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It’s not just about bikes, though—the same improvements that make it safer to bike also make it easier to walk. Protected bike lanes provide more space between sidewalks and moving traffic. Narrower lanes discourage drivers from speeding. Protected intersections make crosswalks shorter and place pedestrians so they are more visible to drivers. And better places to bike on the street helps get people on bikes and scooters off the sidewalk and onto the bike lane, freeing up space for walking and reducing crashes and close calls.
• In Long Beach, protected bike lanes along 3rd Street and Broadway reduced both bicycle and vehicle crashes by 50% in just one year after completion.• The installation of protected bike lanes on streets in New York typically reduces all injury crashes – vehicle, bicyclist, and pedestrian – by 40%, and by as much as 50% on some streets.
This project will also add to the growing vibrancy and “sense of place” in downtown. As our population continues to grow and new businesses move to town, biking will pair with transit to provide quick, efficient transportation that doesn’t require sitting in traffic and hunting for parking. Studies have shown that high-quality bike facilities are good for business, too, so we’re designing Better BikewaySJ to connect shopping, dining, and other points of interest with residential neighborhoods and major transit hubs.
Though this project is being implemented in coordination with our pavement program, pavement maintenance funding is not paying for additional bike and pedestrian improvements beyond typical striping and marking. Those costs include:
• Modular, ADA-accessible transit boarding islands along San Fernando Street that allow transit and bicyclists to more safely and reliably navigate the street ($49,000 to 73,000 per island, or $566,000 total for nine islands).• Traffic-safe bollards to separate people riding bicycles from parked and moving vehicles ($100 per bollard, or $200,000 total). • Minor signal modifications at nine intersections, at $600,000 total. • Beige-colored paint to mark areas where people should not drive, park, or bike ($196,000 total in locations across the network).
All costs are estimates, as the project is still being implemented.
These additional elements are being paid for by a mix of grant funding, including Transportation Development Act Article 3 (which provides cities with annual funding dedicated to bicycle and pedestrian projects), a One Bay Area Grant for bikeway and safety improvements, and the City’s Greater Downtown Area Streetscape Improvement Fund. Street design work and technical assistance was paid for by a grant from the Knight Foundation.