Bikes get climbing lane on Fancher Field Road
Thursday, May 10, 2012
EAST WENATCHEE — Bicyclists wacky enough to cycle the steep grade up Fancher Field Road, above East Wenatchee, now have a dedicated, uphill climbing lane and shared use with motorized vehicles of the downhill lane.
Doug Bramlette, Douglas County engineer, said the signs and new lane markings went in this week along the approximately half-mile stretch from near the hairpin curve on the Eastmont Avenue extension to Fancher Heights Boulevard.
The road has narrow shoulders that contain storm drains and, often, debris, a news release said. The six-foot-wide uphill bike lane will make the climb safer for cyclists.
Shared-use designations for downhill lanes are used on roads where bicycles can travel the same speed as cars, but where space is lacking for a dedicated bike lane, the news release said.
The Wenatchee Valley Transportation Council is developing a Regional Bicycle Master Plan that will include more bicycle climbing lanes and share-use designations. The plan will be released in late summer, Bramlette said.
Christine Pratt: 665-1173
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