The city of Phoenix is ​​proposing to expand the bridle path along Central Avenue, Arizona News

The City of Phoenix is ​​proposing changes to Central Avenue along the Bridle Path from Bethany Home Road to the Arizona Canal.

PHOENIX (3TV / CBS 5) – Changes could be made to Central Avenue as the city of Phoenix is ​​considering adding bike lanes to expand the popular Murphy’s Bridle path. However, the proposal has met with mixed reactions.

On Thursday evening, the city’s road transportation department held a virtual meeting to get community input on the proposed changes. More than 500 people attended the meeting and considered the proposed plan, which aimed to change lanes along the bridle path.

The proposed changes would look like this.

Central Avenue currently has two lanes in each direction. The city is proposing to remove one lane on each side to make more space for cyclists, and add a bicycle lane in each direction, as well as a 2-way center lane.

Some bikers and people who use the bridle path are delighted with the suggestion and say that it adds to safety. But others say it will cause a traffic nightmare.

City of Phoenix suggests changing lanes on Central Ave along the Bridle Path

“If someone runs, they don’t have to compete with the cyclists. They have their own lane, and then the cars don’t have to compete with the motorcycles,” says cycling activist Ryan Boyd.

“It will only create chaos in the entire city of Phoenix,” says councilor Sal DiCiccio. He says the changes will only result in traffic moving to other areas. “It’s going to put a lot of traffic on Seventh Avenue and Seventh Street, and create a lot of through traffic through those neighborhoods.”

The city’s proposal is part of a voter-approved initiative called Transport 2050. The goal is to add more than 1,000 new miles of bike lanes in the city.

You can click HERE to poll on the proposed changes. The poll will remain open until June 11th. The road transport department will announce the decision by autumn.

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