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Frank Ferry: Bike lanes coming to Valencia Industrial Center

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Posted: November 12, 2010 9:38 p.m.
Updated: November 13, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

One constant with the city of Santa Clarita is that we are always looking for ways to improve bicycle safety and maximize the efficiency of in-town commuting.

In early 2011, the city will look to accomplish both of those goals in the Valencia Industrial Center. The city will be adding bike lanes, and signage, to two critical roadways in the Industrial Center, Avenue Scott and Avenue Stanford, making commuting more safe for cyclists while improving traffic conditions for drivers at the same time.

The re-striping project will add bike lanes and signage on the following streets:
- Vanderbilt Way from Avenue Stanford to Newhall Ranch Road
- Avenue Stanford from Vanderbilt Way to Avenue Scott
- Avenue Scott from Rye Canyon Road to Avenue Rockefeller

By adding the bike lanes, the city hopes to reduce the number of citywide bicycle-related accidents and provide a safe, continuous and designated path of travel for cyclists, allowing for increased motorist awareness of cyclists. The bike lanes will have other benefits as well.

For those who commute via bicycle to work, the new lanes will provide bicycle access to hundreds of businesses within the Valencia Industrial Center.

The new lanes will be added to areas that have easy access to bus stops for residents who transport their bikes via Santa Clarita Transit.

The new bike lanes will also allow for a more comfortable navigation of the Industrial Center and will allow for bicycle detection at signalized intersections. 

While the Valencia Industrial Center re-striping project is intended largely for the work force commuting to work via bike, the new lanes also benefit recreation users.

The lanes will provide access to the citywide bike and trail network with connections to the Newhall Ranch Road Bike Path, San Francisquito Creek Trail and current terminus of bike lanes on Avenue Scott at Avenue Rockefeller.

The future bike lanes in the Industrial Center are part of a broader plan focused on pedestrians and cyclists in Santa Clarita.    

In 2008, the City Council adopted the Non-Motorized Transportation Plan, which gives a comprehensive overview of the state of bicycling and walking in the city and provides direction for future investments in bicycle and pedestrian facilities and programs.

The adoption of the Non-Motorized Transportation Plan made the city eligible to apply for a grant to the state’s Bicycle Transportation Account program. The city was successful in a grant award of $141,723 for the Industrial Bike Lanes Project. The grant pays for 90 percent of the project cost with the city providing 10 percent.

For drivers, the re-striping project will also lead to improved traffic flow providing a two-way left-turn lane along portions of Avenue Stanford and retaining the four lanes of traffic along Avenue Scott while separating access for cyclists.

Collectively, the city will continue to look at ways to ease cross town commuting and improve safety and functionality of travel for our cycling community. Look for the improvements to the Valencia Industrial Center to begin in early 2011, and find out more by checking out the city’s website at www.Santa-Clarita.com.

Frank Ferry is a member of the Santa Clarita City Council and can be reached at: fferry@santa-clarita.com. His column reflects his own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.

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