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When residents of Europe’s major cities finally emerge from weeks of lockdowns later this month, they’ll be met with at least one enduring change from the pandemic: miles and miles of new bike lanes.
In the past 10 years, the city has more than tripled its miles of bikeways and connected parts of town previously impassable on two wheels. With a new batch of elected officials entering office in 2020, it remains to be seen if that momentum will carry over into the 2020s.
A Washington state appeals court has ruled cities must provide safe roadways for all traffic, including bicycles. According to the Associated Press, the three-judge panel found that cycling is a mode of “ordinary travel,” not just a sport, so cities must maintain roads for safe...
The Spokane City Council approved $500,000 for the design and construction of a greenway on Cincinnati Street between Spokane Falls Boulevard and Euclid Avenue.
There is a place in downtown Spokane where the bike lane ends. It’s at Main Avenue and Howard Street, and it’s not the greatest transaction for cyclists. When the light turns green, they either must join a lane of traffic rushing ahead to turn right on Washington, or they must pedal furiously to keep up with four lanes of traffic heading to Division.
Depending on who you ask, the east gateway to Coeur d’Alene is either a thriving business district or an urban blemish. An up-and-coming working neighborhood with grit, or drab and neglected – ripe for revitalization. Reality resides somewhere between these extremes. East Sherman Avenue is neither dilapidated nor as vibrant as other parts of town. But it’s now at the center of a city-led discussion on what could be done to improve the 12-block corridor from downtown east to Interstate 90.
Seltice Way is a fast-moving and increasingly busy street linking Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls. It also serves as a handy detour when Interstate 90 gets gummed up. If you’re on foot or riding a bike, though, Seltice is far from inviting. Cars and trucks rule the road, with narrow shoulders and no curbs or sidewalks along most of the 4-mile stretch from Northwest Boulevard in Coeur d’Alene west to Ross Pointe Road/state Highway 41 in Post Falls.
As engineers for the city of Spokane get ready to rebuild Havana Street south of 37th Avenue in 2015, they are also proposing a new paved pathway on an undeveloped portion of the 44th Avenue right of way. Last week, city officials held a meeting for Southgate Neighborhood residents to talk about plans for the pathway that would run from Freya Street to Havana.
When it comes to commuting on two wheels, Spokane is no Portland or Minneapolis, but it has maintained its status among their vaunted ranks. The city announced Tuesday that it has retained its bronze-level bicycle-friendly designation from the League of American Bicyclists, reflecting its growing numbers of bike commuters, bike lanes and efforts to educate the public about cycling’s health benefits. But city officials say there’s more work to be done.
Sara Stime bikes to work every now and again. A couple of days a week, she throws her bike in her car and drives down Sunset Hill to Browne’s Addition, where she parks. After unloading her bike, it’s a quick ride to Atticus, the downtown Spokane coffee shop where she works.
The Howard Street corridor in Spokane from Fourth Avenue to Buckeye Street is being turned into a bicycle route. In addition, a bicycle loop is being marked off in the downtown area west of Howard.
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.
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.
Bike lanes, improved sidewalks and other transportation amenities will get a renewed focus in the city of Spokane. The Spokane City Council agreed Monday to direct city workers to “identify the gaps” and locate “opportunities to supplement and fund” complete street plans.
A lane of travel in a block of a downtown street will be eliminated this summer to make way for a bigger parking lot. The Spokane Public Facilities District next week plans to start construction on a new lot across from the INB Performing Arts Center to replace a hodgepodge of lots currently on the site.
Opening of the Prairie Trail in the Coeur d’Alene area last summer – a complement to the Centennial Trail between Spokane and North Idaho – is part of a push to expand non-motorized transportation in Kootenai County. Residents are invited to help plan trails, bike lanes, sidewalks and crossings to improve the opportunities for getting around without a motor vehicle in North Idaho.