Bike Lane Plan Approved
Image on left shows road marking and signage for dedicated bike lane, while on right, road marking and signage for a share the road stretch – images courtesy City of Prince George
Prince George, B.C. – The City of Prince George will soon see dedicated bike lanes marked on 69 lane kilometers of roadway, and if the road is marked as a dedicated bike lane, there will be no parking allowed.
Council has approved the move as outlined in a $70 thousand dollar report from L&M Engineering. There are just under three kilometer lanes of arterial roadway which won’t have dedicated bike lanes because of other issues. In those cases, the roadway will be marked as either shared lane use, or share the road.
Here are the alternatives for those stretches of roadway:
- 15th Avenue (Hwy 97 to Ospika Blvd Westbound) Narrow asphalt width- Share the Road or Shared Use Lane
- Dominion Street (7th Ave. to 1st Ave.) Narrow asphalt and intensive parking- Shared Use Lane
- Rainbow Park (northbound) Intensive event parking- Share the Road
Dedicated Bike Lane: Will be used on most of the arterial roadways. Will feature an image of a bike and a diamond symbol on the pavement and in roadside signage to indicate the lane is reserved for bicycles only
Share the Road:This will be used where parking cannot be removed at this time. The road will be painted and signage erected to indicate bikes and vehicles can use the outer lane
Shared Use Lane- Single File: This will be used where the road is too narrow to permit bikes and vehicles to use the lane side by side, and must share the lane in single file formation.( see image at right)
Councillor Jillian Merrick was thrilled with the report and pointed out that Prince George will have bike lanes “for just the cost of this report” Councillor Brian Skakun didn’t agree noting the cost of the report was just the start “There are going to be significant capital costs down the road, there will be cost of signs, there will be the cost of enforcement and then there will be the cost of impoundment, vehicles will be impounded.”
Future capital costs would be incurred if the City is to address some of the issues noted in the report:
- lack of off-street parking at Rainbow Park on Ospika, the City may have to develop a parking lot to accommodate park visitors
- bikeway connections onto frontage road at 15th and Ospika, and the bulb-out at the bus stop east of Alward and 10th Avenue may have to be changed
- Ospika Boulevard at the soccer fields and CN Centre are examples where further discussion and investigation of alternatives to accommodate the parking conflict complexities are needed;
No one addressed the issue of possible increased costs for snow removal. There was also a suggestion that with parking to be banned on Ospika between 15th and 18th adjacent to the soccer fields, the old sani-dump site on 18th be turned into a drop off zone for soccer players and their families.