CY’s bike lane compromise
By Brad Christian
The Commercial Appeal reported last month that the plan for bike lanes in Cooper-Young have been hammered out by reaching a compromise mediated by Mayor AC Wharton and Bike/Pedestrian Coordinator, Kyle Wagenschutz.
The agreed upon plan calls for continuous, striped bike lanes on both sides of Cooper from Central to Southern. The bike lanes will be traditional, placed between parallel-parked cars and traffic lanes. Cooper Street will be reconfigured to have one traffic lane in each direction, with a middle turn lane.
Cyclists favoring the Revolutions Community Bike Shop plan compromised by giving up their cutting-edge proposal to protect bikes from traffic by placing the lanes between the curb and parallel-parked cars. The Cooper-Young Business Association compromised by giving up five parking spaces on Cooper south of Young to make room for the bike lanes in that narrower two-block section. However, the city will create five extra spaces by permitting more parking on Young, east of Cooper. Everyone wins!
Thanks to all of you who participated in the CYCA bike lane discussion forum online at cooperyoung.org. Your input was passed along to Mayor Wharton and his staff to help in the decision making process.