Lancaster city will hold three public meetings in coming weeks to discuss the Lancaster Active Transportation Plan — and in particular, its recommendation for protected bicycle lanes along Walnut and Chestnut streets.

“We understand that residents on Chestnut and Walnut still have concerns regarding the bike lanes,” city communications manager Amber Strazzo said.

The meetings will last one hour, and there will be time for public questions and comment. Strazzo is accepting input and questions in advance via email, at astrazzo@cityoflancasterpa.com.

The dates and locations are as follows:

Lancaster ATP meetings

  • West side: 6 p.m. May 29, Masonic Lodge No. 43, 213 W. Chestnut St.
  • East side: 6 p.m. June 17, East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church, 432 E. Chestnut St.
  • Downtown: 6 p.m. June 20, Holiday Inn Lancaster, 26 E. Chestnut St.

The protected bike lanes would be part of a broader city network intended to make bicycling safer and more appealing for the majority of cyclists who are apprehensive about riding in traffic.

They also would link the east and west sections of the Greater Lancaster Heritage Pathway, a proposed walking and cycling corridor that would be accessible to about 200,000 people in the city and surrounding suburbs.

Because Chestnut Street is relatively narrow, the plan calls for reducing much of it to one lane to make room for the bike lane.

Residents' public comments have been split. Opponents contend the proposed design is dangerous and predict congestion and blockages due to deliveries, trash pickup and so on. Proponents, on the other hand, anticipate calmer traffic and a safer environment for all street users. 


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Walnut Street is wide enough for a bike lane to be added without loss of a motor vehicle lane.

There will more meetings down the road as the city implements other components of the Active Transportation Plan, Strazzo said.

Editor's note: This article was revised May 28 to include proponents' views of the proposed Chestnut Street bicycle lane.