Biking Shorts - February 17, 2013
By Barbara Schmid
By early summer bicyclists can expect to have more places to park in downtown Grand Rapids.
Six on-street bike corrals will be installed on area streets thanks to an initiative by the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority. The plan was approved by the Parking Commission on February 14.
The six bike corrals will displace six car parking spots. About 15 bikes fit into the space where one car can park.
Locations of the bike corrals are:
SW corner of E. Fulton St. & Jefferson Ave. SW
NE corner of Ottawa Ave. & Monroe Center NW
NE corner of Commerce Ave. & Oakes St. SW
SW corner of W. Fulton St. & Ionia Ave. SW
Monroe Center between Pearl Ave. & Ottawa Ave.
Monroe Center between Division Ave. & Ionia Ave.
The plan for additional bicycle parking also includes about 140 U-shaped bike racks at off-street locations.
Non-Motorized Trail Gets Connected in Ada
Last year, a new bridge was built over the Grand River on Fulton Street (M-21) in Ada with plans to eventually connect the non-motorized trails on either side. While the bridge has four lanes of traffic and a protected pedestrian/bicycle lane, the ped/bike lane dead-ended on the east side of the bridge.
The original plan called for the ped/bike path to continue along Fulton St. to Pettis Ave. where it would then connect to the non-motorized path on Vergennes St. But a recent development suggests that the connecting trail will now run through a wooded area behind the small strip mall on the corner of Pettis Ave.
Bids for the work are expected to start in April with construction of the path completed in July.
This connection will allow cyclists easy access from downtown Cascade and Ada to the complete network of trails.
Grandville Grant Funds Crosswalk Refuge
A federal grant of $118,400 in addition to local matching funds of $29,600 will fund the construction of a crosswalk island on Wilson Avenue for Buck Lake Trail users in Grandville.
The island refuge will consist of a raised and protected curb along with pedestrian-activated warning signs. This will allow cyclists and pedestrians to cross two lanes of traffic at a time instead of all four.
Island refuges and medians are one component of a Complete Streets design that improves the safety of cyclists and pedestrians on area streets.
Some elements of the above stories were originally reported on MLive.
GGRBC’s Maps Supplement to Reading Program
Author Sue Stauffacher’s newest children’s book, Special Delivery!, has been chosen for the One Book, One City reading program for the City of Grand Rapids. This program is geared to fourth graders in an effort to instill a lifelong interest in reading.
How does this relate to GGRBC?
One, her book’s characters ride bicycles around the city rescuing animals.
Two, a total of 2,000 of GGRBC’s Bike Grand Rapids maps will be given to the participating children. The purchase of these maps was made possible by the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation and the Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation.