ST. GEORGE – New dedicated bicycles lanes will be marked for use in the coming weeks in downtown St. George.
In a work session of the St. George City Council, Cameron Cutter, transportation service manager, and Monty Thurber, associate traffic engineer, detailed where new bicycle lanes would be created, as well as discussed where future lanes could be implemented.
Within the coming weeks, Cutler said, the following streets would be striped for bicycle lanes:
- Diagonal Street from Main Street to Bluff Street
- 300 West from Diagonal Street to 300 South
- 300 South from 300 West to 600 East
Preexisting bicycle lanes exist at Lava Flow Drive, Tuweap Drive, Tonaquint Drive, the Bloomington Drive loop, and parts of SunRiver.
Bike lanes versus bike routes
An extensive network on bicycle routes currently exists in St. George, but Thurber explained cyclists on the route still had to share the road with motorists. The routes are also not as extensively marked as bicycle lanes.
“I’d rather have a separate bike lane,” said Gil Almquist, city council member.
Unlike the routes, the bicycle lanes are clearly marked with stripes, Thurber said.
Cutler added the bike lanes may also be a different color from the road in order to help motorists and cyclists differentiate where the lane was and where it wasn’t.
Sgt. Craig Harding, traffic unit supervisor for the St. George Police Department, said the rules regarding bicycle lanes were “pretty straightforward.”
- Vehicles cannot travel in the bicycle lane.
- Cyclists cannot travel outside of the bicycle lane.
- Motorists must give cyclists three feet of space (where possible).
- Cyclists must travel on the right-hand edge of the bicycle lane.
Traffic laws regarding bicycles can be found under the Utah Traffic Code.
Thurber said the implementation of additional bicycle lanes would be done in a “piece meal” manner as funding becomes available.
Bicycle lanes have been proposed for the following streets:
- 600 East from 300 South to 600 South.
- 600 South from 600 East to 800 East.
- 900 East from 700 South to 900 South.
- 900 South from 900 East to 1100 East.
- 2450 East from Red Cliffs Drive to Riverside Drive.
Aside from painting stripes for the lanes, Cutler said it would be necessary to widen the shoulder on certain roads by three-to-five feet. On roads that couldn’t be widened, he said parking along one side of the street may have to be sacrificed in order to make allowance for the bicycle lane.
- The City of St. George master plan for bicycle lanes and routes (PDF)
Copyright 2012 St. George News.