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.
Map of West ‘D’ Street Corridor
Diagram of concept for street calming measures shared with BPAC in June 2020.
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.
Cross section of proposed cycle track sent to residents in May 2021
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.