The Reno City Council will consider tomorrow to authorize two or more hours of staff time for potential bikes lanes on Center and Sierra Streets downtown.
The city council agenda item comes in the wake of the council’s recommendation to the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) to go with a Virginia Street redesign that does not include bike lanes in Midtown.
“We don’t have any true biking corridors in downtown,” said Councilmember Paul McKenzie. “We want to great a bike environment for people to come downtown on their bicycles.”
The idea is to create uninterrupted and safe continuity between bike lanes from Midtown to the university area.
“I had really hoped we could get bike lanes in the Virginia Street corridor, but there’s way too much reluctance from the (Midtown) business community,” McKenzie added. “Since we can’t get it built into RTC’s (Virginia Street) plan, we have to come up with an alternative on our own. If we’re going to create a bike route, we have to create connectivity between Midtown and the university. Bike lanes shouldn’t dead end.”
McKenzie said the meeting agenda item tomorrow is to request staff to look at the issue.