By Jason Leach
Published February 14, 2013
With the recent work on Victoria Avenue North between Barton and Birge, we have finally converted a four-lane freeway into a walkable, safe street with a nice bike lane.
Curbside parking, bike lanes and reduced driving lanes on Victoria
I walked up and down this stretch and it's so much nicer than the other stretch of Victoria where traffic is faster, noisier and right next to the curb.
The bumpouts mean it is now a comfortable 25 feet to cross the road instead of 40+ feet.
Bumpouts and crosswalk markings make for safer crossings
We could make the bike lanes even safer and more welcoming by adding bollards or planters to protect the bike lanes from cars:
Bollards separate bike lanes from cars (Image Credit: BikeSD)
We could also make the bumpouts better by digging out a piece to plant street trees:
Street trees planted in bumpouts (Image Credit: Green Infrastructure Digest)
Well done Hamilton. Let's get this treatment onto the rest of Victoria along with Wellington, Cannon and Wilson.
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