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Hyattsville Faces Bike, Pedestrian Improvement Decision

First phase of new bicycle routes throughout city could begin construction this spring.

The Hyattsville City Council got an update last night on progress towards implementing the city's bicycle and pedestrian improvement plan. Now, in addition to the approved plans to build the first phase of a network of bicycle lanes throughout Hyattsville, city leaders have to decide wether or not they want to add another $20,000 to upgrade pedestrian crosswalks at several intersections along the planned bicycle routes. 

Back in in March, , which will cut north and south and east and west across the city along 40th and 41st avenues, Nicholson, Hamilton, Gallatin and Farragut streets. 

Since then, engineers have returned with designs which call for pedestrian improvements like wheelchair accessible curb cut-outs and crosswalk striping at a number of intersections. These details were not a part of the basic scope of design work called for by the city council back in March. As such, it would cost roughly $20,000 to add them to the plans and construct them. 

The Bike and Pedestrian Improvement project is funded with $110,000 with a matching 2011 Community Legacy grant from the Maryland Department of Community Development. The grants require that at least 50 percent of the grant be spent within one year of being awarded. So far, the city has spent $55,000 on a number of bicycle racks which have been installed throughout the city.

The remaining half of grant funds are earmarked for the implementation of the bike lane striping and signange. 

If the city decides to proceed with all work, including the pedestrian intersection improvements, the city would have to authorize the expenditure above the remaining grant funds to cover the costs of the total project, estimated at $72,320. 

If approved soon, Hyattsville cyclists could see the first of the new lanes laid down by early spring of next year.

That would only be the first of a planned three-phase series of bicycle route improvements throughout the city.

Michael Theis December 04, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Here's an informative and well produced video about the Idaho stop - http://vimeo.com/4140910 - Just makes sense, in my opinion.
Jasmin December 04, 2012 at 07:35 PM
I agree with Michel and Edward. I am a cyclist myself and don’t bike more or to work because of the safety issues around the city, (I park in Mt Rainier and drive to DC in the summer months) if there were biker-friendly routes they would be used more. If you built it they will come! This is what makes a lot of places in VA more appealing to people and is the reason I am sure as to why they are whiling to pay more. This kind of change we need on our roads, we are only a few miles from the District and many more people, just like they do from Arlington or Alexandria, would bike in to work rather than drive or metro. Also, those changes attract a different kind of neighbor (the one you want to have around), you don’t see drug dealers and trouble makers hanging out in clean well traveled roads. So is it really a waste of money? I don’t think so. Those of us that moved to this city and like it here are hoping for a walkable city and more alternate form of transportation, this is a good opportunity to have both. If you really hate it here I am sure you “could” be welcome in another area…
Deirdre December 06, 2012 at 04:59 PM
BigDan… what a bleak outlook you have. What environment would you be happy in I wonder! Completely agree with other comments however, and I too would gladly bike into DC if only biking in the city were not so scary. Not only is it better for the environment but would also be much better for my health, expanding girth and declining spondulix. Appreciate all the improvements made to our community in the 5 years that I’ve been living here by the way.
Ben Sander December 06, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Hello All, I agree more bike friendly access to DC needs to occur. I do bike commute from Brentwood to Chinatown everyday for the most part. The worst part is the section of RI I have to take before turning on Monroe which takes you straight to Brookland and the Metropolitan Branch Trail which takes me into downtown DC. It can be done but is still way to hard to do!
Jeff Lemieux December 28, 2012 at 03:32 PM
This video shows my favorite route from Hyattsville to DC -- stays off RI completely. -Jeff https://vimeo.com/33884169

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