This project will traverse east and west in Tempe from Rural Road to 48th Street at the Phoenix border and would involve re-characterizing three miles of a very wide collector street with no current bike or pedestrian amenities other than signage into a premier bicycle boulevard. The project is identified in the Tempe Transportation Plan and has some of the highest east/west ridership numbers in Tempe according to Tempe Bicycle Action Group. The project links directly to Phoenix and bike lanes on Roeser. Alameda would ultimately link to Mesa and the 8th Street bikeway, across the 101 freeway with a bike/pedestrian bridge that is proposed, but not yet funded.
The project also links directly to the location of a bike/ped bridge over the I-10 to Diablo Stadium that is now funded as part of ADOT’s near term improvements to the interstate. The project will link to 10 transit routes, including some of the busiest fixed routes (72) and Tempe’s Orbit system. This collector street also links directly to two schools, established neighborhoods as well as major industrial/employment areas like Fountain Head.
This project would transform the street from a wide unfriendly corridor and introduce landscaping,ADA and sidewalk improvements, lighting, enhanced street crossings, traffic calming buffered or protected bike lanes and green bike lanes like other Tempe projects.