The BLUER Bike/Ped Subcommittee is focussed on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the Borough by reducing the amount of car traffic and replacing it with bikers or walkers. However, there are obstacles to make West Chester more bike and pedestrian friendly. This committee will focus on identifying, prioritizing and finding solutions to these obstacles. We will work with the Borough, the business owners, drivers and the walking/biking public to improve the pedestrian and biking experience in West Chester.
Specific initiatives on our agenda right now include:
The BFWC team met on Nov 23, 2013 to discuss plans for marking 6 streets in WC Borough as bike boulevards. We'd like to mark the roadway on these roads to inform drivers and bikers that the road is to be shared. We also hope to get mid-block signs indicating this is a Bike Route. Bikers are encouraged to ride in the lane and drivers should be patient with bikes, especially in areas where cars are parked on one or both sides of the road.
Candidate streets are:
The next steps are:
View the current Bike Friendly West Chester Plan here.
West Chester BLUER and the Chester County Cycling Coalition are launching a Share The Road campaign in May, 2013.
To find out how people who live and work in the Borough feel about cycling, the Chester County Cycling Coalition (CCCC) created and implemented the West Chester Bicycle Survey in January 2011. The survey answered important questions that will help guide the design of a plan to improve bicycling in the Borough of West Chester. The survey answered some key questions: Why do people bicycle? Why donít they bicycle? What do we have to do to encourage people to use bicycles as a mode of transportation?
The vast majority of people who participated in our survey would bicycle more for transportation, exercise and recreation if bicycling in the Borough was safe. We also learned that many people were unhappy about cyclists who do not obey the rules of the road. In order to improve bicycling conditions in West Chester Borough, the BLUER Transportation Committee in cooperation with the CCCC are working on a bike plan for the Borough: Bike Friendly West Chester. As recommended by the League of American Bicyclists, the plan will include proposals for improving bicycle facilities (bicycle routes and storage), and a plan to educate bicyclists and motorists.
The Bike Friendly West Chester team put together a fold-up pocket street map of the Borough of West Chester showing what we consider to be the safest routes for getting in, out and between points of interest in the borough. You can open a .pdf file of the map here and print it, or pick one up at many of the sports oriented businesses in the borough - thanks to West Chester BID for printing these maps.
In 2011 we compiled an inventory of bicycle parking in West Chester: the existing racks, capacity and where we think there should be more bike parking. The existing racks are are marked on the Bike Route Map above, but the full inventory spreadsheet can be found here.
Other groups with similar goals (improving the bike and pedestrian experience in West Chester) that we have been or plan to work with are:
We plan to have issue specific meetings and cross membership with these groups to help achieve our goals
The Transporation and BFWC Subcommittees meet approximately once per quarter. Some meetins will focus more on Bike Friendy West Chester, some on other/general transportation issues. Check agenda for details. Contact Jim Wylie (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get on dist list. We meet at Hybrid Cycles at 126 E. Gay St with topic specific meetings as needed. Scheduled meeting dates are listed below. Minutes from these meetings are included in the monthly BLUER meetings which are posted on the About page.
Participating members of Bike Friendly West Chester are: Ellen Zadoff (chair), Jim Wylie, Ray Ott, Shayne Trimbell, Tara Speck, Chris Bell, Fred Rothman.
The BLUER Transportation Subcommittee takes a broader view of the issue of transportation and the emissions caused by gas burning vehicles moving through and idling in the Borough. If you are interested in promoting public transporation and low/zero emissions vehicles, check in with with the Transportation Subcommittee.