2015 Planned Bicycle Projects
Mason Street bicycle lanes
As a public safety improvement, the City is exploring options to provide dedicated bike lanes along Mason St., between Laurel and Cherry. As an extension of the Mason Trail, Mason Street serves as an important connection for people bicycling. Currently, shared lane markings are provided along most of the corridor; through public input regarding multiple near-miss situations between cyclists and motor vehicles, the City is proposing to implement bike lanes along the corridor to achieve a safe, multi-modal street for all. Between August and October, Staff will conduct outreach with key stakeholders to review designs and solicit feedback.
Columbia Road Buffered Bike Lanes (Stover to Lemay)
Through the City’s Street Maintenance Program, buffered bike lanes were installed on Columbia Rd., between Lemay and Stover St. This is a recommendation of the 2014 Bicycle Master Plan.
Swallow Road Bike Lane Improvements, at Shields St.
Through the City’s Street Maintenance Program, the Swallow Road bike lanes were extended up to the intersection of Shields and Swallow, on the eastbound approach. Green paint was provided at the intersection merge areas as well as a bike box at the eastbound approach on Swallow. Swallow is identified as a low-stress route in the City’s Bike Plan. Additional improvements will occur along Swallow Road in 2016.
Laurel Street Protected Bike Lane Pilot Project
A demonstration project will be installed along a portion of Laurel Street, between Howes and Remington Streets. Pilot projects are typically smaller-scale and shorter-term than full infrastructure projects with the intention of testing the impact and effectiveness of new designs and collecting user feedback. The Laurel Street Pilot Project involves multiple bicycle facility designs including: bollard-protected bike lanes, parking-protected bicycle lanes, a bike box and enhanced shared lane markings or sharrows. The project is largely funded by Kaiser Permanente's Walk and Wheel award program. For more information: fcgov.com/laurel
Remington Street between Mountain Avenue and Spring Park Drive was identified as a key location to pilot a ‘Green Street’ concept. As a North-South corridor paralleling College Ave., Remington provides an important route for people on foot and bike, offering easy access to Downtown and CSU. Remington St. is identified in the City’s 2014 Bicycle Master Plan as part of the 2020 low-stress bicycle network. The Remington Greenway project will be completed in Fall 2015, and will include buffered bike lanes, a rain garden, intersection improvements, and pedestrian bulb-outs. For more information: fcgov.com/remingtongreenway
Eco-TOTEM Bicycle Counter, Remington Greenway
With funding from Kaiser Permanente, the City will install Fort Collins’ first Eco-TOTEM bicycle counter along the Remington Greenway. The bicycle counter will collect and display the number of cyclists passing by a certain location through a visible, 8’ tall digital totem. People will be able to see how many cyclists have traveled along the Remington Greenway over the course of one year and one day. Data will be displayed in real time.
McMurry Ave. Buffered Bike Lanes
Through the City’s Street Maintenance Program, buffered bike lanes have been added along McMurry Ave., south of Harmony Road. In 2014, buffered bike lanes were installed north of Harmony.
Shared Lane Markings
Through the City’s Street Maintenance Program, shared lane markings were added along Paddington Road and Moss Creek Drive, as recommended in the City’s 2014 Bicycle Master Plan. Shared lane markings are ideal on bikeway streets with relatively low traffic volumes and speeds, and where there is limited space to provide dedicated bike lanes.
Bicycle Wayfinding System Improvements
In early 2015, the City initiated the development of a comprehensive bicycle wayfinding system plan as a primary recommendation of the 2014 Bicycle Master Plan. Over the course of six months, the City will complete a signage plan that includes a citywide bicycle wayfinding system map, recommended sign designs, placement guidance, and sign programming for five priority routes. The City aims to begin its wayfinding system implementation following the completion of this plan in late 2015.
Spot Improvement: Heatheridge/Lynwood and Prospect
Key to developing a successful low-stress bicycle network in Fort Collins is improving key intersections for bicycle travel. As an important connection to Bennett Elementary and the Spring Creek Trail, the City is developing designs to improve the crossing at Heatheridge/Lynwood and Prospect. Improvements are planned for Fall 2015. For more information, please visit: http://www.fcgov.com//bicyclecrossings
Taft hill buffered bike lanes, Laporte to Mulberry
Through the City’s Street Maintenance Program, buffered bike lanes were installed along Taft Hill between Mulberry and Laporte. Given the relatively low traffic volumes on this stretch of Taft Hill, the four-lane cross-section was reduced to three lanes, providing room for dedicated buffered bike lanes.
For information regarding multi-use trail improvements, please visit: http://www.fcgov.com/parks/trails.php