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Dixie Trail bike lane plan on hold

Posted April 3, 2014

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— Plans to put sharrows on a stretch of Dixie Trail have been put on hold so that city Transportation Planning Staff can explore the possibility of removing some on-street parking and the center turn lane to make room for dedicated bike lanes.

Staff had recommended that sharrows be painted on the stretch of Dixie Trail from Wade Avenue to Lake Boone Trail and maintain the existing on street parking. Members of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC) felt that the road was too dangerous for bicyclists and warranted dedicated bike lanes.

“I personally feel the city needs to do a little more engineering or figure something out,” said Commission Chair Alan Wiggs.

He specifically asked staff to look at the implications of removing the center turn lane and restricting parking to one side in specific areas. Members delayed a vote on the project and will have a special meeting to discuss staff’s findings.

Raleigh Public Record: City Commission Considers Bike Lanes for Dixie Trail

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  • slowjoe73 Apr 8, 2014

    How smart is that? Remove the turn lane and available parking to install bike lanes? That means from now on traffic has to stop in both directions to allow a car to turn. Why interrupt the flow of traffic for a few bicycles? They can ride on the sidewalk and if that is not good enough, widen it on one side and make it a bike path like the one that is on Avent Ferry, or at least used to be. The city is really showing no regard for the flow of traffic these days. They just put a big concrete barrier on pullen rd that actually forces traffic out of the marked travel lane, crossing the white line to mark a pedestrian crossing. Stripes were not enough? Does the city not care that people will certainly hit it in poor weather conditions? The traffic circles have been a disaster and so has the whole "improvement" of Hillsborough street. They need to start repairing the broken streets we have instead of ripping out functional lanes and intersections and reduce traffic flow in the process.

  • Bill Mooney Apr 4, 2014
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    Sharrows would be fine. When are they going to add sidewalks to both sides of Wade Avenue? That's street is a serious impediment to pedestrian travel.