ASU about to shaft College Avenue bicyclists?

Word on the street is that redevelopment of the large ASU owned parcel on College Avenue between 5th Street and University Drive, includes elevation plans that show complete REMOVAL of bike lanes from College Avenue running the entire stretch between 5th Street and University (the north end campus entrance).

Approval of these plans by Tempe would be a major blow to the horde of cyclists, many of which are students, that use College Avenue to access ASU campus after de-boarding the METRO light rail at 5th and College. This outright removal of bicycle infrastructure contradicts the Bicycle Friendly Community designation Tempe has held for many years. The city is listed as a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) by the League of American Bicyclists.

To add insult to injury, there’s talk of ASU placing signage requiring bicyclists to dismount at the entrance to campus at College/University and walk their bicycle, but it is unclear whether this means a ban of cycling on the ASU Mall and if so, whether it would only be the main North/South Mall, the East/West walkways as well, or all pedestrian areas campus-wide?

I’ll be presenting this to the Tempe Bicycle Action Group board for immediate advocacy action.

2 Comments to “ASU about to shaft College Avenue bicyclists?”

  1. By Monk, July 21, 2011 @ 14:45

    According to Eric Iwerson of the Tempe Transportation Commission, and current TBAG board member, the intent is to extend the use of the full lane along College Avenue to cyclists and not relegate them to constricting bicycle lanes.

  2. By Tom, July 21, 2011 @ 14:51

    Then it should be a sharrow the entire length. This part of College is heavily traveled by city buses and Orbit circulator vehicles. Hardly the type of traffic that bicyclists should be mixing with, especially given some of the egregious behavior I’ve personally witnessed and been subject to from bus drivers. Also, the law already allows bicyclists to use the full lane when necessary. While I generally agree with vehicular cycling, given the type of traffic along this road I believe there should be bicycle specific infrastructure.

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