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New Project for Safer Cycling in Downtown Kalamazoo Now Underway

New Project for Safer Cycling in Downtown Kalamazoo Now Underway

If you’re traveling through downtown Kalamazoo, don’t be surprised if you see a new barrier for a stretch of bike lanes. A new pilot project…

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If you’re traveling through downtown Kalamazoo, don’t be surprised if you see a new barrier for a stretch of bike lanes.

A new pilot project for a two-way cycle track has just been erected in Kalamazoo, as shared by the Facebook page ModeShift Kalamazoo , a small community collective that focuses on making walking and biking a safe and easy transportation choice.

The project utilizes a wave delineation system from a company called Saris in order to provide a kind of barrier between the cyclist and motorized traffic. They look like this: Where They Are in Downtown Kalamazoo?

This kind of pilot program has been used in major cities like Philadelphia, New Orleans, Minneapolis, and more, according to the product page at saris.com. Since this is a pilot project, these barriers are limited to a couple of streets in Kalamazoo.

The first track, which is bi-directional, is on Lovell St between Kalamazoo Mall and Park Street. The second, which is uni-directional, is for westbound only bike traffic between Park Street and Pearl Street. A Couple of Things to Note Abou this Pilot Project

First , for now, this is temporary. If it goes well, it’s safe to assume that further plans will be made to either make these wave barriers permanent or add additional ones throughout the city. The project timeline is August to September of 2022.

Second , this will impact parking on Lovell Street. Specifically, along the north side of the section of Lovell Street where the barriers have been […]

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