Multi-Use Path Demonstration Project on Redmond's 15th Street
The City of Redmond, in conjunction with the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) and Bike Walk Roll Redmond, will be undertaking a 6 month demonstration project along 15th Street to test out the feasibility of a two way multi-use path designed to improve the safety of bicyclists, pedestrians or rollers (such as those on scooters, skateboarders and those in wheelchairs) along a popular stretch of street that connects schools, shopping, parks and downtown (see photo below for what the test will look like).
The project, which will stretch from where 15th Street connects with Highland Avenue, north to where 15th turns into Canyon Boulevard, ending at its intersection with Deschutes Avenue. Included with the plan are the addition of sidewalks along the east side of 15th (see plan below for details). Currently, the street has no bike lanes or sidewalks, yet experiences a high volume of walkers, bikers, and roller (skateboarders, scooters, etc.).
The 15th Street, two way multi-use path seeks to implement the goal of making bike, walk and roll travel safer by separating them from the cars with painted buffer and delineator pylons that further define their space apart from the vehicle travel lanes. Since this concept is new to Redmond, the City and BPAC are proposing to test out its feasibility through a demonstration project where lines are painted on the street and delineators and signage are added for a temporary time-span. During that time, the City will study the impacts and benefits of the design and will be interested in hearing feedback from residents and users of the facility in terms of it functionality. If City Council feels the test was successful, the City will make the changes permanent as part of a street reconstruction project next spring/summer.
We want your comments on the plan! Please join us:
PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE
Wednesday, October 28th, 2015
Redmond City Hall
6:00 -8:00 PM
City staff and planners will be on hand to present the details of the 15th St. plan and to get feedback from the community. The plan is to incorporate comments and begin implementation of the test in the first couple weeks of November.
If you have any questions, please contact Scott Woodford, Associate Planner with the City of Redmond at 541-923-7758.