Tempe bike lanes to extend into Chandler The Chandler Arizonan

Tempe bike lanes to extend into Chandler

Tempe bike lanes to extend into Chandler

Arizonian News Staff

Chandler’s Public Works Department plans to spend more than $5 million next month on new bike lanes that will allow cyclists to travel between Tempe and Chandler. 

According to a number of contracts recently brought before the Chandler City Council, the city wants to extend two of Tempe’s bike lanes on Kyrene Road and McClintock Drive and bring them across the Chandler border, continuing southward until they reach Chandler Boulevard. 

Public Works Director John Knudson said it’s taken the city nearly 10 years of planning and meetings to finally bring these new bike paths to fruition.  

“We’re very excited to get the work done and get bike lanes connected into Tempe,” he said. 

Chandler already has a wide network of bike lanes running along its many arterial streets. The addition of two more lanes is expected to make the roads a bit safer in Chandler’s northern region – an area known for having a higher volume of cyclist-involved accidents. 

According to data collected by the city, Chandler had 312 car accidents involving cyclists between 2013 and 2017. More than half of these collisions occurred north of the Loop 202 and at least 14 of them took place on Kyrene Road and McClintock Drive. 

The northern part of Arizona Avenue, stretching from Pecos to Warner roads, has had some of the most accidents involving cyclists in recent years. 

A recent update to the city’s Transportation Master Plan recommends adding more bike lanes to Arizona Avenue by 2040. 

Knudson said the majority of costs for adding Chandler’s new bike lanes are covered by federal grants. The city matches about 17 percent of the project’s expenses. 

The $5.3-million project awards contracts to three different vendors: $4.7 million to the construction company, $564,000 to the engineer, and $39,500 for post-design services.

Construction’s expected to start in March and will likely conclude by November, Knudson added.

“This work will be done in a very efficient manner,” the director said. “It shouldn’t be too disruptive to traffic.” 

Mayor Kevin Hartke, an avid cyclist himself, expressed enthusiasm at the thought of boosting the city’s connectivity with its neighbors to the north.

“I’m excited to further our offerings for Chandler to go out and beyond and for Tempe and others to come into our city,” the mayor said.

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