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Tim Curtiss
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Username: Tim_the_bald

Post Number: 1
Registered: 07-2009
Posted on Saturday, August 01, 2009 - 10:01 pm:   

As a bicycle commuter (probably the only one in Frisco) I was wondering what effect designating a street a "Bike Route" is supposed to have?
 

Joel Fitts, Senior Traffic Engineer
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Post Number: 49
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Tuesday, August 04, 2009 - 09:07 pm:   

Tim,

The signs are intended to raise motorist awareness of bicycles that may be riding in the roadway. The signs also show bike riders which roadways are wide enough to accommodate a car passing a bicycle and which roadways connect to other roadways (or sidewalks) to provide interconnectivity with other portions of the trail system. This is important since the City still has a large amount of undeveloped land and therefore has a way to go before we can interconnect the entire off-street trail system.

In terms of bicycle commuters in Frisco, I know there is a local cycling club which had a lot of public input in the development of the Hike & Bike Master Plan and the plan to install the signs.

Joel Fitts
Senior Traffic Engineer
 

Tracy Serio
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Post Number: 20
Registered: 08-2006
Posted on Thursday, August 06, 2009 - 08:36 am:   

Will there ever be plans to add Bike Lanes to the streets to make it safer for the bikers and drivers?
 

Joel Fitts, Senior Traffic Engineer
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Post Number: 51
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 12:00 am:   

Tracy,

During the public input process, which included the involvement of the local cycling club, it was determined that dedicated bicycle lanes would not be built along our roadways. One reason is that when bike lanes are used, cars don't ever drive on that pavement and the bike lane accumulates debris which can be hazardous to cyclists. And there are other complications as well.

Instead, the City will restripe certain roadways to provide a wider right lane for bicycle traffic. Generally, instead of three 12-foot lanes, there will be two 11-foot lanes and one 14-foot outside lane. This will occur when a roadway is widened to be six lanes wide, is on the Hike & Bike Master Plan as an on-street route, and satisfies certain criteria regarding cost, available funding, and bicycle traffic.

Please refer to the Hike & Bike Master Plan on the City's website for more details: http://www.friscofun.org/parks/Pages/Trails.aspx

Joel Fitts
Senior Traffic Engineer
 

Tim Curtiss
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Username: Tim_the_bald

Post Number: 2
Registered: 07-2009
Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 04:10 pm:   

"which roadways are wide enough to accommodate a car passing a bicycle" with all due respect, the right lane on Legacy is not wide enough for a car travelling at 45 mph to pass me safely; I have to take the lane.
 

Joel Fitts, Senior Traffic Engineer
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Post Number: 52
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 05:08 pm:   

The roadways signed as bike routes are those that are at least four lanes wide (two lanes in each direction). This gives traffic another lane to use to pass you.

Joel Fitts
Senior Traffic Engineer

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