The Vail Town Council will has approved plans to install Advisory Bike Lanes along Vail Valley Drive on a trial basis. The concept was reviewed during council's Tuesday, June 16 meeting.
As proposed, the new trial traffic pattern will extend along Vail Valley Drive from the Ford Park parking lot to Sunburst Drive to better accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists. The pilot traffic pattern will include new signs and striping and is tentatively planned to be installed on Wednesday, June 17 as a trial for the summer months.
Advisory bike lanes are striped shoulder bike lanes that allow for two-way vehicular traffic to share a narrowed single center lane while pedestrians and bicyclists utilize the bike lanes on each side separated from vehicular traffic by dashed lines. The center lane is only wide enough for one vehicle, requiring vehicles to yield and move over to the right into the advisory bike lane, yielding to pedestrians and cyclists, when an on-coming vehicle is approaching. This roadway configuration originated in the Netherlands where they have over 50 years of experience with this practice and is now gaining traction in the United States.
When traveling along this section of Vail Valley Drive, travelers are advised to stay alert for the change and maintain the posted speed limit of 15 mph. For more information and to provide comments and feedback during the trial period, visit www.engagevail.com.