Sidewalk, bike lane proposed for Bishop ATP funding

– City of Bishop press release

This month the City of Bishop will propose a sidewalk and bike lane project in the back of the City Park for state Active Transportation Program (ATP) funding.

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The $1 million project, called the Spruce, Hanby, Yaney Sidewalks project, would construct sidewalks and bike lanes on portions of Spruce Street, East Yaney Street, and Hanby Avenue in and near the east portion of the Bishop City Park, sort of near the Bishop Senior Center.

This sidewalk and bike lane project is proposed for funding even though it was not the most popular project at a recent series of public meetings held by the city. The most popular projects at these meetings were bike path and residential sidewalk projects. Because of difficulties with the most popular bike path and residential sidewalk projects, the relative ease, and substantial benefits of the Spruce, Hanby, Yaney Sidewalks project, this project in the back of the park will be proposed for the current ATP funding opportunity.

The more popular projects face difficulties in the form of resistance from the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP, the landowner) in the case of the bike path projects, and from residents and citizens concerned about sidewalk construction and tree removal in the case of the sidewalk projects.

The city looks forward to working with DWP and with residents on future funding opportunities for the popular bike path and residential sidewalk projects. The state’s ATP is intended to promote public health and safety by encouraging active forms of transportation such as walking, biking, and skateboarding to get to school, work, or every day activities.

The City of Bishop appreciates the public’s involvement identifying the best projects for ATP funding. For more information contact City of Bishop Public Works at or 760-873-8458.


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16 Responses to Sidewalk, bike lane proposed for Bishop ATP funding

  1. Charles O. Jones June 5, 2015 at 8:00 am #

    Glad to see Eastside towns gradually becoming more pedestrian and bicycle friendly.

  2. Zack June 5, 2015 at 9:25 am #

    How about a bike/pedestrian lane on Dixon lane? Always busy and most vehicles don’t move over and ignore speed limits.

  3. BobK June 6, 2015 at 8:45 am #

    How about putting up fencing on the left side of the bike lanes where possible to keep the bicyclists in their own lane.

    • erik simpson June 6, 2015 at 10:57 am #

      Because bicyclists have as much right to the road as motorists.

      • John Barton June 6, 2015 at 2:52 pm #

        Laws nor “rights” of bicyclists will protect them from their own stupidity, arrogance or the bad driving of motorists. Riding in the roadway around a blind curve (as only one example of many) is immediate qualification for a Darwin Award.

        • Charles O. Jones June 6, 2015 at 10:22 pm #

          @John Barton,
          The same could be said for driving an automobile. Statistics clearly demonstrate that driving an automobile has significant risks of injury or death. So perhaps you also qualify for the Darwin award by choosing to drive your car on public roads.

          • John Barton June 7, 2015 at 9:36 am #

            Very good, COJ, yes, when automobile are driven outside of their designated lane or are too far over one way or the other, risk of injury or death increases. The same applies to a bicycle, however, when I am driving my car, I am not worried about a bicycle running me over.

          • Charles O. Jones June 7, 2015 at 7:40 pm #

            No you probably won’t get run over by a bicycle while driving your car. However, you could find anything around that blind curve you’ve described. It could be a downed tree, a big rock, a large animal, a pedestrian, or even a cyclist. If you’re driving so fast that you’re unable to avoid any of the above, then maybe you should slow down a bit.

    • sugarmagnolia June 6, 2015 at 11:38 am #

      I’m sure cyclist and drivers would both love a k rail on the fog line, with a 8′ shoulder, clear of debris, paralleling the roadway…in a perfect world Bob, with LOTS of money available.

  4. Trouble June 6, 2015 at 11:10 am #

    I think they should outlaw those awful looking biicycle shorts!

  5. tony cumia June 6, 2015 at 11:34 am #

    Fencing? I dont think that would be cheap.and who would pay for that? apposed to bicyclists and drivers obeying the law.

  6. Charles O. Jones June 6, 2015 at 12:02 pm #

    That goes both ways BobK. As a cyclist, I have experienced cars driving partially or even completely in the bike lane on far too many occasions. I’m sure you’ve been annoyed by irresponsible cyclists in the past. Well I’ve had some near-misses with irresponsible drivers that go far beyond any mere annoyances you may have experienced. It is for these reasons that “Protected Bike Lanes” are becoming more and more prevalent throughout our country. Many European cities have had these for years.

    Cyclists are legal road users and they’re not going to go away. So the sooner we learn to coexist, the better for all road users.

    A short video on Protected Bike Lanes for anyone interested:

  7. High Water June 6, 2015 at 3:15 pm #

    “THE right of the citizen to travel upon the public highways and to transport his property thereon, either by carriage or by automobile, is not a mere privilege which a city may prohibit or permit at will, but a common right which he has under the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”- Thompson v Smith 154 SE 579.

    It could not be stated more conclusively that Citizens of the states have a right to travel, without approval or restriction (license), and that this right is protected under the U.S. Constitution. Here are other court decisions that expound the same facts:

    • Ken Warner June 9, 2015 at 12:48 pm #

      Having had the “Right of Way” will not provide me with comfort while I’m trying to snuggle into a bed in the ER.

      I get out of the way of everybody, all the time.

      • Charles O. Jones June 10, 2015 at 8:59 am #

        Yes accidents do happen. We’d all do better to drive and ride defensively for our own survival and for the safety those around us.

        Sometimes it’s not an accident though. Use your vehicle as weapon and you may end up with an extended stay at the Grey Bar Motel like this guy did:

        Can’t we all try a little harder to get along and share our public roads? For a change, try waiving at each other with all 5 fingers instead of just one.

    • Trouble June 10, 2015 at 4:27 am #

      High Water- I’m not sure why your getting so many thumbs down on that? Unless the CHP has laptops in their new SUV’s.


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