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Bicycle Facilities

Bicycle Facilities

Bicycle FacilitiesLansdowne Borough was awarded technical assistance from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission’s (“DVRPC”) Safe Routes to Transit Program. The program is a competitive technical assistance program periodically offered to municipalities in Greater Philadelphia that are interested in enhancing pedestrian and bicycle access to transit stations. As part of this program, DVRPC facilitated a meeting with representatives from Lansdowne Borough and Delaware County on April 8, 2019 to discuss pedestrian and bicycle access issues and opportunities around SEPTA’s Lansdowne Regional Rail Station.

Background

In 2014 the Borough conducted a walkshed analysis as part of the 2012 Transportation and Community Development Initiative (TCDI). In the study, Lansdowne Central Business District Walk-Shed Improvements, one of the recommendations outlined was a design at the
intersection of Lansdowne Avenue and Scottdale Road to construct a bump out on the southern corner of Scottdale Road in conjunction with a striped crosswalk to make the pedestrian experience more comfortable. Also, though advocacy of the Borough, Lansdowne Station was one of three stations surveyed as part of DVRPC’s Delaware County Bike-to-Transit Survey project. One outcome of the project is a set of recommendations for bicycle facilities that can be used to access the station. These recommendations were discussed in the session (see map below). The most pertinent recommendation is a bike lane on Lansdowne Avenue from Madison Avenue to the municipal border. Because this bike lane would increase multimodal access and serve as a traffic calming strategy, it was discussed in detail during the session. Additionally, SEPTA plans to add bike parking to the north side of the station to support bicycle access. It is with this preliminary work that the Borough is actively seeking (August 2019) Bicycle Facility design experts to develop a plan and documentation for installing facilities concurrent with the PennDOT resurfacing of Lansdowne Avenue project in the second half of 2020. The Borough will seek grant funding to support the planning and implementation of this work.

Gateway Slope

Gateway Slope

Gateway SlopeIn 2016 and 2017 Lansdowne Borough was awarded two grants that will support the development of a pedestrian trail as an extension of the Hoffman Park trail. The new trail extension known as Gateway Slope will connect to the existing trail at the South East corner of Scottdale and Baltimore Avenue and extend eastward, up the slope to Eldon Road. The project will allow for the disbandment of the existing sidewalk that is inadequate and dangerously close to the automobile traffic that flows up Baltimore Avenue. The two awards for the project amount to $600,000 one from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Community Conservation Partnership Program C2P2 in the amount of $300,000 and another from the Commonwealth Financing Authority Multimodal Transportation Fund in the amount of $300,000 awarded. The design and engineering of this project was completed in July of 2018 and the project is nearing the end of the PennDOT permitting process. Construction is expected to commence in the Fall of 2019.

Lansdowne Avenue Crosswalk

Lansdowne Avenue Crosswalk

Lansdowne Avenue CrosswalkIn June of 2018 Lansdowne Borough was awarded $87,624 through a competitive grant application to the 2018 Community Development Block Grant funding cycle. The application was to install a more permanent and planned crosswalk across Lansdowne Avenue to connect the pedestrian pathway to east and west retail, municipal parking lots, and to increase the protection of pedestrians crossing Lansdowne Avenue. As of July of 2019, the design of the crosswalk between the Lansdowne Theater sidewalk and the Veterans Park sidewalk at 30 North Lansdowne Avenue is complete and is nearing the end of the PennDOT permitting process. Construction is expected to commence and complete in the Fall of 2019. This project represents the ongoing implementation of the 2014 Walkshed Study aimed at protecting and reducing the friction of pedestrian circulation within the Borough central business district. The project will include stormwater management elements, decorative bollards, blinking safety signals, and decorative surfaces.