On July 13, 2009, City staff briefed the Council regarding the status of implementing Bicycle Lanes and Bike Route signage along Custer Parkway (Campbell to Renner) and Grove Road (Centennial to Arapaho) in addition to the status of the City’s overall Bicycle Route Plan. The bike lanes are a very high profile initiative to calm traffic and provide a safe bicycle environment on both Custer and Grove. This webpage includes several exhibits that display the initial limits of these bike lanes, as well as a graphical illustration of the typical roadway cross-section and the Richardson Bicycle Route Plan.
The Custer and Grove bike lanes are the first implementation of on-street lanes through neighborhoods in Richardson. They are a trial case and will be evaluated for effectiveness before they are implemented elsewhere. Their purpose is two-fold: first, they are intended to provide a safe environment for bicycles; secondly, the lanes are intended to narrow the travel lane down to 10 feet for motorists. With the wide unmarked travel lanes, some motorists have used the entire width of the roadway for travel. The slightly narrower travel lane, and clear indication that the right lane is not for passing vehicles, will encourage motorists to drive at a more reasonable speed. The traffic moving through the neighborhood will be further from the parked vehicles, mailboxes and the sidewalk thereby giving the adjacent residents a wider safe zone from the traffic. Parking in front of homes will not be prohibited because the bike lane and parking lane will have a combined width of approximately 12 feet.
City staff met on several occasions with the Canyon Creek Homeowners Association and the Highland Terrace Neighborhood Association, both of which worked diligently to gather community support, and gained a significant level of positive input from the residents along each roadway. If the residents on Custer and Grove did not support the initiative to calm traffic speeds and enhance bicycle safety, the City would not have moved forward with implementation.