Urbana to Host Ribbon Cutting for Completion of the Bradley Avenue Bike Lanes Project
The design update of a portion of Bradley Avenue in Urbana is complete. The Bradley Avenue Bike Lane Project, proposed in the 2016 Urbana Bicycle Master Plan, extends west on Bradley Avenue from Lincoln Avenue to the western city limit of Urbana.
Previously, Bradley Avenue was a forty-foot, two-lane road that posed safety concerns for all roadway users. A key component of the updated layout on Bradley Avenue includes narrowing of the travel lanes and the addition of a six-foot wide buffer and four-foot bike lane on the eastern portion of the roadway. The western portion of the roadway now includes narrowed and shared parking/biking lanes. The shared lanes will accommodate not only bicyclists, but also the pedestrian and vehicular traffic occurring on Bradley Avenue.
According to Urbana Public Works Director Bill Gray, “The bike lanes and two-lane pavement striping have added clear definition of the driver’s and bicyclist’s space, which will result in less confusion and greater safety for all users.”
The approximately $13,800 cost to install the bike lane striping was funded from the annual allocation of Capital Replacement & Improvement funds for bike lanes and signage.
To publicly unveil the completion of the Bradley Avenue Bike Lanes Project, the City of Urbana and Urbana Business Association will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, September 8, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. on the portion of Bradley Avenue adjacent to Leek & Sons Funeral Home, 1215 West Bradley Avenue, Urbana.