Councillor Shad Qadri and City traffic planners have asked residents to comment on three potential new options for the Huntmar/Maple Grove intersection. You can see the new options here (via Fairwinds Community).
Some background: In August, new traffic lights were put up at the intersection that replaced a 4-way stop. While the lights solved some of the traffic flow and pedestrian safety issues, the lane configuration has led to confusion.
Going northbound, the current lane markings have three lanes: a “left and straight” combined, a bike lane in the middle, and a right-turn only lane. Problem is, drivers get impatient when they’re stuck behind a left-turning vehicle, so they pass on the right. That’s leading to some dangerous situations.
Two of the new options remove the bike lane entirely, and another option has a single lane for cars and one bike lane.
Strangely, none of the options include a “left turn only” lane combined with a “straight-ahead and right” lane. Nor is there an option for adding an advance green traffic signal, which might help unclog the northbound congestion. Both of those options have been suggested by residents in the past.
A number of residents have asked why the bike lane is placed in the middle of the two traffic lanes. We asked Citizens for Safe Cycling, and here’s a response from Alex deVries, their president:
Councillor Shad Qadri and the Fairwinds Community Association are asking residents to weigh-in on their preferred option, or to suggest other possibilities. You can send comments to Councillor Qadri at firstname.lastname@example.org or to the Fairwinds Community Association via email@example.com. The community association also has a survey here.
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