A proposal to add protected bike lanes to Waring Road between Summer Ave and Walnut Grove Rd was presented at a community open house on October 14, 2015. This proposal would have created dedicated space on the roadway for use by persons riding bicycles, but would have resulted in the restriction of on-street parking for adjacent property owners. Thirty-four (34) unique individuals provided comment on this proposed design. Of the criticism received, there were two dominant points of contention with the proposed design:

  1. The resulting restriction of on-street parking would inconvenience adjacent property owners and would not be a welcome trade-off for the addition of bicycle lanes, and;
  2. Excessive speeds of motor vehicles along this stretch of Waring Rd pose a current threat to safety on the corridor and should be dealt with through regulatory measures.
While those in attendance at the public meeting expressed strong sentiments against installation of the protected bicycle lanes for the before mentioned reasons, the total feedback received through the comment period indicates more split opinion on the final roadway design, with only a slight edge to those in favor of proceeding with the proposed protected bicycle lanes. Those in favor of the protected bicycle lanes did offer a number of points where compromise could be made in order to facilitate the inclusion of some dedicated bicycle facility while also addressing the concerns of other local residents. Those points of compromise are summarized below.

Recommendation #4 can be implemented independently of the striping design, but the options presented in Recommendations #1, #2, and #3 each have their own positive and negative qualities impacting safety of persons riding bicycles and access to on-street parking for adjacent property owners.


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Recommendation 1
Protected bicycle lanes should be installed along Waring Road as proposed except that the white tubular markers be replaced with something more aesthetically pleasing.

Admittedly, this is less of a compromise and more a design suggestion, but there were enough comments to this sentiment that it warranted mentioning. It is likely that this scenario could be accomplished using a variety of materials ranging from armadillos, planters, or modular curbing. Project budget may dictate what options are not financially feasible, but consensus could be formed around a material that provides the physical separation between persons riding bicycles and moving automobiles through additional public input.

Pros - Dedicated space for operating bicycles, buffer zone painted to separate moving cars and moving bikes, some form of physical separation in buffer zone
Cons - Restriction of on-street parking

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* 6. Please provide any comments related to Recommendation 1.

Recommendation 2
Buffered bicycle lanes should be installed as planned, but regulatory signs would allow on-street parking in the bicycle lanes during certain times of day and days of the week.

This type of installation is typically accomplished in residential areas by allowing on-street parking during periods of time that bicycle activity is unlikely to occur, typically 7pm-7am weekdays, and all day on Saturday and Sunday. This strategy would be consistent with an application already present in Memphis along N. McLean Blvd. This scenario would not be preferred if on-street parking usage was at or above 25% for the corridor, but field observations are not indicating usage anywhere near that figure.

Pros - Dedicated space for operating bicycles during certain times, buffer zone painted to separate moving cars and moving bikes, on-street parking allowed in bike lane during non-peak hours and on weekends
Cons - On-street parking restricted during weekday peak hours, bicycles may have to merge into automobile travel lane during non-peak hours and on weekends to avoid parked cars, no physical separation between moving cars and moving bicycles

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* 7. Please provide any comments related to Recommendation 2.

Recommendation 3
To further facilitate slowing of vehicular speeds, recommendation is made to install parking shoulders.

The separation of space on the roadway designated for parking of on-street vehicles and the portion of the roadway designated for the movement and operation of motor vehicles is delineated through use of pavement striping. This configuration would place a solid white line approximately 8 feet from the curb, effectively narrowing the motor vehicle travel lane from 20ft to 12ft. In the event that on-street parking is not being used, this line will provide additional traffic calming benefits as shown through other applications in Memphis. Warning signs should also be erected indicating the status of this roadway as a bicycle route, alerting drivers those persons riding bicycles may be present while driving on this road. Typical installation would include W11-1 (bicycle) and W16-1P (Share the Road) signs at the beginning of each end of this corridor and at periodic locations along the route.

Pros - On-street parking allowed during all times, visual narrowing of the street should contribute to slower vehicular speeds
Cons - No dedicated space for riding a bicyle (while persons riding bicycles could use this shoulder if no parking is present, it does not provide any of the legal protections a dedicated bicycle lane does), bicycles may have to merge into automobile travel lanes to avoid parked cars, no physical separation between moving cars and moving bicycles

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* 8. Please provide any comments related to Recommendation 3.

* 9. Based on the information provided, what is your preferred design alternative to be implemented along Waring Rd?

Recommendation #4
The posted speed limit should be lowered to 30mph from its current 35mph.

Given the residential nature of adjacent land uses, the high volume of trail users at the Shelby Farms Greenline, and a roadway width that encourages excessive vehicular speeds, the roadway may benefit from a reduction in the posted speed limit. Feedback from residents, both in favor of and against the proposed bicycle lanes, produced this comment.

* 10. Please provide any comments related to Recommendation 4.

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