Thanks to action taken by Muscle Powered, Bike Lanes are back on the Carson City Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) agenda for the Roop Street widening project. Muscle Powered would like to see bike lanes included on the section of Roop Street between Beverly Drive on the north and Washington Street on the south. If you would like to see Roop Street completed to accommodate bicycles, WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT! Please come to the RTC meeting on Wednesday, October 14th at 5:30 PM at the Carson City Community Center, located at the corner of Roop Street and Highway 50 (ironically, the Community Center is located on this very route…the center of the city, with no bike lanes). The item might come up about 6:00, but better to be there early rather than late.
Last month, about 7 of us showed up to show our support for the bike lanes on Roop Street. This was enough of a message for continued discussion, but we need a much stronger message this time! There will be a chance to voice your opinion after the RTC discussion, but you don’t have to speak to show your support. Just being in the room will show the RTC that it’s not just a few die-hards that are interested in bike lanes. Don’t assume someone else will be there to represent you. If you can be there, we need you!
Roop Street is the only real north–south bicycle route available in Carson City, extending from Arrowhead Drive in the north to Clear Creek Avenue in the south, a distance of nearly six miles. All other north-south routes require zig-zagging back and forth across town to connect street sections, while Roop Street and its extensions of Silver Sage Drive to the south and Emerson Drive to the north offer the potential for a complete, linear bicycle route. If the section of Roop Street between Washington Street and Beverly Drive is reconstructed without bicycle lanes, this opportunity will be lost forever, with acceptable alternatives very unlikely.
More information from the Muscle Powered Blog:
Roop Street widening on agenda Oct 14
Originally posted by Dan Allison on the Muscle Powered Blog
The Roop Street widening project will be on the Carson City Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) agenda again this month. This is an informational item, no decisions will be made, but it would be great if Muscle Powered members and supporters attend to show our continued interest and concern on this issue.
The Carson City Public Works staff has come up with some ideas to mitigate the lack of bicycle facilities in the original project plan, and will present these ideas to the commission. This is the section of Roop St between Beverly Dr on the north and Washington St on the south.
The meeting is Wednesday, October 14, in the Sierra Room of the Community Center, and starts at 5:30. Roop St is item G-2. The item might come up about 6:00, but better to be there early rather than late.
From the official RTC agenda:
G-2 Informational update on the design of Phase II of the Roop Street widening project.
Staff Summary: City staff and engineering consultants are currently evaluating modifications to the design for Phase II of the Roop Street widening project that would allow for the provision of bicycle lanes along the entire length of the project. Staff will provide preliminary information regarding potential changes to the design, right-of-way acquisition, overall project costs, impacts to motor vehicle capacity, and schedule for implementation of the project.
From the Carson City website:
Date: 10/14/2009 5:30 PM
Location: Community Center, Sierra Room
851 East William Street
Carson City, Nevada 89701
The RTC Meeting will begin immediately following the CAMPO Meeting, which begins at 5:30 PM.
For additional information regarding this meeting or RTC in general, please contact RTC staff at 887-2355.