Monthly Archives: May 2015

Kansas City Metro Bicycle Club – PSA

From Steve White of Kansas City Metro Bicycle Club:

600-700 cyclists per year have been killed on our nation’s roads since 2010, with injury figures approaching 50,000 per year. KCMBC created this message to make drivers more aware of cyclists and to stop the carnage. Please share it, it could save a life. Maybe even yours. If you’d like to make a tax-deductible donation to further this cause, hit http://kcmbc.org or ask Bike Friendly Tyler how to donate locally. ‪#‎lookuplookout‬ Thank you Kelly C Boucher for the awesome job you and the rest of the Bike Friendly Tyler crew do on cycling advocacy. It’s great to have comrades in arms!

Thanks for sharing this video with us Steve!

http://fox4kc.com/2015/05/26/bike-safety-tips-for-drivers-and-bikers/

TTC will consider “Bicycle Initiatives” at their May 28th meeting.

This Thursday, May 28, the Texas Transportation Commission will have its monthly meeting. One item on the agenda is “Bicycle Initiatives”. The TxDOT Bicycle Advisory Committee will be addressing the commissioners to present a recently developed Texas Safe Bicycling Guide, a publication providing tips for safe bicycling for all bike users, and describe a pilot program idea for creating bike lane networks on existing roadways.

Last week I attended a Bicycle Taskforce meeting hosted by the Smith County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). This meeting consisted of a preliminary presentation of the Texas Safe Bicycling Guide (to include a handle bar hanger to be attached to all new bikes sold and a pamphlet available online), and the Hub and Spoke Tyler Bike Lane Study.

The Hub and Spoke Study originated in Tyler and is the work of the TxDOT Bicycle Advisory Committee and the University of Texas at Tyler. This study is being used to develop the Bike Lane Pilot Program being presented to the TxDOT commissioners at their meeting tomorrow. Many students and several professors at UT Tyler spent countless hours researching and observing every aspect of travel and connectivity on a route from UT Tyler to Tyler Junior College. This research was compiled into a forty page study. This study is the basis for what we hope will become a state-wide bike lane striping program.

Tomorrow (May 28th), the Bicycle Advisory Committee will ask the commissioners to approve the pilot program and ask for money to begin the program. The City of Tyler was chosen as the pilot city for this program. (The program was inspired by a similar program in El Paso.) Forty five miles of Tyler roadway were chosen for this project. These roads stretch across the city, both north to south and east to west. These roads will include areas of commerce and education and will connect several residential areas. A program/app is also in development. This program/app will allow cyclists to view all of the striped bike lanes in the city and develop routes to get from place to place.

We are making great progress! Please remember, progress is slow when you are working with government rules, regulations and red tape. This will not happen over night, but the passage of this pilot program looks very promising.

I will keep you update as more information becomes available.

-Kelly

TCC Meeting Page

Tyler Area MPO News: FM 2493, Old Jacksonville Hwy

FM 2493 Corridor Study:

The MPO has hired Brown and Gay Engineers (BGE) out of Dallas to conduct a corridor study for FM 2493 also known as Old Jacksonville Highway in Tyler and Houston Street in Bullard. Work on the study began in January of 2015 and is expected to take a year to complete. The study will provide recommended strategies to address items such as: traffic congestion, traffic signal locations, driveway placement, and locations of public transit bicycle and pedestrian amenities. BGE has started gathering traffic data over the 14 mile corridor length connecting Loop 323 in Tyler to Highway 69 in Bullard. The collection and evaluation of data is expected to continue through May with Public Open Houses beginning in June.

Tyler Area MPO News: Transportation Improvement Plan

Transportation Improvement Plan:

On March 26th the MPO Policy Committee approved an amendment to the Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP). The amendment updated the funding allotted to the MPO from Proposition 1 funds. The news funds are being put toward improvements on Spur 248 which will be widened to four lanes as well as adding bike lanes. Existing funding was also reallocated toward the environmental analysis and possible right-of-way acquisition for the future widening of FM 2493.

 

 

Tyler Area MPO News: Legacy Trail Proposal

The City of Tyler is applying for a grant through TxDOT’s Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) to extend the current trail system in south Tyler. The proposal is for two new segments. The first segment will extend the current trail on West Grande Boulevard to Old Jacksonville Highway and follow it south to Gresham. The other section would connect to the Old Jacksonville extension and follow Dueling Oaks before going south and connecting to West Cumberland Road. From there pedestrians and bicyclists could follow Cumberland Road to Faulkner Park. The grant would provide the necessary funds required to construct these two proposed trails. Applications are due to TxDOT by May 4th, and the Tyler staff is hard at work completing the application and collecting support letters from the community. Further updates on this potential project will be provided after the response on the application has been received