West Street CycleTrack Pilot

The City of Raleigh is partnering with Oaks & Spokes to implement a priority project from the Downtown Plan and Bicycle Plan as a six-month pilot. The project will install a two-way separated bike lane, also known as a cycletrack, on West Street from Martin Street to Jones Street. The project’s primary objective is to create a low-stress bikeway connecting Raleigh Union Station and the Warehouse District to the Glenwood South District.

Please complete this survey by February 28 to provide your input on the project. If you'd prefer to mail in a survey, you can download a paper version and find more information on the project webpage.

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City of Raleigh Poll:
How often do you walk along or around West Street?
Often
Occasionally
Rarely
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City of Raleigh Poll:
How often do you bike along or around West Street?
Often
Occasionally
Rarely
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Nathan WilliamsI’d use it a ton more if it wasn’t a constant construction zone! I wouldn’t take people who don’t use it more often as a sign that it shouldn’t be tried (since it’s been treacherous to bike around there lately).
ReplyFlagAgree27 days ago
City of Raleigh Poll:
How often do you drive along or around West Street?
Often
Occasionally
Rarely
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City of Raleigh Poll:
What is your relationship to West Street? (you can choose more than one)
I live nearby
I work nearby
I shop/dine/visit nearby
I own a business nearby
I own property nearby
I travel through
Other (please comment below)
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dwight otwellI am generally interested in promoting bicycle use throughout Raleigh
ReplyFlag1 Agree28 days ago
Michael PorvaznikI think the entirety of west st. Would benefit from a cycle track. Especially since new businesses are going in on peace st.
ReplyFlagAgree27 days ago
City of Raleigh Poll:
What are your priorities for transportation in downtown Raleigh? (rank the items below)
Mary SellWe're really lacking in sufficient biking infrastructure right now - I'd love to see continued investments in top tier facilities like this that work to connect residents in and provide alternatives to driving.
ReplyFlag1 Agree27 days ago
dwight otwellRaleigh has enough infrastructure for cars. maintain what we have, don't build more. focus on pedestrian safety, walkable places and bike facilities
ReplyFlag1 Agree28 days ago
Leo SuarezIn targetted ways, we can transition spaces for cars into spaces for bikes. Since bikes take up less space, the transition can be slow and hopefully in a way that convinces more people that downtown is a place for bikes first, getting more people to ride leading to more need for bike space, less for car, etc. Let's get that "cycle" going! ;)
ReplyFlagAgree21 days ago
City of Raleigh Poll:
Which statement best describes your confidence on a bicycle?
I can ride on any street regardless of traffic volume and speed
I prefer to ride on less-busy streets with bike lanes
I only ride on greenways or low-traffic streets
I wouldn't ever consider riding a bicycle
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Justin GernI definitely avoid rush hour and take secondary/less busy roads when biking.
ReplyFlagAgree13 days ago
Leo SuarezIn situations where it is safer to be on the sidewalk, I'll do it. Paint does not protect bicycles from fast-moving vehicles.
ReplyFlagAgree21 days ago
dwight otwellbut only out of necessity. I'll use sidewalks, go out of my way to avoid crossing or riding along any larger roads. I defer or cancel trips because the prospect of a stressful ride isn't worth it.
ReplyFlagAgree28 days ago
City of Raleigh Poll:
What type of bicycle facility do you most prefer when bicycling along a street in downtown Raleigh?
Streets without bicycle markings
Shared lane markings, aka sharrows
Painted bike lanes
Physically separated bike lanes, i.e. cycletracks
Wide greenway-style sidewalks
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Michael PorvaznikSharrows do not benefit cyclists as far as safety goes. Most cars do not understand what the sharrows mean and even most cyclists aren't sure where to ride and narrow painted roads. More visibility and education is needed on sharrows markings
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dwight otwellI think I would prefer sparated lanes, but haven't ridden any in downtown.

but in general its the intersections that are challenging and dangerous, the treatment in between provides marginal benefit.
ReplyFlagAgree28 days ago
City of Raleigh Poll:
Would a cycletrack make you feel more comfortable riding a bicycle along West Street?
Yes
No
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Lauren Blackburnit is a relatively good route for cycling today but drivers get distracted and traffic on the corridor is increasing. separation would be a bonus, with special attention at intersections
ReplyFlagAgree27 days ago
dwight otwellIMO, this route is already one of the most comfortable in the city, and unless bicycles are given priority at intersections, I can't see it making much difference, as the only conflicts I've previously encountered are at intersections.

I think the major benefit of this project is in familiarizing the motoring public with the concept and then porting the design to somewhere it will have a more dramatic impact.

Its also nice to get a biking foot in the door as this area is blowing up and will soon probably see significantly higher AADT.
ReplyFlagAgree28 days ago
City of Raleigh Poll:
What questions or comments do you have about the West Street CycleTrack pilot project?
kristydactylI'd like to see some kind of simple report looking at the cost effectiveness and expediency of this type of pilot project in comparison with traditional infrastructure projects. (i.e. are pilots something we should do more of? should we push the envelope to do things faster and quicker? are there benefits/drawbacks to the non-profit partnership approach?)
ReplyFlag3 Agree27 days ago
Francisco J. SandovalI hope it encourages the City of Raleigh to invest in protected bike lanes. I spend some time in Denmark and the Netherlands and know how safe and useful protected bike lanes are to the energy and liveliness of the places--even to those that don't use it.
ReplyFlag2 Agree28 days ago
Joseph H.This will be a great addition to the facilities in downtown and will contribute to making the West Street corridor more accessible to all modes.
ReplyFlag1 Agree28 days ago
Mary SellI'd love to see this become permanent! Such a critical link, especially with growth along Peace St. Once this is connected in with the greenway system, provides a viable commute option for many neighborhoods to safely bike downtown for work or leisure.
ReplyFlagAgree27 days ago
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