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Tempe to add “candlesticks” to McClintock Drive as buffer between bikes and vehicles

Post Date:10/12/2015 3:00 PM

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Amanda Nelson
480-350-2707(o) 480-250-5177(c)

As part of Tempe’s commitment to providing travel options for all modes of transportation, the city will build on its recent reconfiguration of McClintock Drive by adding “candlesticks” between newly added bike lanes and vehicle travel lanes. The city plans to install candlesticks, vertical barriers, along McClintock Drive between Southern Avenue and Baseline Road to create more of a separation between bikes and vehicles.

Tempe is adding the candlesticks as a pilot program to address concerns that drivers are using the new bicycle lanes for vehicle travel. 

Bike lanes were added this summer along McClintock Drive between Broadway and Guadalupe roads in conjunction with the scheduled repaving of the street. Because vehicle traffic volumes have decreased and bicycling has increased in recent years, Tempe took the opportunity to remove a lane of vehicle travel and add separated bike lanes.

Traffic volumes on McClintock Drive have dropped by more than 20 percent over the last 10 years, largely due to completion of the urban freeway network and an increase in the number of commuters choosing alternative modes of transportation, including biking, walking and riding the bus.

Following installation of the candlesticks, the city will observe driver and bicyclist behavior and work with the bicycling community to determine their effectiveness.

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