design for a two-way cycle track. Image Source: National Association of City
Will this take away some space that is currently used to move and park cars?
In a word, yes. There is no space available in Uptown to create a high-quality east-west bike route without some impacts on traffic. The Uptown Connects Study revealed that there are currently 34 continuous lanes for cars running east-west through Uptown. There are currently zero (0) continuous facilities for bicyclists to navigate safely and comfortably east-west through Uptown. This project helps to address that imbalance by converting some space that is currently used for cars. The 6th Street alignment was chosen because it has the least impact on traffic. The pilot project demonstrated that the impact on car travel on 6th Street is minimal – about a 5-minute increase to traverse Uptown. In addition, two-way cycle tracks have been shown to benefit business, improve safety, promote health and wellness, and encourage more people to ride a bicycle.