March 22, 2016
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is a statewide organization that works to make Maine better for bicycling and walking. We support well-designed development and streets that create environments that are safe and welcoming for those traveling on foot or bike. We are writing to express general support for improvements to Pine Point Road that will enhance bicycle access and safety, and to recommend minor changes that will further extend those enhancements.
In an informal discussion with Dan Bacon, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine learned of plans to add bicycle lanes to Pine Point Road. In the course of that conversation, we learned that the plan was to use 11 ft traffic lanes with one 4 and one 5 ft bike lane on each side of the street. While we in general support the addition of the bicycle facilities, we feel that Scarborough should take this opportunity to narrow the travel lanes to 10 or 10.5 feet and to create bike lanes of a consistent width of 5 ft.
FHWA has ample documentation of the benefits of narrower lane widths for speed limit compliance without decreases in safety, and they also note that narrower lanes creates space for other users. They recommend that striping reconfigurations be considered in all resurfacing projects, but their comments are germane to any re-striping or lane reconfiguration project. We refer you to the FHWA publication accessible here: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/publications/resurfacing/page03.cfm
We would welcome the opportunity to discuss our concerns in more detail. Again, thank you for the opportunity to comment.
James C. Tassé
Bicycle Coalition of Maine
March 22, 2016