I just got back from a transportation open-house at a City facilities building on Lexington Court. The subject was bicycle transportation along Columbia/Lexington between King and Davenport. For those who were dying to go, but just couldn’t make it, I’ll tell you what I know.
First, some framework. This open house was a presentation of recommendations by City Engineers and Consultants. It’s not a final plan by a long shot and still subject to lots more scrutiny before any shovels hit asphalt.
Here are a few of the graphics presented. I scanned as well as I could. The paper handed out by the city does not fit into a human sized scanner.
The scans are as good a summary as I could paraphrase, so read them as the city wrote them. I found the problem statement and alternatives charts particularly interesting.
I was happy to find out this information and hob-knob with the experts on the subject of traffic engineering. It was pretty fascinating to talk with them about the alternatives and the challenges.
I was also able to mention my own agenda in conversation and later by comment card. I always hated how the path by Forwell Creek and down Forwell Creek Road dumps me onto the wrong side of Lexington with no way to get across when I’m travelling east. It would be great to get two way cycling facilities for that stretch of Lexington to Davenport on the north side of the street.
Personally, I’m looking forward to the recommended road diet if it is approved. I think widening the road would only speed traffic up, and that’s definitely moving in the wrong direction for the stretch between Marsland and Davenport. Speeds are already way too high.
Also, I really hope that whatever solution is approved will address bicycle use on the 85 overpass. Not carrying any improvements through all the way to Davenport would be a real shame and make the whole thing a bit academic to those of us on the east side of Waterloo.