The DRI Committee still has not decided which firm will undertake the restoration and renovation of Promenade Hill, but in the meantime, another RFP has been issued. This one for what is being called "BRIDGE District Connectivity Improvements." The project combines what was originally two DRI projects: "Implement Complete Street Improvements" and "Improve the Safety and Aesthetics of Cross Street and the Second Street Stairs." The RFP (request for proposals), which can be viewed here, identifies the following "Priority Projects" and "Secondary Projects."
Reading these lists introduced me to a new term: bike sharrow. The word sharrow is a portmanteau word, combining "share" and "arrow." This symbol painted on the roadway is a sharrow.
It doesn't mark a designated bike lane. Instead it indicates that a lane is to be shared by bicycles and automobiles. This article, found in Bicycling, provides a useful discussion of bike sharrows: "No, Really, What Are Sharrows Good For?"
Another thing learned from reviewing the RFP is that the plans for the Second Street stairs have been scaled back. Originally, this elegant and fanciful re-imagining was offered for the stairs connecting Allen Street to Cross Street.
The RFQ contains more realistic aspirations for the stairs, which involve widening them and adding more adequate handrails, a bike ramp (for walking your bike up or down the stairs), bike racks, and resting spots.
A site visit for those interested in submitting proposals has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 13. The deadline for submitting proposals is Tuesday, August 27.
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