A Pilot Project in Downtown Grand Rapids

Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. (DGRI) and the City of Grand Rapids are testing a separated bike lane in Downtown Grand Rapids along North Division Ave from Coldbrook Street to Lyon Street (i.e., the Study Area). This stretch of North Division provides a very direct north - south route with limited intersections, but it also experiences frequent speeding by motor vehicles.

This new connection would more safely connect people living, working and visiting downtown while strengthening a link with neighborhoods outside of Downtown. It was recommended by both the GR Forward Plan and the Vital Streets Plan. This bike lane pilot project includes painting buffer zones and adding reflective vertical delineator posts to the existing bicycle lanes on North Division. We will also be testing some intersection bike boxes, green pavement markings in certain sections, and some additional signage markings. The road is wide enough to allow for these upgrades without removing parking or travel lanes.

Your input on this pilot project is important! The result of this one-year study will help with the design of future improvements for bicycling.  

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Study Area

Study Area

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* 1. Have you made any trips through the study area in the past month (30 days) using any of the following modes?

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* 2. What type of trips do you regularly use North Division Avenue for? (Check all that apply)

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* 3. What is your opinion of the individual bike lane components? Examples available here.

  Great Idea Good Idea Unsure/Neutral Bad Idea Terrible Idea
Painted Buffered Zone: Pavement markings that separate the bicycle lane from adjacent vehicle travel lane.
Flexible Delineator Post: a short vertical post placed in the painted buffer zone to further separate the bicycle lane from the adjacent vehicle travel lane.
Intersection Bike Box: A designated area at the head of a traffic lane (or lanes) at signalized intersections that provide bicyclists with a safe and visible way to get ahead of queuing motor vehicle traffic during the red signal phase.
Green Pavement Markings: Pavement markings, typically used to highlight areas where conflicts between people in motor vehicles and on bicycles may be more frequent.
Shared Lane Marking: A road marking that is used to indicate that a travel lane should be expected to be shared by bicycles and motor vehicles. 
Bicycle Signage: Information for travelers along a preferred route

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* 4. How have your feelings changed since the pilot project began on Division Avenue?

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* 5. IF you have driven in the study area in the last month (30 Days), how satisfied are you with the following:

  Very Satisfied Satisfied Neutral Dissatisfied Very Dissatisfied Does Not Apply
Overall comfort
Travel time
Turning on/from Division Avenue
Travel speeds of surrounding traffic

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* 6. IF you have ridden a bicycle in the study area in the last month (30 days), how satisfied are you with the following:

  Very Satisfied Satisfied Neutral Dissatisfied Very Dissatisfied Does Not Apply
Overall comfort
Travel time
Road Conditions: pavement quality, debris, snow/ice, etc. 
Separation from vehicular traffic
Travel speeds of nearby vehicles
Turning on/from Division Avenue

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* 7. IF you have walked or ran in the study area in the last month (30 days), how satisfied are you with the following:

  Very Satisfied  Satisfied  Neutral Dissatisfied  Very Dissatisfied Does not apply
Overall comfort
Crossing at signalized intersections
Crossing at unsignalized intersections
Sidewalk conditions: pavement quality, debris, snow/ice, etc. 
Travel speeds of nearby vehicles

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* 8. Do you have any other comments, questions, or concerns?

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* 9. What is your Zip Code

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* 10. Gender?

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* 11. Race/Ethnicity

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* 12. If you want to stay up-to-date on this project and other happenings in Downtown GR, please provide your email below.

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