electrical bike New Ventura County bike lanes go from Lake Sherwood to Hidden Valley
The Ventura County Board of Supervisors is actively attempting to make the county a extra bicycle pleasant one, officers say.
Towards that finish, the second part of a brand new bike lane undertaking in an unincorporated space neighboring Thousand Oaks was formally devoted Thursday in a ribbon-cutting.
The $3 million Potrero Highway Bike Lane Challenge runs alongside a 2.8-mile stretch of Potrero Highway from Lake Sherwood to Hidden Valley.
The brand new lanes complete 5.6 miles since they go in each instructions.
“It is a very extremely used street by biking teams,” stated Dave Fleisch, roads and transportation director of the Ventura County Public Works Company.
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“It has a reasonably first rate quantity of car site visitors, so the aim of the undertaking is to offer bikes their very own lanes to journey in,” he stated.
Cyclists, he famous, had lengthy used the street previous to the brand new bike lanes being created.
The stretch is a picturesque one, with sprawling ranches on each side.
Potrero Highway didn’t must be widened to accommodate the brand new bike lanes, Fleisch stated.
“We did not bodily widen the lanes of the street in any respect,” he stated. “The shoulders needed to be paved so as to put the bike lanes in. They had been grime earlier than.”
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The primary part of the undertaking was accomplished in December. The second part was accomplished in August.
Cyclists did not look ahead to Tuesday’s grand opening to begin utilizing the brand new bike lanes, Fleisch stated. They have been doing so ever for the reason that first and second phases of the undertaking had been accomplished.
The brand new lanes join with 0.6 miles of current bike lanes on Potrero Highway east of Trentwood Drive to the Thousand Oaks metropolis restrict. They had been restriped as a part of the undertaking.
The undertaking’s $3 million price ticket included $2.4 for building, most of which was funded by state Lively Transportation Program grants supplemented with native funds.
“The Board of Supervisors has very actively been attempting to make Ventura County a extra bike pleasant county” for environmental and different causes, Fleisch stated.
Within the final 18 months, he stated, about 13 miles of motorbike lanes have been constructed or are below building across the county, together with in El Rio, the Ojai space and between Fillmore and Piru.
Mike Harris covers the East County cities of Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks, in addition to transportation countywide. You possibly can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-437-0323.
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