Southside bike lane construction planned for May

Plan will eliminate parking on Southside Market side of Fourth Avenue in the Southside neighbourhood to make way for bike lanes.

The City of Revelstoke is set to proceed with plans to eliminate parking on the east side of Fourth Street in Southside in May to make way for dedicated bike lanes.

A report by consultants Boulevard Transportation Group presents a signage plan for the new segment of the bike route, which will include exclusive bike lanes on either side of Fourth Street.

The report also outlines plans for signage and road paint to spell out the rules of the road at key intersections, such as the dangerous “CPR-Y” intersection at Fourth Street and Victoria Road. New painted green lanes will indicate the routes for bicycles through the intersection, including a dedicated safety area at Fourth Street intersection, as well as another at the Third Street and Victoria Road T-intersection.

The report calls for curb extensions into the bike lanes at key intersections to merge traffic into single file, such as on Third Street at Mackenzie Avenue.

New signs will point out the route. Other signs displaying a bicycle and diamond will show that driving is prohibited in the bike lanes.

At the Big Eddy Bridge, a sign will indicate the path to the sidewalk. Cyclists are required to walk across on the sidewalk due to the grated surface of that bridge.

Council was set to discuss the report at their Dec. 11 meeting. The report recommends further community consultation in the Southside neighbourhood before it is implemented.

The new signs and paint is expected to cost $5,000 and will need ongoing maintenance.

 

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