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PORTSMOUTH — When the Metropolis Council subsequent meets, it’s anticipated to take two votes associated to the Center Road bike lanes; one to type a job drive to check the configuration, the opposite to maneuver parked automobiles again alongside the curb.
The bike lanes had been made with a Protected Routes to Faculty grant and powerful opinions have since been shaped, each for and towards them.
Metropolis Councilor John Tabor is proposing the formation of a job drive which, he stated, would reply the query, “How can we make Center Road a bicycle-pedestrian-vehicle boulevard that works for everybody and enhances the town?” He was scheduled to make his proposal Monday, however the council assembly was canceled.
Tabor is proposing the duty drive be comprised of a chair, residents from the east and west facet of Center Road, a Center Road enterprise proprietor, a member of the Parking and Visitors Security Committee, a consultant from Seacoast Space Bicycle Riders, and metropolis employees advisable by the town supervisor. Composition of the duty drive could possibly be revisited, conferences would begin by Sept. 18 and be public, he proposes.
The councilor suggests the duty drive first agree “on ideas for an enhanced Center Road long-term design.”
“They are going to overview and assess neighborhood wants, transportation necessities, bicycle and pedestrian necessities and general methods to harmonize these and preserve the enduring nature of Center Road as a tree-lined artery for Portsmouth,” in accordance with Tabor’s plan. “Then they’ll focus on all of the methods to enhance from the present design. They will even request and obtain drawings and iterations (which can require metropolis funding) and develop closing suggestions for PTSC and the town council by yr finish.”
Tabor notes the “protected bike lane” portion, extending behind parked automobiles for 1,600 ft of Center Road, “is the one protected bike lane within the state.” He reviews some cyclists and the state Division of Transportation take into account it the most secure design for biking, whereas a current “dooring” incident and different accidents within the space “increase security issues.”
“It’s time to take a deeper take a look at whether or not the unique design, basically a pilot challenge, is finest for the long run and whether or not there are higher alternate options,” in accordance with Tabor’s proposal. “A Center Road Process Pressure can develop a long-term imaginative and prescient and path so metropolis employees can construct on the strengths and take away the weaknesses.”
Councilor Petra Huda is anticipated to make a movement on the subsequent assembly to maneuver car parking again to the curb “instantly for security of all in lieu of the current (dooring) accident.”
Councilor Esther Kennedy made the identical movement in early August, however a majority of the council voted to proceed the controversy, citing an absence of time to check information offered by Huda and Kennedy.
Huda beforehand advised the council the town’s personal information and reviews present there are fewer cyclists there because the lanes had been made, the lanes should not in line with different bike lanes within the metropolis and “are complicated and harmful.” She stated from a biking perspective, there are deep-seated rain grates, particles and sometimes trash and recycling bins within the bike path. Huda stated cyclists can get hit by doorways on each side of the parked autos and are left with a selection of stopping at intersections to keep away from accidents, or pedaling with the stream of site visitors.
“What number of of those issues of safety could possibly be averted by placing the automobiles again alongside the curb?” she requested final month. “We’ve been speaking about this for a way lengthy now, and now we’ve had an accident.”
In a memo to the Metropolis Council, Metropolis Supervisor Karen Conard included information displaying the variety of cyclists utilizing the street has elevated because the bike lanes had been put in, car pace has been decreased by 1 to 2 mph and metropolis employees doesn’t suppose there are security issues that warrant substantial change. The memo additionally suggests returning bollards to an space the place the bike owner was doored by an illegally parked automobile, which might forestall parking there sooner or later.
The following Metropolis Council assembly has not but been scheduled.