In our October issue of The Pedal Post (eNewsletter), Bike Fort Collins posed the question: “Have you experienced conflict or felt unsafe while traveling through the intersection of Remington Street and Spring Park Drive (and the Spring Creek Trail?”
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:
- “I live in this neighborhood and go through it often. I was “right hooked” by a truck even after we make eye contact. Also, vehicles will stop ahead of the stop sign and into the bike lane crossing the intersection.”
- “It’s hard to know who has the right of way when traveling east on the SC multiuse trail and crossing Remington.”
- “When busy times of the day, many conflicts and even the pedestrians make it challenging.”
- “Vehicles approaching the intersection on Remington are unaware of cyclists approaching on the Spring Creek Trail.”
- “There is always a bit of concern that you need to watch for cars from multiple directions when crossing here. Also, it is a bit of a blind corner for vehicles from the North (headed South). Also, vehicles coming from College turning left (headed north) must be checked as well which requires looking backwards.”
- “From the north, cycling or driving, it is hard to make sure the way is clear unless one pulls out beyond the parked cars blocking east and west views.”
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:
- “Reduce street parking along Spring Creek.”
- “Maybe signs instructing cars to yield to cyclists.”
- “Lots of Green on the Pavement. Posts Setup that show the flow of bicycles & Pedestrians & cause cars to be more cautious due to less open flow (the need to fit between posts.”
- “Make it a 4 way stop.”
- “Perhaps a lighted/flashing sign to warn drivers of bikes crossing. Make the intersection a four way stop on Spring Creek. Trim or cut back brush along the creek to improve visibility.”
- “Signage indicating right of way.”
- “Increase width of bike path and make intersection 4-way stop, except for emergency vehicles with lights and sirens on.”
- “Put bike path into bike lane rather on current sidewalk like path.”
Again, thank you to all who responded—and for sharing their experiences. Stay tuned for additional surveys inquiring about other intersections and bicycle facilities.