RIVERDALE -- Following the recommendations of a bike/pedestrian ad hoc committee, the Riverdale City Council has unanimously agreed to paint bike lanes on 4400 South.
"I think bike lanes on 4400 South would be a good addition to the city," Councilman Braden Mitchell said. "It will be well-used."
The council approved spending $8,080 for engineering, stenciling, painting, striping and installing signage. The council agreed that costs to maintain the bike lanes will be ongoing, as striping will need to be done yearly.
Councilman Mike Staten said bike lanes will reduce by 50 percent the likelihood of bicyclists being involved in crashes, increase driver awareness and put cyclists in alignment for where they should be riding.
Public Works Director Shawn Douglas said working with the 10-foot-wide lanes on 4400 South will make it "seem very tight when you travel this road." However, the tightness could help slow traffic in the area, he said. Douglas said people parking along the street may find themselves parking in the bike lane a little bit, but it would be better to have a bike lane than not.
Implementing a comprehensive bike and pedestrian safety plan will take both money and cooperation from neighboring cities, such as Roy, Mayor Bruce Burrows said.
Burrows said Roy city officials have applied for a grant to improve 4400 South from their roundabout west to 1900 West. The grant would help improve curb, gutter and sidewalks and widen the north side.
Douglas said any bike-friendly improvements to Riverdale Road over the freeway into Roy will be UDOT's responsibility. He said UDOT likely won't do anything different until it rebuilds the bridge.