The City of Richmond is moving forward with implementation of recommendations from the Bike Master Plan to design and construct approximately 25 lane miles of bike lanes.
On Tuesday November 22, 2016 the City held a public meeting at the City’s Downtown Public Library to present conceptual and detailed plans for ten streets throughout the City, including Williamsburg Road and Government Road. The meeting was conducted as an open-house format that presented concepts and, in some cases design options, in order to seek public input on design preferences.
When given a choice between two alternatives for one corridor, the public was often asked to choose between a curb-side buffered bike lane with a floating parking lane to provide occasional physical protection, or a buffered bike lane sandwiched between the parking and travel lane (see Brook Road example below). The option of a bike lane protected by plastic bollards, some amount of curb, or even attractive planter boxes was not included. And yet, that’s what people seem to want the most. Our opinion is that even a little physical protection on a curb-side bike lane can go a long way in making people feel safe and comfortable and ensuring that people don’t drive or park cars in the bike lanes.
Want to share your input? Download the comment sheet and sent it to the Department of Public works via email to Jakob.Helmboldt@Richmondgov.com. Comments will be accepted through mid-December.
The plan for Government Road is broken up into three sections. The first 2 sections do not offer options. Section 3 through Fulton has 2 options – either a marked shared lane, or a buffered curbside lane (which would remove the on street parking)
There is one proposed plan for Government Road, with buffered lanes map to the travel lane.