The city commission approved moving forward with the installation of the proposed north-south bicycle route for the city. The Engineering Division, along with the advisement of the Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Subcommittee, had been working on a north-south bicycle route along Washington Avenue and Main Street with Euclid Avenue serving as a connector between the two.
Previously, Washington Avenue and Main Street had two lanes traveling north and two lanes traveling south. The approved plan included reducing the traveling lanes to one lane in each direction allowing the space to add dedicated bicycle lanes and a center turn lane along various portions of the route where space was available.
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The decision to select the portions of Main Street and Washington Avenue was two-fold:
Both routes had low traffic volumes that would be minimally affected by the addition of a center turn lane and the reduction of a travel lane.
The connectivity at the south end of Washington Avenue worked better with Woodward Avenue and the crossing over I-696 (as opposed to Main Street); the connectivity at the north end of Main Street provided access to downtown Clawson, where Washington Avenue did not provide continuous access north of 12 Mile Road.
The selection of various treatments along the route were chosen to balance enhanced cycling and preserve critical areas of on street parking, as well as be cost effective.
Areas that had relatively low traffic and stress levels were conducive to comfortable cycling in the roadway, so the city created shared lanes. Cyclists are able to use the entire travel lane and signage was enhanced to notify motorists.
In other areas with higher traffic and stress levels, dedicated bicycle lanes were installed to accommodate both motorists and cyclists along the roadway.
Campbell Road Bicycle Route
Installed summer 2018
This route connects Ferndale’s Hilton Road bicycle route to Royal Oak’s existing E. Fourth Street bicycle route. The route was installed as part of the 2018 CAP1806 S. Campbell Road Resurfacing Improvements project. A road diet was implemented between Dallas Avenue and E. Fourth Street. S. Campbell Road now has a dedicated center turn lane with one lane of travel for north and south bound drivers, with a dedicated bicycle lane along the curb line.