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Pasadena Studying Four North-South Bike Boulevard Corridors

4:03 PM PDT on April 30, 2021

A map of Pasadena’s 10 proposed bike corridors that would put a bikeway within a quarter mile of every residential neighborhood. The north-south routes of El Molina, Wilson, Sierra Bonita, and Craig Avenues are currently being studied with the findings expected to be released this summer. Image: Pasadena Department of Transportation

The city of Pasadena is making progress on a vision to calm traffic on four corridors in the City.

The city is looking to implement bike boulevards on El Molino, Wilson, Sierra Bonita, and Craig Avenues. An update on the study, also called the Greenway Traffic Analysis and Implementation, was presented to the Pasadena's Transportation Advisory Commission on April 22.

The improvements on El Molino Avenue would stretch to the north and south borders of the city; Wilson Avenue would stretch from Washington Boulevard to near the southern border at Arden Road; Sierra Bonita Avenue would go from Washington Boulevard to Colorado Boulevard; and Craig Avenue from Casa Grande Street to the city's southern border at Del Mar Boulevard. These areas being considered for neighborhood greenways/bike boulevards could receive traffic calming, lower speeds, and intersection improvements to facilitate easier crossings.

Planning for these corridors has been in the works since as early as 2015 when the city released its Bicycle Transportation Plan, which had the goal to build a bikeway network that would put a bikeway within a quarter mile of every residential neighborhood. A feasibility study included in the BTAP identified ten corridors — including El Molino, Wilson, Sierra Bonita, and Craig Avenues — that could be a good fit for protected bike lanes, buffered bike lanes, and bike boulevards.

The study of El Molino, Wilson, Sierra Bonita, and Craig Avenues started in 2019 when consultants KOA were contracted to analyze the impacts, feasibility, benefit, and cost of their bike boulevard projects. Some of the infrastructure improvements proposed include bulb outs, quick build medians, bike crossing at intersections, flashing light beacons, roundabouts, bicycle boxes for turning, and curb extensions.

El Molina avenue improvements include installing quick-build medians and offset edge islands, which seem similar to bulb outs since they pinch the road narrowing it. Image: Pasadena Department of Transportation
El Molino Avenue improvements include installing quick-build medians and offset edge islands, which seem similar to bulb outs since they pinch the road narrowing it. Image: Pasadena Department of Transportation
El Molina avenue improvements include installing quick-build medians and offset edge islands, which seem similar to bulb outs since they pinch the road narrowing it. Image: Pasadena Department of Transportation
Wilson Avenue could see traffic calming islands, no parking red paint on some curbs, green dashed paint to show where bikes may cross at intersections, yellow flashing beacons and a paint buffered bike lane on the I-210 overcrossing. Image: Pasadena Department of Transportation
Wilson Avenue could see traffic calming islands, no parking red paint on some curbs, green dashed paint to show where bikes may cross at intersections, yellow flashing beacons and a paint buffered bike lane on the I-210 overcrossing. Image: Pasadena Department of Transportation
Wilson Avenue could see traffic calming islands, no parking red paint on some curbs, green dashed paint to show where bikes may cross at intersections, yellow flashing beacons and a paint buffered bike lane on the I-210 overcrossing. Image: Pasadena Department of Transportation
Roundabouts are proposed at Sierra Bonita Avenue and Loma Vista and Paloma Street intersections. Image: Pasadena Department of Transportation
Roundabouts are proposed at Sierra Bonita Avenue and Loma Vista and Paloma Street intersections. Image: Pasadena Department of Transportation
Roundabouts are proposed at Sierra Bonita Avenue and Loma Vista and Paloma Street intersections. Image: Pasadena Department of Transportation
Craig Avenue could see flashing yellow left turn arrows, bike turn boxes, paint striped buffered bike lanes, and curb extensions, and traffic circles. Image: Pasadena Department of Transportation
Craig Avenue could see flashing yellow left turn arrows, bike turn boxes, paint striped buffered bike lanes, and curb extensions, and traffic circles. Image: Pasadena Department of Transportation
Craig Avenue could see flashing yellow left turn arrows, bike turn boxes, paint striped buffered bike lanes, and curb extensions, and traffic circles. Image: Pasadena Department of Transportation

This study also is developing an implementation plan which would rank each corridor by how well it would reduce crashes, how the corridor would fill out the bicycle network, its ability to access open space, schools and existing bikeways; its benefits to areas burdened by unhealthy environments; cost; and impacts to traffic and parking.

A summary of Pasadena's Greenways Traffic Analysis and Implementation Plan project rankings and rough cost estimates. Image: Pasadena Department of Transportation
A summary of Pasadena's Greenways Traffic Analysis and Implementation Plan project rankings and rough cost estimates. Image: Pasadena Department of Transportation
A summary of Pasadena's Greenways Traffic Analysis and Implementation Plan project rankings and rough cost estimates. Image: Pasadena Department of Transportation

Pasadena's department of transportation staff expect to share findings of the study with the public this coming summer. From there, staff will be getting feedback on the findings, the project concepts, and refine the work to be eventually developed as future capital improvement projects.

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