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City analysis notes bike route’s potential for snarled traffic

Removing a lane for cars in favor of one for bicycles along Second Avenue downtown would cause longer traffic backups during rush hour in at least two locations, Spokane officials said last week. The engineering analysis is part of the growing debate about the future of city street design.

Moscow farmer wants area to grow additional food crops

Rolling hills of golden wheat and the Palouse have become synonymous. But Moscow farmer Garrett Clevenger would like to see some of that wheat land directed toward producing food crops rather than cycles of wheat, lentils and barley, much of which is exported out of the area.

2nd Avenue repaving on track; lines may take time

Second Avenue downtown will be repaved this summer as planned, but the final design may remove one of three vehicle lanes in favor of one for bicycles, city officials say. Councilmen Richard Rush and Jon Snyder had pushed for a complete revamping of the street’s design, a process that could have delayed the project a year or more.

Editorial: Big-picture approach vital to city’s street goals

The city of Spokane has big plans. Our leaders like plans. Comprehensive plans. Bike plans. Street plans. We have lots of big ideas to produce the kind of compact, walkable, mixed-use development that has helped rejuvenate cities all over the country. And while all of that looks great on paper, just drive around town. The vaunted “centers and corridors” plan has produced precious little urban development. That’s because key City Hall departments are ensconced in their respective silos, seemingly determined to implement yesteryear’s suburban growth model of single-family homes and large apartment complexes.

Second Avenue repaving project faces bumpy road

A month after Spokane leaders endorsed goals to make streets more amenable to pedestrians and bicyclists, debate is emerging that could delay one of the city’s largest planned repaving projects this year. At least two City Council members are pushing administrators to redesign Second Avenue downtown before it’s reconstructed this summer.

Consider cost of streets plan

Are “Complete Streets” a good idea for Spokane? Spokane is considering a Complete Streets program, which the City Council could adopt after further discussion. As chairman of the Citizens Streets Advisory Commission, I believe that the residents of Spokane can use some additional information before such a program becomes the city’s official policy.

Policy would emphasize user-friendly Spokane streets

With a populace that has complained loudly for decades about bumpy roads, Spokane’s focus on street money is creating smoother rides for cars. But with voices growing for better bike transportation routes and pedestrian rights, there’s increasing pressure to construct bike lanes, separate sidewalks from the curb, plant more street trees and build bus shelters for transit users.

Jim Kershner: Lincoln roadwork reveals link to the past

You might be surprised by what you find when you scrape Spokane’s surface. Earlier this week, construction crews scraped the asphalt from Lincoln Street – as part of the enormous reconstruction project between 17th Avenue and 29th Avenue – and exposed row after row, block after block of the original red brick paving.

Goals include safe access for walkers, bicyclists

It really had nothing to do with the snow. Dave Robertson, 44, of west Spokane, was walking home from his job at Rings and Things downtown at dusk, on one of the first snowy days in December. Headed west on Second Avenue, he waited at the crosswalk to cross Monroe Street. “The light changes, I start out, the traffic starts out and then, one, two, three, four, bam – I was hit from the right by a car,” Robertson said. The car hit him at knee-level, he buckled and fell, grabbing for the windshield of the car, and the driver stopped.

Freya bridge work enters next phase

Truella Stone often witnessed car crashes during slick conditions in front of her store along Freya Street Cars driving over a railroad bridge struggled to stop at the light at Broadway Avenue. Trucks heading north from the Broadway intersection had difficulty gathering speed to make it up the incline.