Proposed Bike Route Worries Mt. Washington Residents
The route would limit lanes along the Kelly Avenue Bridge.
Some Mt. Washington residents are not happy about a proposed bike route that would link the neighborhood with Belvedere Square.
Some of the plans, such as implementing a "road diet" on the Kelly Avenue Bridge and reducing the number of lanes from four down to two vehicular travel lanes and two bike lanes, are aggravating residents.
Devon Bowers, a Mt. Washington resident, shared an email he sent to the Councilwoman Rochelle "Rikki" Spector, explaining why the plan is a "bad idea."
"I am a biker and I would love to have more lanes and space but I also do occasionally have to go through that intersection during rush out to grab groceries at Whole Foods and it’s already a nightmare this would make it so much worse (I’ve experienced one lane at that intersection already during construction and its awful). I really feel bad for the people who need to use that intersection on a regular basis," Bowers wrote.
The city could begin constructing the bike lane as soon as late this year or early last year.
- The project will include “Sharrows,” shared bike and vehicle lanes, on Bellemore Road and Lake Avenue.
- Improvements and additional treatments will be made along West Lake Avenue.
- "Wayfinding" signs will also be installed along the route.
- Solid white line will be painted to show the difference between the bike lanes and parking lane along East Lake Avenue.