In recent years, the City of Ithaca has made a concerted effort to improveconditions for bicycle users; new bike lanes have been painted, new multi-use trails havebeen built, and many new bike racks have been installed. However, little progress hasbeen made in creating a City-wide network of on-street bicycling facilities suitable fornew riders, families, children, and others who prefer routes with lower motor vehicletraffic volumes/speeds that conveniently connect to key Ithaca destinations. To providefor these users, the Engineering Office, the Ithaca-Tompkins County TransportationCouncil, and volunteers have been researching the feasibility of creating a “BicycleBoulevard” network in Ithaca. Cities such as Portland, OR, Berkeley, CA, Tucson, AZ,Minneapolis, MN, and Madison, WI have successfully created such networks.Bike Boulevards are
bike lanes, rather, they are low-traffic and/or traffic-calmed routes where bicyclists and motorists share the travel lanes and where bicycletravel is generally prioritized and encouraged over motor vehicle travel. In most cases,the routes do not impact on-street parking.Network designs differ from city to city butthey all share similar attributes such as:-
Signs and pavement markings-
Prioritize bicycle use
What this plan is, and isn’t
This plan has been developed at the request of the City of Ithaca Board of PublicWorks (BPW) to facilitate their review of the concept, route selection, and infrastructureimprovements being recommended by the Engineering Office. This plan outlines therecommended physical design of the proposed Bike Blvd. network including an initialroute selection, and a description of signs, pavement markings and traffic calmingdevices. This plan also includes a planning-level cost estimate. These are the key itemsnecessary for the BPW’s review, and subsequent approval.
Image of a bicycle boulevard in SanLuis Obispo, CA