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City: We’re looking into plan to revamp Carlson for bike safety

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The city is looking into the feasibility of a plan brought forth by the Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates to make the Carlson Corridor, the intersection located at Carlson and H and J streets, safer for cyclists.

We’re looking at how the elements laid out in the plan would improve or enhance all modes of transportation for the corridor,” City Traffic Engineer Hector Barron said. “Right now, it’s all very preliminary in nature because it takes time to get through the process of evaluation.”

Once the evaluation process is finished, the focus will be shifted to seeing how much the plan would cost to implement, followed by locating money sources — something Barron said won’t happen for a while, as the plan assessment is still ongoing.

“We don’t have an idea of what anything will cost at this point, but if a grant opportunity comes up, that’s definitely something the city will explore,” Barron said.

The first part of the plan, the paint-only plan, calls for green-painted bike lanes as well as “bike boxes” – designated cyclist waiting areas at the head of an intersection that give riders a protected space to make left turns. Barron said that in California, when cities install traffic control devices big or small, they have to meet the requirements in the California Manual of Traffic Devices.

“It’s kind of like the Bible that’s put out there for local jurisdictions to use when making traffic control devices,” Barron said. “Bike boxes are concepts that are being used in other areas, and our approach is if there’s a treatment approved in California, we’ll definitely try it.”

For more information about both phases of the plan in their entirety, visit www.carlsoncorridor.com

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