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City of Arcata to launch Bicycle Boulevard

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ARCATA- The City of Arcata is working to transform two streets to make them safer for bicycles. The city is working on a project that will turn 10th and I Streets into Bicycle Boulevard.

 

Under the proposed plan the streets would have more signage and striping to calm traffic and improve bike safety. The modifications to the street would stretch on I Street from 17th to Samoa Blvd. and on 10th Street from the Transit Center on F Street west to Q Street.

 

"Bicycle Boulevard is no different than any other street," said Netra Kahtri, Deputy Director of Public Works for the city. Kahtri said all vehicles will still be able to drive on the streets and parking would not be reduced. He said larger delivery trucks will still be able to have access to businesses just like they do now.

The project will be funded by a portion of a grant the city has already received from Caltrans. The remainder of the grant, $173,612, is available for the street project.

The funds will go toward building more bicycle parking and building bulb outs on the intersection of 10th and I Street.

Kahtri said the project promotes on of the city's goals to reduce car trips in town by half by 2020. "This is one step toward that," he said.

Bicyclist, Brian Federici, said he liked the idea, but said he was concerned about how it would affect traffic. "I'm not sure how much pressure that would put on motorized traffic, but I think it's a good idea to move the bike path closer to the plaza," he said.

The city will hold two public meetings to get input from business owners and residents. The first will be held at the Arcata City Council Chamber on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. and April 24th at 4:30 p.m.

Construction is expected to start in September.