Installation of new Class II and Class III Bikeways under way

Installation of new Class II and Class III Bikeways under way
Posted on 05/17/2017
May 17, 2017 - Installation of new Class II and Class III Bikeways, including 26 miles of green bike lanes, began this week on portions of Fern and Cypress avenues, San Mateo Street, Judson Street and Highland/5th Street.

Contractors for the City will begin striping dedicated 5-foot bike lanes, which will include clear designations indicating the lanes are for cyclists.

Minor lane closures will be put in place while thermoplastic paint is applied and sets. Contractors will make every effort to provide access to residents or businesses in a timely manner. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Improvements are expected to be completed by August.

A Class II Bikeway, according to the State of California Department of Transportation, provides a striped lane for one-way bike travel on a street or highway. Class III Bikeways provide for shared use with pedestrians and motor vehicles. Class I Bikeways provide a completely separated right of way for the exclusive use of bicycles and pedestrians.

The City, which hosts the annual Redlands Bicycle Classic and is home to thousands of amateur and recreational cyclists, first installed dedicated Class II and Class III Bikeways in 2011. Since that time, the City has installed 52.1 lane miles of bicycle infrastructure.

In 2015, the City adopted a Bike Master Plan developed through extensive community outreach. The plan, laid out a vision of active transportation that provides a greater range of transportation options to all City residents and visitors. As the plan is implemented, residents are increasingly able to select healthier and less costly transportation options.

Cyclists will soon be able to travel from within any of the adjacent cities, through Redlands, and onto the Santa Ana River Trail which runs all the way to the California coast. HSIP, MSRC and future projects are investments in active transportation and system connectivity.

On March 21, 2017, the City council awarded contracts for the HSIP Cycle 4 and the MSRC – Class II Bike Lanes projects to Cat Tracking, Inc., of Riverside in the amounts of $176,160 and $185,370.65. No General Fund money will be used for construction of the projects, which were designed and will be managed by the City’s Municipal Utilities and Engineering Department.

For more information, contact Olivia Crowley, Community Relations Coordinator, for the Municipal Utilities and Engineering Department at (909) 798-7524, ext. 2, or check @muedredlands on Facebook or Instagram for project updates.