Since the adoption of the Springfield Bicycle Plan in 1998, the City of Springfield has sought to provide a safe, convenient, and attractive bicycle system that promotes community livability and prosperity. The purpose of this project is to evaluate the risks posed to bicyclists and pedestrians along West ‘D’ Street and install upgrades that address these risks by creating a safer, more comfortable, and more friendly facility for all users. The West ‘D’ Street corridor is the gateway from the Eugene/Springfield Northbank path to downtown Springfield and the highest-use bicycle facility in all of Springfield. On average more than 400 bicycles and 800 pedestrians make use of the path daily. Making improvements is vital to the health and safety of the community.
- Reduce average motorist speed on West ‘D’ Street between Mill Street and River Hills Drive
- Improve accessibility for visitors to Island Park
- Reduce conflicts between all users at the West ‘D’ Street/Northbank path transition
- Create a friendly and safe transportation corridor for all users
- Separate modes along West ’D’ Street from the West ‘D’ Street/Northbank path transition to the east
To best address safety improvements in the short and long term with the funding currently available through the Walking and Biking Safety Improvement funding package, staff has been given direction from City Council on February 27th to move forward with safety improvements in the following stages:
- Move forward with the design and construction of the traffic calming concept that includes speed cushions (locations to be established during design), a raised crosswalk, installation of a new bicycle transition between West ‘D’ Street and the Northbank path, bicycle striping, and realignment of the existing transition.
2. Return to Council to discuss work programs and funding opportunities to further study the separation of bicyclists from other modes on West ‘D’ Street.
3. During the next Transportation System Plan update, consider including an amendment to add a study project to evaluate the elevated multi-use path concept connecting the Northbank Path to Island Park. This would include a public engagement process specific to the elevated path concept.
In June 2020, City staff presented a concept to the Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) to calm traffic using raised intersections and speed cushions, to improve the existing North Bank Path transition on to West ‘D’ Street, as well as a new bike transition on the west end. Key themes we heard included the following:
- There is not sufficient space for automobiles to pass people riding bikes in the street without either passing dangerously close to the cyclist, blindly driving into oncoming traffic, or both. Because of this danger many people choose to ride on the sidewalks on either side of the street, which instead exposes them to the danger of being struck by a vehicle exiting one of the many driveways along the corridor or they themselves striking a pedestrian.
- Separation for bicycle and pedestrian traffic is needed.
Staff took these concerns and developed a cycle track concept that was sent to adjacent property owners along West ’D’ Street that would be directly affected by the concept. The key themes we heard included the following:
- Removal of on-street parking would cause great disruption to residents on West ‘D’ Street as well as residents on the side streets.
- The cycle track would cause issues for emergency vehicles, delivery vehicles, garbage trucks, hooking up boats, tradespeople, and visitors.
- The cycle track would impede garbage bins.
- West ‘D’ Street needs traffic calming.
Now that the project team has received feedback from the adjacent property owners regarding the cycle track concept and the BPAC feedback regarding the traffic calming concept, the team is taking all feedback and analyzing feasible solutions to improve safety and accessibility for all users while limiting negative impacts to property owners along the corridor. Once we have new concepts to share, we will reach out again for feedback from the community.
November 22, 2019
Students from the University of Oregon created a temporary conceptual safety installment at the West ‘D’ Street/Northbank Path transition as part of a class on “tactical urbanism”. Attendees and area residents were invited to complete a survey to share feedback on their greatest concerns and any ideas they had to address them.
July 15, 2019
Springfield Department of Public Works provided a communication packet to City Council with information on the 2019 BPAC work plan and status of bike connectivity improvements on West ‘D’ Street near the end of the Northbank Path.
The City of Springfield received federal funding for the Walking and Biking Safety Improvements Project, which consists of walking and biking safety improvements in several locations throughout the city. As a safety project prioritized by the Springfield Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC), the West ‘D’ Street Improvement Project was allocated a portion of this funding to go towards an improvement project approved by Council. The project scope of work with this funding included adding bicycle facility signing, striping, and/or additional traffic calming, and improving the transition between the street and Northbank path.
School crossing projects were prioritized as the first projects for design and construction utilizing this funding.
West ‘D’ Street was identified as an opportunity project in the City of Springfield Transportation Plan. The 20-year plan looks at how the transportation system is currently being used and identifies the community’s multi-modal transportation system vision in order to serve the needs of residents, businesses, and visitors into the future.
Other Community Feedback
- Comments have continually been received at the Wheels by the Willamette event regarding safety concerns about West ‘D’ Street.
- Social media posts by community members have highlighted safety concerns about the West ‘D’ Street corridor.
- Residents have communicated safety concerns about West ‘D’ Street.
Questions or Comments?
To ask questions or give feedback, please contact Brock Jabusch, Engineering Technician, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541.736.1035.
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