Biking is such a great method of transportation. It helps keep the environment clean and can be a great form of exercise. Grand Rapids is doing what it can to encourage bike riding in its city by launching a campaign to improve bikeways. In fact, they are hoping that as a result, they will become the most Bike Friendly City in the Midwest. Here’s a bit about the improvements residents can expect to see.
The ultimate goal of the updated system will be to improve safety for commuters whether they are traveling by foot, car or bicycle. One major step will be to and allow greater access for pedestrians and bikers using sidewalks by upgrading corner curb ramps to make them more convenient for the disabled. Other improvements include the following:
- Upgrades to the bike lanes including painted buffer zones that will have reflective delineator posts every 25 feet to create separation between the bike and car lanes.
- Dashed green pavement markings at several intersection to highlight possible conflict zones between motorists and bicyclists.
- Green bike boxes at certain intersections which will designate an area for bicyclists to move ahead of vehicles to make left turns.
- Better bicycle lane signage.
These improvements will be made over the course of the next year and be evaluated for effectiveness with further upgrades being made as needed. Community feedback will be taken into account as well.
Bike riding is the way of the future as an affordable and environmentally friendly way to get around. Along with the city’s support, bike riding in Grand Rapids will be a much safer, more convenient way to travel. Stay informed to see how the community transforms to become the Most Bike Friendly City in the Midwest!