The Commercial Appeal reports this morning that the plan for bike lanes in Cooper Young have been hammered out by reaching a compromise mediated by Mayor AC Wharton and Bike/Pedestrian Coordinator Kyle Wagenschutz:
Continuous, striped bike lanes on both sides of Cooper, from Central south to Southern.
The bike lanes will be traditional, placed between the parallel-parked cars and the traffic lanes.
Cooper will be reconfigured to have one traffic lane in each direction, with a middle turn lane.
Cyclists favoring the Revolutions Community Bike Shop plan compromised by giving up its cutting-edge proposal to protect bikes from traffic by placing bike lanes between the curb and the parallel parked cars.
The Cooper-Young Business Association compromised by giving up five parking spaces on Cooper south of Young to make room for the bike lanes in that narrower two-block section.
However, the city will create five extra spaces by permitting more parking on Young, east of Cooper.
The business association had argued for just posting signs instructing motorists to share the road on the Young-to-Southern segment.
Bike lanes will exist on the portion of Cooper south of Young, while the five parking spaces sacrificed will be made available on Young Ave east of Cooper. Everyone wins!
Thanks to all of you who participated in our bike lanes discussion forum, which was passed along to Mayor Wharton and his staff to help in the decision making process.