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New bike lane goes up in South End of Concord

  • AARP and the City of Concord are teaming up to work on getting a bike lane along South Street in the South End.

  • Vincenzo Mason, 9, rides his bike home from school on the sidewalk of South Street near Abbot-Downing School while Concord city planner Sam Durfee watches on Wednesday. GEOFF FORESTER photos / Monitor staff

  • The proposed bike lane along South Street near Abbot-Downing School. SAM DURFEE—Courtesy

Published: 10/4/2019 6:39:28 PM
Modified: 10/4/2019 6:39:15 PM

A new bike lane, lined with signs and planters filled with colorful red and yellow mums has been set up along South Street in Concord.

The temporary lane creates safe passage in the area around Rundlett Middle School and Abbot-Downing Elementary School.

The city of Concord’s planning department, along with the Transportation Policy Advisory committee’s biking pedestrian group, has been planning to construct a temporary protected bike lane, specifically in the stretch between Allison Street and Abbot-Downing.

The new route features 3-foot buffers and 5-foot bike lanes, leaving 12-foot wide travel lanes for vehicles, and portable barriers that physically separate vehicle and biking traffic.

The goal has been to introduce the idea of protected bike lanes to the Capital City and test whether they could work here.

The city transportation committee first tried to do a protected bike lane demo on State Street. But the city said there would be too much impact on the area and would have affected important parking – like the governor’s parking spot.

Then they tried to put a demo lane on Broadway in conjunction with National Night Out. But a combination of uneasiness about introducing it during a busy event, expensive materials and other logistics ruled it out.

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