Council Approves Road Diet in the City of Riverside

Adocacy AdvanceThe City of Riverside residents can look forward to bike lanes along Brockton Avenue. The plan was controversial when it appeared on the agenda last spring, but the council’s five to one vote on October 22 ensured the fruition of the plans. The classic road diet affects 2.35 miles of the avenue, and will reduce the current two lanes in each direction to one lane with a center left turn divider.

Council members noted that the street is currently unsafe for drivers and pedestrians. The addition of bike lanes will serve to slow traffic, reduce collisions and allocate space for healthier, less polluting forms of transportation. The block of the street adjacent to Riverside Community Hospital will remain four lanes to allow sufficient room for traffic flow. A state grant will pay for all but 10 percent of the $466,700 project. Riverside residents can look forward to the completed road diet and bicycle lanes by spring 2014. This story was covered by Press Enterprise, read more here.

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