An artist rendering shows proposed bike lanes at the intersection of Wyoming Road and Innovation Way. On the left are the apartments being built at The Grove, formerly known as College Square. A cyclist crosses Wyoming Road where it intersects the Pomeroy Trail. Newark officials are considering installing new protected bike lanes on Wyoming Road to make the road more friendly to cyclists.
The upgrades are targeted toward the casual rider who is interested in cycling but isn’t comfortable riding in traffic.
“The more comfort someone has with riding a bike around town, the more they’ll do it,” Public Works Director Tim Filasky said. “With $5 a gallon gas, it is becoming more of a necessity that we provide these opportunities to our residents and guests.”
It is a corridor that will become more important with the redevelopment of College Square Shopping Center, now called The Grove at Newark. Construction is underway on apartments and new retail space at the shopping center, which will soon be home to nearly 400 people.
The road also provides connections to the Pomeroy and Hall trails, both of which are among the most-used biking and walking trails in the state.
The large width of Wyoming Road provides plenty of room for adding amenities for cyclists, but the width also has a downside – the wide, straight road encourages motorists to drive faster than the posted speed limit, which can be more dangerous for cyclists.
Officials said the road is ideal for conversion to a lower-stress solution for cyclists, due […]