Bike Boulevards being born, mystery circle explained

CIRCLING THE SQUARE A roundabout, such as what we have on Samoa Boulevard, is not a traffic circle, such as we have at 12th and I streets. What we have at 10th and I streets, above, is neither – it’s a symbolic circle depicting a spoked bicycle wheel located at the intersection of Arcata’s two new bicycle boulevards (see map, left). The cones at the center of the wheel ward off traffic from a temporary hole at the circle’s center, and are scheduled for removal on Sunday. KLH | Union

CIRCLING THE SQUARE A roundabout, such as what we have on Samoa Boulevard, is not a traffic circle, such as we have at 12th and I streets. What we have at 10th and I streets, above, is neither – it’s a symbolic circle depicting a spoked bicycle wheel located at the intersection of Arcata’s two new bicycle boulevards (see map, left). The cones at the center of the wheel ward off traffic from a temporary hole at the circle’s center, and are scheduled for removal on Sunday. KLH | Union

City of Arcata

ARCATA – The City of Arcata has contracted with Mercer-Fraser Company for the 2014 Arcata Bicycle Boulevard (ABB) Project to make various improvements in town for bicycle access and to construct shared walkways, bike lanes, signs and bicycle parking.

Construction is in progress and approximately 80 percent of the work has been completed. Below is a summary of the March 2015 work schedule.

On Wednesday, March 11, all-way stop signs will be installed at 11th and I streets; stop signs will be swapped out at the intersection of 10th and J streets; and stop signs will be swapped out at the intersection of 16th and I streets.

By Sunday, March 15, cones will be removed from the bicycle spoke/hub design for the not-a-traffic circle at 10th and I Streets; and striping and conversion of Q Street to a one-way southbound street between 11th and 10th streets will be complete.

By Sunday, March 29, bicycle parking at various locations will be installed; and Arcata Bicycle Boulevard signs and striping will be completed.

By Friday, April 10, high visibility crossing and pedestrian/bicycle flashing signal will be installed at 10th and K streets.

On scheduled work days, please follow all directions and traffic control devices within the project area.

The city apologized for any inconvenience this road work may cause and thanks the public for its cooperation.

If problems are encountered, contact contractor Mercer-Fraser Company at (707) 443-6371 or City of Arcata Public Works Deputy Director Netra Khatri at (707) 825-2173. For more information on city road work, visit CityofArcata.org/construction-projects.

Note: the City Council holds a study session with the Transportation Safety and Energy committees next Tuesday, March 17 at 6 p.m. in City Council Chamber. 

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  2. ScottRAB said:

    What’s the volume and speed of traffic on I?
    Traffic circles, like at 14th and I are not recommended on bike routes. Cyclist can get squeezed by people driving.
    Speed humps/bumps are the most effective tool for reducing speed, and there are versions that are ‘fire friendly’.

  3. Tashi said:

    Putting in some art instead of an easier way for anyone to cross Ist. Lol, okay. Should have kept it as a roundabout or at least made it a 4 way stop. It’s one of the hardest streets to cross and you’re directing bikes through it. Awesome!

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