Bike Lane and Parking Pain Up for Discussion at Council
Prince George, B.C.- Bike to Work Week may be underway, but Prince George City Council will be asked this evening to put the wheels in motion on a re-worked bike plane plan.One of the most contentious areas is Ospika Boulevard between 15th and 22nd, adjacent to the soccer fields and the CN Centre. While the report makes it clear the City plans to move ahead on banning parking from that stretch, it suggests a period of ” “education and coordination” before implementing the no parking rules on Ospika Boulevard adjacent to the soccer fields. The lack of parking on that stretch of Ospika is also a concern for the CN Centre when major events are sold out.
Public consultation in March identified some other areas of concern:
- Ospika Boulevard – 5th Ave to 10th Ave (adjacent to Rainbow Park)
- 15th Ave – Ospika Boulevard to Hwy 97
- 10th Ave – Burden Street to McBride Crescent
The City has it’s own concerns, as snow removal along the bike lanes could add extra costs to that budget, while the removal of parking along Ospika near Rainbow Park could see the City lose income from wedding bookings as there is no other place to park and the gazebo is a popular spot for wedding photos.
The report to Council outlines three specific types of bike lanes:
1. Dedicated Bikeway – restricts parking and stopping; to be used on 33km of arterial road (69km of bike lanes) included within the project. The report recommends that parking be allowed for up to 3 kilometres of the cycle route on arterial roads,
2. Share the Road – to be used where parking cannot be removed at this time because of the lack of available off-street parking for the adjacent land-use or where time is needed to work out alternative parking;
3. Shared Use Lane – Single File Operation – to be used where there is no sufficient width for a dedicated bike lane; speed limit of 30 or 40 kph is recommended to minimize vehicular and cyclist conflict;