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Sep. 13, 2011 at 8:52am

Proctor Getting New Bike Lanes

Looks like, along with a fresh coat of black top, some new bike lanes will be painted in the Proctor area. These look to run along N. 26th from Alder through Union and up the little hill to Washington. Hopefully we'll get this connected to the stretch that starts just past Proctor on 26th but it's nice to have them touch the lanes already on Union and Alder. Doesn't appear part of this 2011-2012 map of priority bikeways but it's welcome nonetheless!

Previously
9/24/2010 - Bike Lanes Painted Down 30th Street Hill
7/27/2009 - New Bike Lanes on 21st Street

comments [9]  |  posted under bike, bike lanes, cycling, roads, tacoma

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by fredo on 9/13/2011 @ 8:58am
I'd be frightened of riding in those lanes. If someone is exiting a parked car and isn't looking he could swing his car door right into some bicyclists path. It would be better if the bicycling community would tax itself to creat some bike paths which separate them from the motor vehicle community. IMO :)

by KevinFreitas on 9/13/2011 @ 9:05am
I used to ride that route and it's a fine one mostly due to the relatively calm nature of traffic there on 26th.

Bike lanes are such a simple addition to streets, IMHO, with enough room when they re-pave. As far as infrastructure for helping create a more liveable Tacoma it's really just painting a few lines and putting up a few signs. Glad to see it continuing around here because I notice more riders around town each year.



by KevinFreitas on 9/13/2011 @ 9:36am
And this from City of Tacoma Community Relations Manager Rob McNair-Huff via Facebook:

"Just so you know, Kevin, N. 26th will be closed this Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. so city crews can put a sealant coating on the new road surface and let it dry. The City will be doing a news release and other outreach about this soon."

Thanks for the heads up!

by fredo on 9/13/2011 @ 10:33am
I was actually pointing out the safety hazard the lanes create, not debating the wisdom of striping the bike lanes at the same time the sealant went on top.

by tacoma1 on 9/13/2011 @ 10:45am
Glad to see more bike lanes in Tacoma.

More bike mojo on the link below. If Minneapolis can do it with their climate, why not Tacoma?

www.streetfilms.org/major-bike-mojo-in-m...

fredo, in your example, the hazardous behaviour isn't the cyclist legally using a bike lane, it's the inattentive motorist opening a car door without looking. But to alleviate your concern, I'd be ok if we removed parking from one side of the street (since those cars aren't paying to use city property anyway) and create a separated bike boulevard.

by KevinFreitas on 9/13/2011 @ 11:11am
Yeah, car doors are just one of the things bikers have to keep an eye out for. Glad to do it but I echo @tacoma1 on the bike boulevard idea.


by Tacoma Mobility on 9/13/2011 @ 3:25pm
The bike lanes will start at Alder and then transition to sharrows (shared lane markings) on the mid-block between Union and Washington. The sharrows will continue to Proctor where they’ll meet up with the existing bike lanes. We believe sharrows are a good choice through the school zone and business district because traffic is moving slowly and it will reduce the potential for dooring.

This section of N 26th wasn’t on our Top 4 project list, but since this street was getting chip-sealed anyway, it was much more cost-effective to add the bike lanes now, than in a year or two.

This project also includes bike facilities on Park Avenue, N 30th and S G St. More details are available in the bid package, project maps start on p225: cms.cityoftacoma.org/Purchasing/FormalBi...

-Liz Kaster, City of Tacoma CTR Coordinator ekaster@cityoftacoma.org

by tacoma1 on 9/13/2011 @ 3:48pm
Thanks for the detailed info Liz.

The bike sharrows are a great idea in the school and business zone. When I drive through there, I drive like a Grandma anyway cuz I'm scared someones Grandma's gonna be backing out from Knapps and clobber me. Or a kid at Mason will act like a kid and step out into the road without looking.

by JesseHillFan on 9/13/2011 @ 3:53pm
With the way the economy is CLEARLY headed it's a great idea to get a bike for yourself and the rest of your family.

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