The Union recommendation included a parking protected bike lane on the north side of the street, and a grade-separated cycletrack similar to the kind commonly found in Copenhagen, Denmark, or a shared sidewalk on the park side of the street. Given the high speeds on the street and the neighborhood’s desire for traffic calming, narrower traffic lanes paired with these physically separated facilities would improve bike safety as well as slow down cars, explained director Pete Stidman. Drivers then wouldn’t have the benefit of the bike lane to creep into for high-speed turns and would be forced to slow down for their own safety.
A number of community members expressed interest in the idea during and after the meeting.
Chief Engineer for Public Works William Egan had presented the plan as a fait accompli at first, and the meeting as the last before construction even though it was only the second on the topic overall. Though Seaver is a particularly short street, full reconstruction projects generally involve a great deal of community input. But after a pointed request from City Councilor Tito Jackson to let the community review the plan after recommended changes are incorporated (also including several improvements to intersections for easier pedestrian crossings), Egan conceded another meeting could be held.
After reviewing the roll plan for the project, which is a detailed map that includes cross section measurements and other details, the Union confirmed the possibility of adding physically separated bike facilities and is awaiting a meeting with Egan and colleagues, as well as Councilor Jackson, to weigh options for a better Seaver Street design for cyclists.
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