Merrick Sets Stage for No Parking in Bike Lanes
Prince George, B.C.-Councillor Jillian Merrick will introduce a “notice of motion” to her Council colleagues this evening, and it calls on the City to develop options for ” the removal of onstreet parking on arterial roadways, in accordance with Section 5.2.4 of the City’s Active Transportation Plan.”
That section of the Active transportation Plan says “frequent parking in bicycle lanes impedes the functionality and safety of the facility and should therefore be controlled”
The plan recommends the following actions:
On arterials, on-street parking should be removed where bicycle lanes are necessary. Parking demand can generally be accommodated on the side streets and in parking lots. The removal of parking conflicts on arterial roads also improves traffic flow and safety on main routes. Buses stopping briefly for passengers are not generally a major impediment to bicycle traffic. However, pullouts should be used where possible, and especially at timing points and exchanges.
On collectors with at least 11.5 metres width, a single bicycle lane should be provided on one side of the street with restricted parking, and a shared parking/bicycle lane should be provided on the other side of the street . The parking side should be selected based on the following considerations (in order of priority):
- abutting a sidewalk;
- maximizing the parking supply; facilitating snow removal; and
- minimizing the pedestrian crossings. The selected parking side
- should be consistent between blocks to minimize transitions.
As the notice of motion is only being presented tonight, it won’t be up for discussion and possible action until the next regular meeting of Council