The Burlington lakeshore bike path will be closed for construction for most of fall 2016 from Texaco Beach to North Beach. North Avenue will be the detour for all bike path traffic. This means Burlington High School students who currently bike to school from the south on the path will have to use North Avenue. They deserve a safe street for biking!
ask dpw for protected bike lanes
THE OPPORTUNITY: Protected bike lanes leading to BHS will significantly improve safety for students biking to school from downtown and the south end. Similarly, adding a button-activated flashing crosswalk sign (similar to the ones on Pine Street) at Washington Street will improve visibility for students and others who cross the street at this location.
CURRENT STATUS: The bike lanes on this section of North Avenue already have a buffer—that is, a double white line—which make it easy to add flexible plastic posts without affecting car traffic or emergency vehicles in any way. North of the high school, the bike lanes are already protected, so motorists are accustomed to driving next to a protected bike lane. Adding flexible posts to the section south of the high school can be implemented at DPW's discretion, with no approval process required by the Public Works Commission or City Council.
THE NEXT STEP: Document support from BHS students and their families. Click the red button above to endorse the goal of converting the bike lanes south of the high school to protected bike lanes.
Photo above is of a protected bike lane in Boulder, CO. Photo courtesy of People for Bikes.