Monday, August 10, 2015

Work Starting Soon To Finish Downtown Bike Network

The City of Spokane this month will install a new kind of bike lane that will complete the downtown bike network. Nearly 12 complete blocks along Main and Spokane Falls Boulevard will get the new lanes, creating a mile-and-a-half loop of dedicated lanes circling the city’s core.

The new lanes will be "buffered," a conventional bike lane with a 3-foot buffer of empty space between cyclists and the traffic lane. Buffered lanes provide a safer experience for riders, allow cyclists to pass each other without entering traffic and give riders space outside the zone where drivers open doors on parked cars.

The $77,000 worth of work is being funded through the federal Congestion Management and Air Quality program, which is distributed through SRTC.

The Spokesman-Review has more on the bike network and other changes happening along with it on Main Street.

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About SRTC

SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.