The new infrastructure effectively links the South Perry District to Downtown with a combination of bike lanes, sharrows and shared-use paths. Getting downtown from this area has been problematic because either 4th or 2nd Avenues though ridable, unceremoniously dumped westbound cyclists into congestion and heavy traffic with no accommodation at Division Street.
These improvements solve some of that but the issue still remains on 2nd since the bike lanes disappear at Division just as a lot of car traffic is fighting for a lane. Readers may recall that there was a lot of controversy when bike lanes were not installed (even though they were part of the approved plan) when west 2nd Avenue was reconstructed a couple of years ago.
|Here is the continuation of the new bike path westbound at 4th and Browne
|Eastbound traffic on 4th uses the center lane sharrow. Westbound bike traffic uses the new pathway on the left
|Westbound approaching Division from 4th Ave.
|Westbound 4th and Division Intersection with new center bike lane that transitions (crosses) from the right side of the road.
|4th and Division westbound - the new westbound pathway is just visible at the top of the photo
Though not perfect, 4th Avenue improvements appear to provide the best transit of a highly congested area for both directions of cycling traffic and I applaud the City on completion of this segment of the Master Bike Plan.
Eastbound improvements appear to be completed and worked fine on the bike this weekend. I look forward to riding the entire westbound route in a week or two when completed.