Main 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.
Main Street has been the focus of revitalization and livability improvements lately. It is the only north-south street proposed to have continuous bike facilities from Markham to Roosevelt (and most of this section already has bike lanes), making it arguably the most important north-south corridor in the downtown area (Fig. 1). The section from 7th St. to Markham is on the Master Bike Plan to get sharrows, but they have not yet been installed. This north-south corridor is critical for the success of our bike share program launching in Spring 2018 and critical for the utility of the proposed Midline.
Figure 1. Main St. is arguably the most important north-south bike route in the downtown area.
If this is a project you would like to see completed, feel free to use any of the language below 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.
Main Street Sharrows: Main Street is perhaps the most important north-south bicycle corridor in the downtown area. Much of the difficult work to create a place for bikes on this street has already been done with installed bike lanes from Roosevelt to 7th Street Installing the sharrows proposed in the Master Bike Plan from 7th to Markham would increase the utility of Main Street's installed bike lanes and increase the success of our new bike share program. I would like the City of Little Rock to install sharrows on Main St. from Markham to 7th Street. 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 implementing a project included on the Master Bike Plan.