On Tuesday, December 1, the trial of the temporary bicycle path on Aaleeksandra Čaka Street officially began, which will continue until April 1 next year, the Riga City Council said.
The purpose of this study is to measure traffic movements and population satisfaction in order to make decisions based on data and measurements on springs in the construction of permanent bicycle infrastructure on Jalan Čaka.
Vilnis Ķirsis (“New Unity”), deputy chairman of the Riga City Council, stressed that the aim of the experiment was not to confront road users, but to revive the city center of Riga.
“If we don’t make the environment in Riga more population-friendly, the population will continue to decline. It’s important to understand that it’s not just about bike lanes, but about whole urban neighborhoods – where traffic is heavy, there are very few people, but few people, there’s no opportunity to develop shops, cafes and other small businesses, “says Cherry. He pointed out that this is only the first stop on a broad list of road and urban repair works. Next year’s budget will provide funds for the placement of benches, trees and other repair work on Jalan Čaka.
“We need to make this road not only functionally comfortable, but also visually attractive,” said Kirsi.
“Right now the most important thing is knowing the opinion of the public, including pedestrians, who get free sidewalks from cyclists and electric scooters thanks to the bicycle path experiment. The next priority is to study public transport timetable data so that the best decisions can be made for road development, “added Olaf Pulks, chair of the Transportation and Communications Committee (” New Unity “), urging all road users to be tolerant during the experiment.
Vitalijs Reinbachs, director of the department informed that his agency had completed the restoration of the asphalt concrete pavement along Jalan Čaka and replaced the sidewalks, as well as setting up temporary bicycle lanes and making all necessary preparations for obtaining data and measurements. impact of bicycle paths on traffic on this road and other roads.
He explained, in the trial in collaboration with “Rīgas Satiksme”, the movement of public transport and passenger dynamics would be measured. The number of road traffic accidents, the number of cyclists will also be monitored, as well as measurements of population satisfaction, noise and air quality.
The experiment will run for four months – until April 1, 2021, when, based on the results obtained, a decision will be made to build a permanent bicycle infrastructure on Čaka Street.
In addition, in the following construction season, repair work will be carried out along the road – trees have been planted, bicycle stands, benches and flower boxes installed to make the road more attractive and friendly to residents.
The Traffic Department also informed that on Jalan Čaka, improvements to the traffic organization will continue to minimize congestion during rush hour.
Alternative routes can be used for transit, for example when driving from the Daugava side by route: Satekles – Valmieras Street, Merkela – Brīvības – Pärnu, Krasta – South Bridge – Piedrujas – Braslas Street or when driving from Purvciems, on the route: Braslas – Piedruja – South Bridge – Krasta, Pärnu – Senču – Zirņu – Street Kr. Valdemāra (Skanstes).
After the renovation of Aleksandra Čaka Street, at a meeting of the Traffic and Transport Affairs Committee of the Riga City Council, deputies encouraged the creation of bicycle lanes on roads to improve bicycle infrastructure. It was decided experimentally to introduce temporary bicycle paths on the Marijas and Čaka roads, despite possible congestion.
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