Sharrows on Harrison 19th and Boyle Park 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 on Harrison, 19th, and Boyle Park roads would create a connection between the 12th St. bike lanes and Boyle Park (Fig. 1).  This connection would have local significance helping to navigate residents of the 12th Street Neighborhood safely to Boyle Park.  It would also have a regional significance, providing a more direct but less protected Midline spur for those going to or from Southwest Little Rock toward downtown.  This connection would increase the convenience and use of the Midline for bike commuters who live in southwest Little Rock.  

Even though the Master Bike Plan GIS layer indicates bike lanes only installed to Jonesburo, bike lanes have been installed up to Harrison St.  Because of street width, parking, and traffic conditions, sharrows might be the most appropriate bicycle facility in this connection.  Extending the 12th St. bike lanes from Harrison to Rock Creek (Fig. 1) may seem a more intuitive and better protected solution, but the street width makes adding bike lanes impossible without reducing the number of traffic lanes and traffic counts make a road diet problematic in this area.  Crossing University is a challenge.  The intersection of 19th and University is signalized with crosswalks.  There are no sidewalks on 19th St.; this spur would be intended for bicycles only.  This crossing would not be nearly as protected or convenient as the University Crossing for the main Midline, but again, this is only intended to be a spur.

Figure 1.  These sharrows would create a much more direct route to 12th St. and downtown, increasing the convenience and use of the Midline for residents of southwest Little Rock.

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.

Sharrows on Harrison, 19th, and Boyle Park:  Sharrows connecting Boyle Park and the 12th St. bike lanes would provide better access to Boyle Park for the 12th St. neighborhood and would create a southwest "shortcut" for the Midline.  I would like the City of Little Rock to install sharrows on South Harrison Street between 12th Street and West 19th St.  I would like the City to install sharrows on 19th Street between South Harrison Street and University.  I would like the City to install sharrows on Boyle Park Road from University to Belmont Drive.  I would like the City to install wayfinding signage at the corner of Boyle Park Road and Belmont Drive indicating that bicyclists should get on the trail. 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.