WESTFIELD, NJ — With the pandemic prompting an increase in bicycle driving, the city on Sunday examined out a motorbike lane on Prospect Road.
For 4 hours, the lane demarcated with cones stretched for a couple of quarter mile from Lincoln Highway to Dudley Avenue. Referred to by organizers as a “pop-up,” the trial bike lane is one measure in a sequence the municipality is taking because it makes an attempt to make its roads safer for cyclists.
“We’re going to study immediately,” mentioned Councilman David Contract, liaison to the Westfield Inexperienced Staff, which organized the initiative. “There have been a few individuals who have used this, and our hope is that extra folks accomplish that that we are able to get folks’s opinions about it — what do they like and what might be achieved higher.”
Organizers timed the check lane in coordination with a meals tasting stroll, or “Foodie Stroll,” spearheaded by Downtown Westfield Corp. on Sunday. By 12:30 p.m., a half-an-hour into the initiative, Prospect Road resident Artwork Mason already had some ideas on the bike lane.
Mason mentioned he noticed three riders touring contained in the lane, one rider weaving out and in of the cones and as he was talking with this reporter, one other rider handed by driving outdoors the lane. With the cones near the curb line, Mason mentioned, his important concern was the potential for riders to get caught in a close-by sewer grate.
“What occurs if somebody has an accident on the grating — the sewer grating?” he requested.
Jay Goldring, who heads up the Inexperienced Staff’s transportation committee, mentioned the group can be surveying residents and bicyclists after the check of the bike lane.
Goldring mentioned that with an precise bike lane sewer grates might be marked off with paint on the pavement. And the parking restrictions that got here with the check lane, he mentioned, didn’t look like a big problem.
“The opposite facet of the road can be very sparsely parked immediately, so it seems to be to me like there isn’t a serious parking problem,” Goldring mentioned. “However we wish to get that from the residents instantly.”
Sunday’s occasion follows a program final month throughout which younger bicyclists rewarded riders for carrying helmets, and the police division gave away helmets to kids they discovered not carrying them. It additionally follows a grant-funded bicycle and pedestrian study the city commissioned final 12 months, which recommends a sequence of motorbike lanes all through the city.
On Sunday, the Inexperienced Staff additionally offered a “bike corral” within the parking zone behind Chipolte Mexican Grill for bicycle parking in through the foodie stroll.
Contract mentioned that having extra bike parking within the downtown may encourage bicycling — one thing the Inexperienced Staff volunteers discovered by the setup of the bike corral.
“For those who’re not keen to check and study, then you may get simply caught in place,” Contract mentioned. “So we have now to strive various things — see what folks suppose, see what they like, see what they don’t like and that provides us perception into how we transfer the city ahead.”
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