Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Newark Post: Cycle track continues to gain City's support

By Karie Simmons -- The city's Traffic Committee has decided to get behind a protected, two-way bike lane that would allow cyclists to travel safely from east to west on Delaware Avenue.

The proposed “cycle track” was included in this year's Newark Bicycle Plan and approved unanimously by council on Feb. 24 as an overall vision and concept for where efforts will be focused over the next several years.

Two years in the making, the 2014 Newark Bicycle Plan was created by the Newark Bicycle Committee and was a collaboration between area residents, city officials, the Wilmington Area Planning Council, the Delaware Department of Transportation and local bicycle advocacy organizations.

One area the plan focuses on is Delaware Avenue, and on Tuesday, Mark Deshon, chair of the Newark Bicycle Committee, explained to members of the Traffic Committee that although Delaware Avenue currently has one bike lane, the one-way street is rampant with wrong-way riding, motorists driving in the bike lanes and cyclists riding on the sidewalks.

“In terms of safety, we don't have a good east-to-west route through the city,” he said.
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A more rural version of a cycletrack is depicted here, using striped buffering and flexible bollards (aka "Duckies") for separation. Given such limited space on Delaware Avenue, the degree of separation remains a question mark.

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