Booker Street Sharrows Infrastructure Request

Public Works is currently taking requests from residents for infrastructure projects for the 2019-2021.  I have been approached from several people who are interested in projects that would make Little Rock a better place for bicycle and pedestrian modes of transportation but who are not familiar enough with current BikePed challenges and opportunities to make a meaningful request.  It is in that spirit that I share with you this and other ideas.  Unless Little Rock residents fill out an infrastructure request form for this idea, it will not be considered for the 2019-2021 funds.  The demand for each idea is measured, in part, by the number of residents requesting an idea.  Support from local organizations, businesses, and neighborhood associations can also help increase the likelihood that a project is selected for implementation.  Requests are due by September 30, 2017.

Sharrows do not provide the minimum level of traffic separation we require of the core Midline.  The crossing at Markham and Booker is poorly designed for a bicyclist, but can be done by dismounting when crossing both Markham and Booker.  The benefit to creating this connection is that it provides a much more direct route from 7th St. to Hillcrest and the Heights for people willing to ride on a sharrow and cross Markham at Booker (Fig. 1).  These sharrows would primarily provide a wayfinding benefit (Fig. 2)

Figure 1.  The nominal cost of creating sharrows on five blocks of Booker will help cyclists navigate from 7th St. to Hillcrest and the Heights.

Figure 2.  Booker is a quiet, residential street.  The sharrows would primarily be for wayfinding.

If this is a project you would like to see completed, feel free to use any of the below language you would like to complete an infrastructure request form and submit it to Public Works no later than September 30th (postal mail and email addresses can be found on the form):

1) Briefly describe the proposed project.  Please include the boundaries of the project.

Booker Street Sharrows:  Creating sharrows on five blocks of Booker St. would have a nominal cost, but would create an important connection between the bike lanes of 7th St. and Hillcrest and the Heights.  7th St. is a critical bicycle and pedestrian corridor, but its utility requires connectivity out of Stifft Station.  I would like the City of Little Rock to install sharrows on South Booker Street between 7th Street and Markham. If a new Master Plan reroutes the Midline to a route that bypasses this project's location, I would like the funding requested here to go toward making BikePed improvements to support that corridor.

2) Indicate if this is a new project or a continuation of an existing project.

This is a new project.