There was a public meeting at John Adams High School last night between city representatives (including Mayor Steve Luecke) and area residents about extending the Twyckenham Drive bicycle lanes in South Bend. The city would like to start striping soon, but is seeking public input before the painting begins.
Currently, lanes are only striped on the section between McKinley and South Bend Ave. The proposed addition would extend much further south — all the to Ridgedale Rd. The city is seeking input from the community largely because adding bicycle lanes will impact on-street parking.
The width of Twyckenham varies considerably between McKinley and Ridgedale, ranging from almost 49 feet between the railroad viaduct and Sunnymede Ave to only 29 feet in some sections. Notably, the minimum width for car traffic is 11 feet (12 is preferable) per lane; bike lanes are 5 feet each; and space for parking requires 8 feet per side. Accordingly, two bike lanes and two motor vehicle lanes require at least 32 feet; 40 foot wide sections can accommodate both bikes and cars with room for a parking lane on one side.
The meeting was attended by area residents and representatives from several local bicycle advocacy groups: Bicycle Friendly Community, Bike Michiana Coalition and the Pain the Town Coalition. J.V. Peacock, owner of Outpost Sports and Treasurer for the BMC, gave a presentation about the community benefits of bicycle lanes.
Joe Dits wrote an article for today’s South Bend Tribune which describes concerns presented by some Twyckenham residents, including representatives from the Grace United Methodist Church.
Most concerns I heard from residents were reasonable, and a compromise can likely be reached by carefully choosing which side of the road will have parking. The most contentious area appears to be between Ewing and Ridgedale, with the strongest opponent of bicycle lanes being representatives from the Grace United Methodist Church because the church uses the public streets for overflow parking.
The city will collect feedback until this Monday, and if a consensus is reached will begin striping this fall. To provide input, contact city planner Chris Dressel at 235-9660 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s a map showing the proposed section: