01/2022 UPDATE: VITAL met with DPW Engineer and the Assistant Commissioner Mr. Brow and continue to work to move the bike lane striping project. The plan is now under review by engineers prior to be submitted to the DOT for final approval. This plan will pave the way for other bike lanes in the territory.
During the work on the Christiansted Bypass AARP Community Challenge Project the need for a bike lane across the By Pass was identified. A preliminary design in partnership with the DPW was generated. Once the work was generated it was further determined that the work would need to be approved by the DOT (Department of Transportation) to ensure safety standards are met. The plan generated by VITAL is now being revisited by DPW Engineer P. Gajewski and volunteer engineers to facilitate a timely product. One the plan is approved two things will happen.
First the bike lane stripping will be applied to the road surface for the 1 mile distance over the Christiansted Bypass with appropriate signage and stenciling. This will create the first bike lane in the territory.
- Shared lanes on all lanes East and West on hill from Gallows Bay lighted intersection.
- DPW has been given a Bike Lane road stencil to mark the lanes. They also have the reflectors for the entire road project and delineators for one section only.
- Bike Box at each intersection
- Separate Bike lanes – increase existing white road strip to 8 inches wide
Secondly this plan will create the template for all new bike lanes across the Territory and can be applied to up coming road projects where appropriate.