Sunday, April 14, 2013
Sarah Ferdico, Communications
In its efforts to make Lincoln’s downtown more bicycle-friendly, the City of Lincoln recently selected the team of Alta Planning & Design and Olsson Associates to develop concepts, a master plan, and design and construction documents for the “N” Street protected bikeway. The project is anticipated to run along Lincoln’s “N” Street corridor from 7th to 23rd Streets and will connect to the new West Haymarket development via a new trail being constructed adjacent to the future Arena Drive. Alta is leading the conceptual and master planning tasks, while Olsson will be responsible for the design tasks.
Protected bikeways use physical barriers to separate those who are riding bikes from motorized traffic. By providing people on bikes with their own protected space, the design helps people feel more comfortable biking on city streets. Protected bike lanes also help reduce vehicle conflicts by using physical and visual barriers that encourage predictable and responsible behavior by all street users. As a result, streets become safer for everyone.
Originally labeled as the “last mile” of bike trail in downtown Lincoln within the Downtown Master Plan, the “N” Street protected bikeway’s design is a priority project for the city. The Alta and Olsson team will be challenged to engage the many stakeholders along the corridor while also evaluating a potential phased construction to the ultimate protected bikeway corridor design.
“The ‘N’ Street bicycle track will be a signature element for downtown Lincoln, and we’re very excited to provide our services to make it a reality,” said Olsson Project Manager Justin Petersen, PE, PTOE. “This project will also elevate Lincoln’s reputation as a city that promotes the ‘Complete Streets’ design concepts.”
Work on the conceptual planning task recently kicked off, and the team anticipates holding the first round of stakeholder engagement meetings in late April.