Some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Better Bike Lanes:
1. Why have you chosen 4th Avenue and 24th Street?
4th Ave (between 25th St and 19th St) is wide, with parallel parking lanes on both sides. Unlike 2nd and 3rd, this street design means that separated lanes can be installed with a minimal disruption to traffic flow and parking. In addition, 4th Ave connects directly to Broadway Bridge, which is also a key crossing for cyclists.
With the opening up of 25th to Idylwyld Drive, 24th St will see even less traffic than the small amount it currently does on a daily basis. It also already serves as a key route for cyclists, the addition of separated bike lanes will provide a good route west/east across the downtown and links cyclists into the University Bridge and Meewasin trail.
2. Why are you only asking for temporary separated bike lanes?
We want to demonstrate that separated bike lanes can work in downtown Saskatoon; however, bike lanes need to be built to the particular needs of each street they are installed on. By using temporary bike lanes, the City, cyclists, motorists, and pedestrians, can provide feedback on what works and what needs improvement. These changes can then be made at a minimal cost, which wouldn’t be the case if the bike lanes were installed using more costly permanent materials on the first try.
3. Why is the parking lane not next to the curb?
This allows for the cycling path to be separated from the driving lane without having to remove a significant number of parking spots on 4th Ave or 24th St.
4. What about cyclists getting doored by passengers in parked cars?
The buffer strip between the passenger side door of the parked cars and the separated bike lane ensure that a car door does not inadvertently hit a cyclist. Parked cars can still access the parking meters, just ensuring that they cross the bike lane when its safe to do so, much like crossing the street.