Lancaster officials will hold their second and third public meetings to gather input on the city’s plan for protected bicycle lanes running east-west on Monday and Thursday next week.
But there’s been a change since the first meeting took place on May 29: For the time being, the city is tabling the Chestnut Street part of the plan, the mayor’s chief of staff Jess King said.
She said analysis by Kittelson & Associates, the consulting firm assisting the city, showed that the proposed bike lane configuration would create “queueing issues” on East Chestnut Street — that is, the existing traffic volume would result in too many vehicles being lined up at intersections.
So “we need to go back to the drawing board,” King said.
The problem doesn’t exist on Walnut Street, so plans to create a westbound bicycle lane there as part of its repaving this fall continue to move forward, she said.
As previously proposed, the lanes were to run the length of the two streets. Besides serving city cyclists, they would connect the east and west portions of the Greater Lancaster Heritage Pathway, a multimunicipal trail envisioned for commuters and recreational users.
The city remains committed to finding a workable eastbound connection one way or another, King said.