James MacPherson wrote, and David Cross researched and interviewed principals to describe a proposal to create miles of bike boulevards and protected bikeways while eliminating lanes of automobile traffic and scores of parking spaces along major Pasadena streets. The proposal recently went before a city committee. Here are excerpts from their article.
The Bicycle Corridors Analysis and Feasibility Study is a major revamp of an earlier proposal after the committee from organized bicycle groups that Pasadena streets are too dangerous and unaccommodating. Mayor Bill Bogaard told Cross that ““we want to have as strong a plan as possible to encourage biking at this point in time.”
The options in the document envision “high level biking facilities” and include details on seven east-west corridors which span nearly the entire width of the city and four north-south corridors, one of which stretches from San Marino up to Altadena.
- The group recommends eliminating one lane of automobile traffic along the full length of Green Street from Pasadena Avenue to Hill Avenue and adding a two-way bicycle “track” in its place. This plan would eliminate 71 parking spaces on Green Street.
- Another of the group’s priorities is adding a buffered bike lane on Colorado Boulevard from Hill Avenue to Sierra Madre Boulevard or Pasadena’s eastern city limits.
- Another recommendation calls for eliminating all parking along Washington Boulevard between Lincoln Avenue and Hill Avenue to create bikeways, affecting as many as 358 parking spaces.
Pasadena Chamber of Commerce President Paul Little said,
If they do that, folks are going to be storming City Hall, demanding somebody looks after their interests. That’s going to be a total nonstarter for the folks who actually have an economic interest and investment along that street.”
Little says businesspeople have been left out of the planning process and are going to be very unhappy when they hear about the proposals.
“They don’t have a clue [these ideas are being discussed],” Little said, pointing out that to most merchants a steady stream of automobiles combined with plentiful parking are considered vital for retail success.
Little said that the cycling groups now have a wonderful plan that suits all their needs, “but it doesn’t address any of the other concerns of any of the other stakeholders in the area.”
City planners say a meeting is planned to allow for input from the public.
“One of the smart things for Pasadena involves striking balances and making compromises,” Mayor Bogaard said, “between the status quo and what we hope to accomplish as a city that is extremely walk-able and bike-able, as well as drive-able in the future.”
The next steps are to present the study findings to the community at a meeting later this month and to the Transportation Advisory Commission, according to Pasadena Dept. of Transportation Mark Yamarone. “From that input a list of projects would be prioritized and included in the Bicycle Transportation Plan and presented to the City Council for adoption,” Yamarone said.
The full report may be read here: http://ww2.cityofpasadena.net/waterandpower/agendas/msc.pdf
Image is a map of possible bike routes from a report presented to the Pasadena City Council’s Municipal Services Committee.