Now that the Barrio Centro parking garage on Broadway Boulevard and Fourth Avenue is nearing completion, the travel lane nearest the garage has reopened, but appears to be missing a bike lane for a short section of the route.
The change prompted one reader to send an email expressing her concern about the road.
“Now that construction is finished on the garage and the road is reopened, my downtown dwelling friends and I (most of whom commute daily to campus and elsewhere for work and graduate school using this route) are horrified at the change. I thought it was bad enough when the construction was happening, but now it’s amazingly much more dangerous and bike-unfriendly. To get to the right of car traffic, a cyclist heading west toward the northbound 4th Ave. underpass has to cross the tracks once to the left to get in between the tracks, then again to the right to get out of the tracks and ride into the tunnel.”
Tom Thivener, the city’s bicycle and pedestrian program manager said even though it appears that the bike lane disappears, it actually goes behind the future streetcar stop.
Thivener said it isn’t clear what cyclists should do because there are no pavement markings. They’ll be added in two weeks.
Check out the photos below to get an idea what it looks like.
Lastly, crews have opened a fire lane behind the parking garage which allows cyclists to avoid the Fourth Avenue underpass intersection altogether.
Cyclists can access the the fire lane off South Toole Avenue. The fire lane connects to a bicycle and pedestrian bridge over Fourth Avenue and dumps cyclists into the Maynards Market & Kitchen parking lot.
Thivener said cyclists will also be allowed to use the sidewalk on the west side of the garage to head south on Fourth Avenue.
Here’s what it looks like.