Greening the Triangle
on December 11, 2010
The City of Richmond has completed two new draft plans aimed at making bicycling and walking in the city easier—and safer. Between 2004 and 2008, six cyclists were killed and 100 injured in collisions in Richmond, according to data in the plan. From 2003-2008, nine pedestrians were killed and 166 injured.
The map above shows proposed changes for the Iron Triangle neighborhood, where a high proportion of the accidents happened. You can read the full proposals at the City of Richmond website. To check out problem areas elsewhere in the city that have been identified by local cyclists and walkers, go to the community created map.
Assistant planner Kieron Slaughter said he has received more than 50 comments about the pedestrian and bike blueprints, many of them positive.
The plan still needs to go through several steps before being finalized, including an environmental impact analysis in January or February of 2011. If it passes, then it will be up for final approval—and funding— by the City Council in the early spring.
Slaughter said the priority routes will be Barrett, Marina Way, and Cutting and parts of the plan that will require less funding, such as those that involve repainting but no heavy construction.
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