Happy Bike to Work Week!

In celebration of Bike Month, Week (May 15-20), and Day (May 19), GAI is proud to be part of community- and citizen-inspired bike path planning, design, reconfiguration, and safety projects. From traffic studies to road diets, GAI professionals have delivered valuable services that allow cyclists to easily and safely pedal to work, home, and throughout their communities.

Celebrating the Bike for Six Decades

In 1956, the League of American Bicyclists established May as National Bike Month for communities across the nation. Today this occasion continues to grow in popularity as cyclists across the nation unite in support of their two-wheel independence.

The Ability to Cycle

From curbing air pollution to beneficial exercise, cycling as a mode of transportation makes sense. Yet many communities are poorly structured to allow people to cycle safely. Cities are striving to ensure safe infrastructure for cyclists.

Creating Bike-Friendly Communities

In the past, many American cities have revolved around automobile traffic, creating antagonistic environments for cyclists. But cities are now embracing the demand for bike-friendly environments and working with engineering and development companies toward that goal. Established in many of these communities, GAI is actively involved in designing bike friendly projects.

We have worked with our clients to design, create, and improve bikeways in many communities. Some of our efforts for cyclists may be in a neighborhood near you:

Winter Park, FL. GAI, through an intensive consultation process with community stakeholders, developed several streetscape concepts for a one-mile segment of Denning Drive featuring a transformative road diet. Despite right-of-way challenges, driveway cuts, and budget, GAI provided options that reduced the road from four lanes to three (one in each direction with a center turn lane), allowed for a multi-use bike and pedestrian trail, enhanced intersections and crosswalks, and added shade to the trail with more street trees. Construction is expected to begin this year.

Jacksonville, FL. Working with Archer Western, GAI is providing design and construction services for the Fuller Warren Bridge expansion project. The $126 million project includes a bike/pedestrian bridge that will span the St. Johns River resulting in the highest single pedestrian bridge structure in Florida.

Jacksonville, FL. Working with the City of Jacksonville Beach, GAI provided design and construction services for shared space designs in the urban core. These spaces not only share space with bikes and vehicles but also allow bikes to use lanes approaching the downtown uses.

Jacksonville, FL. Working with the City of Jacksonville, GAI is providing design services for bicycle and pedestrian improvements along Riverplace Boulevard that lies on the Southbank of Downtown Jacksonville. By reducing the number of vehicular travel lanes within the right-of-way, the new typical section will include dedicated bike lanes, separated from travel lanes and on-street parking spaces.  This new infrastructure component will not only improve safety conditions to the traveling cyclist, but also play a part in improving access to developing properties along the corridor and to the recently reconstructed Southbank Riverwalk along the St. Johns River

Clearwater, FL. GAI is working with the City of Clearwater on redeveloping its gateway entrance. The plan is to create separated bike lanes and wider sidewalks by taking away two driving lanes between Missouri and Gulf Bay.

Two Stage Left Turn Box
Source: BikePGH video – How to Use the 2-Stage Left Turn Box

Pittsburgh, PA. As part of the Highland Avenue and East Liberty Boulevard intersection reconfiguration/safety improvement project, GAI worked with the Urban Redevelopment Authority  to study, design, and ultimately deliver the first use of Two Stage Left Turn Boxes within the City of Pittsburgh. Making a left turn is often one of the most challenging maneuvers for cyclists, and implementing a two stage turn eliminates the conflicts with opposing through traffic. The application worked so well at this intersection, that BikePGH, a local advocacy group, posted an informational video on how to use the two state left turn box within a week of opening the intersection to traffic. The project started as Pittsburgh Public School’s Obama Academy of International Studies and the School District’s desire to provide safer transit and bicycle/pedestrian options for students and the community.

Wauwatosa, WI. GAI led the visioning to redesign several streets and intersections in the historic Wauwatosa Village. Nearing completion, the project has received overarching support for a complete redesign of park space, six gateway intersections, and more than 6,000 linear feet of streetscape. New solutions represent many progressive ideas, such as road realignment and road diets, low-impact rain gardens, shared space street designs, parklets, integrated cycle trails, and reverse-angle parking on two primary shopping streets.

KanawhaCharleston, WV. GAI worked with the City of Charleston to plan a new bikeway, the Kanawha Trestle Walk and Bikeway System, a two-lane bikeway along Kanawha Boulevard from Pennsylvania Avenue to the Patrick Street Bridge. The project entails narrowing the existing four drive lanes and removing the grass median to make way for the new bikeway. The lane width reduction will also encourage safer and slower driving speeds. The project should be completed by the end of summer 2017.

With these bike lane projects, GAI continues to help make our communities safer and more accommodating for cyclists. Look for more bike lane developments in neighborhoods near and around you soon. In the meantime, get out your bike and helmet, and take advantage of these newly installed features in your community. Have fun cycling, and be safe!

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