HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED CONFLICT?
In our April issue of The Pedal Post (eNewsletter), Bike Fort Collins posed the question: “Have you experienced conflict, or right-of-way confusion on Kechter Rd. between S. Timberline Rd. and Ziegler Rd.?”
Thank you to those who responded. Below is a recap of the results.
In addition, for those who reported conflict, we asked them to describe their experience. Here is a sampling of the responses we received:
- “Had to merge with motorists who don’t always give 3 feet clearance.”
- “Feel squeezed-in by motorists”
- “There is no sidewalk in several stretches. The whole corner of Timberline & Kechter basically has “where the sidewalk ends” in like four seperate areas, so you can’t even find a workaround in either direction”
- “No specific incident, just feels very unsafe with cars zooming by and no good way to go around this stretch safely.”
- “A car came very close to my child.”
- “Drivers not recognizing the eastbound bike lane gaps and getting too close”
HOW CAN IT BE IMPROVED?
Finally, we asked respondents how they thought the intersection/facility could be improved. Here is a sampling of the responses we received:
- “Extend the bike lanes the entire way from Timberline to the Zeigler roundabout. Better yet, make the bike lanes protected!”
- “I would like a connection OVER to Kechter from my side of the railroad tracks – that’s the unsafe part!”
- “I would like to see a bike trail or protected bike lane along this section of road.“
- “Add bike lanes in both directions over the western half of this section, making this mile fully bike-laned.”
- “Underpass at Mail Creek/Bacon on Timberline. Sidewalks heading South on Timberline (to that Underpass), Sidewalks heading East on Kechter. Porkchop islands or Dutch Junctions or something for safe crossing at Kechter/Willow Springs and Timberline.”
- “Hopefully the build out that is in progress will help.“
Again, thank you to all who responded—and for sharing their experiences. Stay tuned for additional surveys inquiring about other intersections and bicycle facilities.