When it comes to improving various bicycle facilities in the northern part of the city, Stockton has a master plan.
According to Connie Cochran, Stockton’s community relations officer, the project is a part of the city’s master bike plan to enhance the lives of pedestrians and bicyclists, started in an effort to finish the bicycle facilities along Thornton road between Bear Creek and Eight Mile Road.
“The city had also just finished the overpasses along Eight Mile Road and the underpass at Lower Sacramento Road; so in order to create a looped system, bike facilities were required along Eight Mile Road and Lower Sacramento Road,” said Cochran.
“In the future, the City will expand with other projects per the Master Bicycle Plan in these streets,” said Cochran.
Stockton was awarded federal funds through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program to insert rectangular flashing rapid flashing beacons and bicycle pedestrian signs.
“These funds are given to fund transportation projects that are made to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality in areas of the country not meeting the standard but that is not the only reason this area was chosen for improved bike paths according to Cochran.
“There are a lot of bicycle and pedestrian users. The project will provide safety crossings by installing rectangular rapid flashing beacons at four major intersections,” said Cochran.
The intersections are Thornton Road/Bear Creek; Davis Road/Bear Creek; Whistler Way/Pixley Slough; and Rivermont Drive/Pixley Slough, and she stated “The project will create safety connectivity.”
Cochran also shares that a project such as this one will cost $2.6 million.
More areas in the city are currently being considered for bike paths such as South Airport way, California Street, San Joaquin street and Center street.
Increasing the bike paths in the city opens up more ways for community members to travel safely through the city, said Cochran.