2009 Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects

new bike lane on Winnie Ln

We’ve recently posted several project reports for bicycle and pedestrian projects completed in 2009 by Carson City Public Works, NDOT and Parks and Recreation, and others were posted throughout the year. Here is a list with links back to the original posts.

Carson City Public Works also does ongoing sidewalk repair, which includes replacing buckled and deteriorated concrete, and adding ADA ramps. These projects are scattered about town. I don’t think that this ongoing work is keeping up with the rate of deterioration. A lot of sidewalks in Carson City were either constructed with poor quality materials or not cured properly, and they are falling apart. I believe that it ought to be the responsibility of the adjacent property owner to maintain their sidewalks in good repair, however, state law prevents local entities from requiring that owners do so.

In addition, some bicycle lanes were restriped as part of the routine slurry seal and restriping that happens every year.


Hot Springs shared lane

share the road sign on Hot Springs

Hot Springs Rd was reconstructed last year between Carson St and Roop St. Though Muscle Powered had asked that bike lanes be included, the city felt that there was insufficient right of way to add bike lanes. Instead, they signed the section with “share the road” signs. This is not an official shared lane according to the MUTCD, which requires at least 14 feet for a shared lane, so it will not likely receive the “sharrows” or shared lane pavement marking.

I have observed bicycle use on this section of road, and I use short pieces of it nearly every day since I live in the north end of town and it provides access to Roop St and to Carson St. Experienced bicyclists seem to be comfortable using the road and sharing the lane with vehicles, but I’ve seen almost no inexperienced bicyclists on the road. They instead use the sidewalks. Bicycles on sidewalks is not the end of the world, so long as riders are alert, respectful, slow down and inform pedestrians before passing (with voice or bell), and remember that pedestrians always have the right of way. Nevertheless, it would have been better to provide separate facilities for bicycles.

The section does have nice sidewalks along both sides, which were mostly missing before, and I see a lot more pedestrians now. Quite a number of people now walk here for school bus access, Safeway, the gas station convenience store, the Walmart shopping center, and other destinations.