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Proposal for West Cucharras 'bicycle boulevard' at public meeting Sept. 10

A bicyclist (not shown) is treated after a recent traffic accident at 26th and Robinson streets. Safety is the impetus for a proposal for the city to mark "bicycle boulevards" on designated neighborhood streets.
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       A plan to designate “bicycle boulevards” off the main streets will be presented at a public meeting Thursday, Sept. 10 at the Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St., starting at 5:30 p.m.
       On the Westside, the proposal would put pavement markings for that purpose on Cucharras Street, according to Tim Roberts of City Traffic Engineering. He described this as a “low impact” change to aid bicycle rideability. “The expert [bicycle] drivers use Colorado Avenue,” he said. “Those who are less skilled would probably feel more comfortable riding on Cucharras.”
       The two-lane street, which parallels Colorado one block to the south and has less traffic, is a logical choice because it connects to the Midland Trail “at its east and west ends,” Roberts said. This would be between Chestnut Street and about 29th Street.
       Also, designating Cucharras could be a way of directing bicycle traffic to the Old Colorado City historic shopping district. “The Midland Trail avoids Old Colorado City,” he said.
       Leading up to the city proposal, in the past year city crews regraded and then paved about a seven-foot segment of Cucharras to improve its westerly connection to the trail, he said.
       The Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) has worked with the city on the idea and will be taking public input at the meeting, along with the city, according to OWN President Welling Clark. The meeting will also be open to the possibility of designating other bike boulevards on the Westside, he said.

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(Posted 9/2/15; Transportation: General)

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