Letter: Great opportunity for bicycle infrastructure

Chico has a tremendous opportunity to improve its pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, paid for by the state. Let’s take advantage of it!

Caltrans is proposing to rehabilitate the stretch of Highway 32 that passes through Chico. They are considering various options, three of which include the construction of bicycle lanes along Nord Avenue, between 8th Avenue and East Avenue and the improvement of the existing bicycle lanes along Nord Avenue, between 1st Street and 8th Avenue.

Bravo! But why stop there? Why not construct bicycle lanes along the entire length of the Chico portion of the highway? That is what the Chico Bicycle Plan calls for. Caltrans is also considering the construction of sidewalks and ADA-compliant ramps along stretches of the highway that currently do not have them. Bravo again! But why not also make busy intersections more pedestrian friendly by installing refuge islands at the median?

What would you like to see that Caltrans hasn’t already thought of? If you would like to support the more ambitious options already under consideration or propose that Caltrans go above and beyond them, please come to their upcoming outdoor community meeting on Tuesday November 9, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Valley Contractors Exchange, 951 E. 8th Street. Here is the link to the document describing the various options that Caltrans is considering so far: https://dot.ca.gov/-/media/dot-media/district-3/documents/environmental/ada-ded-butte-32.pdf. If you can’t attend, please consider emailing them at But-32.Chico.Rehab.Project@dot.ca.gov (deadline November 18).

— Ann Bykerk-Kauffman, Chico


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