Motorists in El Dorado will be getting a reminder to watch out for bicyclists with several new signs approved by the El Dorado City Commission Monday evening.
The commission first heard the request to consider bike lanes in the city during their last meeting and had asked city staff to bring them back more information on the subject.
“We looked at some areas where we could actually fit in a regulation bike lane on the roadway,” said Scott Rickard, assistant city engineer, showing a map of possibilities.
A bike lane would require a five-foot-wide lane from the curb on each side of the road, which would cause on-street parking on those streets to be eliminated.
They also looked at possible streets to mark as shared use roads with signs making motorists aware bicycles also were using the road.
“There are some costs associated with that,” Rickard said.
For the signage, the public works department would construct 52 signs at a cost of about $6,500. The bike lanes would require pavement markings and new striping, which would cost about $66,000.
“My thoughts on it right now are possibly just looking at signage and maybe not the dedicated bike lanes,” Rickard said.
Mayor Tom McKibban expressed concerns about eliminating the on-street parking because in many neighborhoods it is necessary, and the commissioners agreed.
Herb Llewellyn, city manager, said the signs would raise the level of consciousness to drivers reminding them there are bicycles there as well.
McKibban also thought signage might drive more riders to the streets that were safer for them.
Rickard said their goal is to promote it through schools and the police department. They may also be able extend signage through applying for grants from the Safe Routes to School program.
“I agree shared usage signage if nothing else raises awareness,” said Commissioner Bill Young. “To take away that on-street parking could really cause potential problems for those homeowners.”
The commission gave its consensus to move forward with the shared use signs.