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Making a bike-friendly ‘Boat

City officials seeking comment on proposed routes, lanes

Alexis DeLaCruz

— Local bicyclists who’ve wanted designated bike routes and lanes soon may have those wishes granted.

But before city officials begin putting up signs designating city streets as bike routes and painting white stripes to identify bike lanes, they want feedback on the proposals.

George Krawzoff, the city’s transportation director, encourages residents to contact him about the 17 areas that would be affected by the designations.

“We wanted to make sure the people who live along these routes had the opportunity to comment before anything happens,” he said.

Bike routes and lanes are being proposed for at least a dozen city streets including Yampa Avenue, Oak Street, Fish Creek Falls Road and Hilltop Parkway.

“The goal was to satisfy several criteria, including steering bicycle traffic to lower-volume streets while understanding they need a direct route, too,” Krawzoff said.

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Creating safer bicycle routes around the city’s schools also was a major consideration, he said.

Krawzoff said the next step is to purchase the necessary signage and paint the bike lanes.

The effort is part of the larger push to make Steamboat Springs more bicycle friendly – a project that began in April 2005. City officials are working to implement the Bicycle Friendly Community Initiative, which recognizes communities that provide safe and plentiful bicycle access, and convenient bike parking.

The Steamboat Springs City Council is expected to review the city’s BFC application at its July 24 meeting.

“This has been a long time coming,” Krawzoff said. “It’s something people have been calling for.”

The project is the result of efforts from the city’s transportation and public works departments, Routt County Riders bicycle club and a consultant, Krawzoff said.

For more information or to comment about the proposals, call 879-3717.

Intended bike routes

City officials intend to designate the following streets as bike routes in an effort to make Steamboat Springs more bicycle friendly. Three of the routes will have designated bike lanes with white stripes. Officials are seeking public comments about the designated routes and lanes.

– Yampa Avenue from Fourth to 12th streets

– Oak Street from Third to 12th streets

– Seventh Street from Yampa Avenue to Missouri Avenue, with a bike lane striped from Oak Street to Missouri Avenue

– Missouri Avenue from Seventh Street to North Park Road

– North Park Road from Missouri Avenue to city limits

– 12th Street from Lincoln Avenue to Merritt Street

– Merritt Street from 12th to Yahmonite streets

– Yahmonite Street from Merritt Street to Ninth Street

– Aspen Street from Ninth to Seventh streets

– Third Street from Lincoln Avenue to Pine Street

– Pine Street from Third to Second streets

– Second Street from Pine to E. Maple streets

– E. Maple Street from Second Street to Amethyst Drive

– Amethyst Drive from Fish Creek Falls Road to city limits

– Fish Creek Falls Road from Third Street to city limits, with a bike lane striped from Third Street to Tamarack Drive

– Tamarack Drive from Fish Creek Falls Road to Hilltop Parkway

– Hilltop Parkway from Tamarack Drive to U.S. Highway 40, with a bike lane striped along the entire segment