements was just released here:

This project is divided into three sections, in priority order:

  1. State Road 37 to Sare Road (this includes connecting the currently disconnected Fullerton Pike and Gordon Pike, which can be seen here)
  2. State Road 45 to State Road 37
  3. Sare Road to Snoddy Road

Although there is a lot to discuss about this project, what interests me right now are the two alternatives in the SR37 – Sare Road section with respect to bicycle access. In short, the two alternatives presented (the discussion starts on page 19 of the document) are:

  1. Sidewalk on the south side of the road and multi-use side path on the north side of the road
  2. Sidewalk on both north and south sides of the road, no multi-use path, but on-road bike lanes on both the north and south sides of the road

So essentially, the tradeoff for bike riders is: multiuse path on one side and nothing on the other, vs. on-road bike lanes in both directions.

To all bike riders out there — I ask which alternative do you prefer?

In general, my preference is for a dedicated multi-use sidepath, even if it is only on one side of the road, because I am frequently riding with one or both of my kids, and riding for recreation. The multi-use definitely feels safer while pulling my daughter in the trailer, and I think it is more comfortable for my son to ride as well. However, if I were a frequent commuter along that corridor, I would probably prefer the on-streek bike lane in both directions.

I would like to hear others’ thoughts on this issue.

Incidentally, there will be a public meeting on the Fullerton Pike project at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Jackson Creek Middle School. Anyone interested in this project is encouraged to attend.

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2 Responses to “Fullerton Pike Corridor Improvements: Bike Lanes vs. Multiuse?”

  1. Bob Poortinga June 16, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    Most bicyclists don’t pay attention to rules and traffic laws anyway, so either alternative is the same. If there is a sidewalk, bicyclists will ride on it even though there may be a bike lane.

    • Tarn Mower June 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

      Why thank you for painting all cyclists with the same brush. Scratch that: let’s just say that most cyclists that you really notice are the scofflaws. So. You also didn’t seem to make any actual offer of input – just a general put-down of cyclists. The question was – which would bike riders prefer? Do you ride a bicylcle? If so, what is your preference as a cylclist?

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