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Thousand Oaks repaving project a major “pedal pusher”

August 2022. Work is wrapping up on the 60 miles of street repaving citywide, which included improving bicycle safety on several City streets.   Installing and/or enhancing bicycle facilities during roadway resurfacing projects is an efficient and cost-effective way for the City to improve the our bicycle network. To find out more about the City’s largest paving project to date, click here.  As part of this project, more than 8 miles of buffered bike lanes have been added as detailed below.

Bike lane and paving - cropped2

Street restriping for Lynn Road, Reino Road and Via Las Brisas includes:

  1. Lynn Road between U.S. 101 and Reino Road: Narrow the travel lanes to add a striped buffer between the #2 travel lane and existing bike lanes.
  2. Via Las Brisas between Borchard Road and Lynn Road: Narrow the travel lanes to add a striped buffer between the #2 travel lane and existing bike lanes
  3. Reino Road between Potrero Road and Borchard Road: Reduce the number of lanes from 4 to 2 and add a buffered bike lane.

The pavement project is just about complete, and the buffered bike lanes are looking great!  “What we have accomplished this Spring and Summer is no small feat; we were able to upgrade 60 miles of streets while also giving our residents safer roads to bicycle on as they ride around the City” said Nader Heydari, Deputy Public Works Director.  “I want to thank all of my staff who spent countless hours in the field, both night and day, to ensure this project was successful, and thank the residents for their patience during construction.”

These bike lane improvements were a result of extensive outreach, community input, and planning. Prior to restriping, the community had several opportunities weigh in on the proposed modifications.  A detailed description of all the proposed restriping improvements was presented to the Traffic and Transportation Advisory Commission (TTAC) in July 2021 and again in October 2021. Public outreach efforts included:

  1. Direct communication with adjacent HOA/POA
  2. Social media postings: City’s Facebook page, Twitter and Nextdoor.com
  3. City Website: www.toaks.org/streets
  4. Focused mailed notifications to adjacent residents on collector streets
  5. Press Releases, including the Thousand Oaks Acorn
  6. Surveys: surveymonkey.com
  7. Portable message board signs
  8. Zoom-hosted Public Meetings for each road segment

Based on the results of this community outreach, a summary of recommendations was provided to TTAC at their October 2021 meeting. The TTAC recommended to the City Council that new striping be included in the pavement project to add these more than 8 miles of buffered bike lanes.

To learn more about bicycling resources and infrastructure in the City, please visit our website.

 

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