|Commuter Culture: Transportation is Fundamental|
A giant bridge and tolled highway (we need to stop calling it a freeway, because in so many ways it would be the opposite of free!) will in no way make downtown better. Not for State workers, not for anyone else.
Creating a more robust set of choices for getting to and around downtown will enhance proximity, even if some choices may on the surface appear to diminish efficiency. Proximity should trump efficiency!
So, continuing the look at the initial concepts for downtown streets (part 1 on Union and Church, part 2 on the North Downtown parcel) advanced in the Downtown Mobility Study, here are proposed treatments for Cottage, High, and 12th Streets.
|Downtown Mobility Study Area and Treatment Proposals|
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For whatever reason there's only one alternative for Cottage Street. And that's ok.
|Sharrows on Cottage Street|
So one alternative is just fine.
The proposal for High Street shows one one-way alternative, but since that's not the point, let's just look at the two-way alternatives.
|Sharrows on High Street?|
But again, that's dependent on Church Street being improved to a family-friendly standard. This creates a system where confident riders will find Cottage and High more accessible, and families will be able to use Church Street for north-south movement in downtown.
Now the thunderbolt in this group is on 12th Street.
Bike lanes on 12th are totally unexpected and would be great!
|Bike Lanes on 12th Street!|
Implementing this would create two strong options for north-south travel along 12th street. Win.
Footnote on Bulb-Outs and Curb-extensions
|Curving around Bulb-out|
|Channel in Bulb-out|
The decision to install bulb-outs thus makes it more difficult to retrofit a roadway for bicycular traffic lanes.