Brockton Bike Lanes

Keep Brockton bike lanes, Riverside officials say

The City Council will discuss crash statistics and a public survey on the project on Tuesday, Dec. 6th.
  •  A bicyclist makes his way down Riverside’s Brockton Avenue in August. City information showed that while some residents don’t think the addition of bike lanes was beneficial, safety on the road has improved since the change.

A bicyclist makes his way down Riverside’s Brockton Avenue in August. City information showed that while some residents don’t think the addition of bike lanes was beneficial, safety on the road has improved since the change.
, KURT MILLER, FILE PHOTO

Despite some public dissatisfaction with the bike lanes on Riverside’s Brockton Avenue, city officials recommend keeping the road as it is, citing a reduced number of accidents.

In late 2014, the city finished switching 2.35 miles of Brockton from a four-lane road to three lanes – one driving lane each direction and a center turn lane – plus bike lanes along the outside.

Since the change, overall accidents on that stretch of road went down by 35 percent, according to city information. Rear-end accidents and crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists went up slightly, but broadside and head-on crashes were reduced significantly.

When asked if the center turn lanes made the road safer, 49 percent of residents and businesspeople said yes, 41 pecent said no, and the rest were neutral, a city survey showed. But there was a split on whether the change was positive, with a little over half of residents saying no and more than half of businesses saying yes.

The Riverside City Council will discuss the bike lane project at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 3900 Main St., Riverside.

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