Fort Worth’s first two-way bike lane, and its second protected bike lane, could be constructed as early as next spring.
The cycle track is part of a proposed project for 10th Street that would improve connectivity between the Trinity Trails and downtown. It will also include a sidewalk on the north side of 10th and crosswalk striping.
The proposed project will be constructed in two phases, said Julia Ryan, Senior Planner with the city of Fort Worth, at a public meeting Thursday, and the first phase is expected to begin this winter.
Phase 1 will include the sidewalk installation from Fournier Street to Forest Park and improvements to the crossing at Forest Park and 10th Street — striping and a push-button activated signal light that would serve as an early warning to drivers that a pedestrian or cyclist is crossing.
Phase 2 of the project includes installation of a two-way cycle track for bikes from Penn Street to Forest Park. The track would be protected, with concrete buffers, making it Fort Worth’s second protected bike lane — the first will be constructed in August in north Fort Worth near a school, Ryan said.
The construction of this phase depends on the completion of the project at Trinity Terrace, which is undergoing renovation, but it could begin as early as next spring, Ryan said.
The cost of the project is estimated at about $140,000, funded by the 2014 Bond Program for bike and pedestrian infrastructure.
Business owners’ concern
There were several business owners at the public meeting that had concerns over the proposed project. A representative of EECU, the credit union located at 10th and Penn, expressed concern over EECU getting sued if there were an accident at one of the three driveways into the business on 10th. “Someone’s going to get hurt,” he said.
Another business, American Association of Professional Landmen, on the corner of W. 7th Street and Fournier Street, said the timeline for the project was unrealistic.
But there were also cyclists at the meeting who said the project would make their commutes into and out of downtown easier and safer, especially when crossing Forest Park, where drivers often exceed the 50-mile per hour speed limit.
What do you think?
Do you think that 10th Street, between Forest Park and Penn, is the best spot for Fort Worth’s first two-way cycle track? Do you have any concerns over its installation there? Would it benefit your commute?