I live on N Atlantic Ave and have biked the Greeley bike lane daily since 1992. Back when there was no bike lane. Things improved dramatically when the lane on each side of the road came in.
I must say we had a good thing that got messed up when both lanes were shifted to the east side of Greeley. The tall Jersey barrier gives bikers no other option than to run the gauntlet of homeless, dogs, rats and trash adjacent Hazelnut Grove homeless camp. Before, bikers could get to Interstate from Greeley alongside traffic and avoid this mess.
Today, I was stopped by an Aspland Tree Service crew maintaining vegetation at the homeless camp. They had their equipment parked in the bike path with no room to pass on either side. They directed me to hike up the hill, through blackberries and next to the campers around them and back onto the path. It’s not their fault, the City has removed all options to cyclists. You have to go this way or else. A detour sign would have had to be posted way back up on Greeley and Willamette.
As a motorist, this new bike path creates another signal at Greeley and Going that slows the already slow northbound Greeley traffic.
Is this really the best use of our bike transportation money? I know funds were donated by Adidas, but let’s put a little more forethought into our spending.
This “strange” use of funds became crystal clear when I traveled over the I-5 bridge to Vancouver last night. Again, I have been doing this since 1989 and to my recollection, there has not been one improvement to the way bikes get to Vancouver. This is a major route and as more people buy and use electric bikes, this route could become more popular. I know there are other jurisdictions involved, but 30+ years of dicey bike lane to get to Vancouver is enough time for some improvements.
I know you are doing your best, but if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. Thanks for your time. Todd