McClintock bike lane study heads toward June wrap-up

Studies examining last year’s reconfiguration of McClintock Drive, a project that was launched to enhance bicyclist convenience and safety, are headed toward a June completion date, according to a new projection by Tempe officials.


Cyclists pedal their way through Kiwanis Park in Tempe, a bike-friendly city where motorists have been complaining about the reconfiguration of a major artery. (Photo courtesy city of Tempe)

Studies examining last year’s reconfiguration of McClintock Drive, a project that was launched to enhance bicyclist convenience and safety, are headed toward a June completion date, according to a new projection by Tempe officials.

Some motorists have complained that modifications to the previous roadway configuration have impeded morning and evening rush-hour traffic flow, and a group appearing before the Tempe City Council in November was said to be instrumental in the councilmembers’ decision to undertake a study. 

Following that meeting, council members requested that staff study the possible use of a consultant to evaluate the roadway for inclusion of bicycle infrastructure while restoring vehicle capacity.

The following summary describes staff process so far, with a goal of returning to the council in June after having completed a period focusing on public involvement and evaluating solutions on a segment-by-segment basis while also including the improvements of the entire corridor.

January, March and May — Continue data collection between University and Elliot:

• Traffic Volumes

• Travel Times (including off peak times; also compare to other two/two arterials in Tempe)

• Bike Counts: At all major intersections between Apache & Guadalupe on McClintock

• Crashes: Collect Monthly

February — Council decides on contract with consultant, if required

March-May — Deliverables from consultant:

• Traffic Analysis

• Data Collection and Field Review

• Best Practice Research

• Modeling Alternatives

• Develop Design Alternatives that meet Council’s threshold criteria

• Cost Opinions

• Internal stakeholder meetings

• Two public meetings with breakout sessions

• Transportation Commission Presentation

• Sustainability Commission Presentation

June — Present to Council:

• Public outreach findings

• Data collection findings

• Design alternatives and costs for council consideration

Tempe staff will follow the council-adopted Tempe Involving the Public manual throughout the public involvement process.