Euclid Avenue Bicycle and Pedestrian Enhancements
To bring nearly two miles of protected bikeway along Euclid Avenue in National City, California to fruition, Kimley-Horn provided services including public outreach, environmental processing, traffic evaluation, grant writing and administration, and final design and approval.
Euclid Avenue is a major north-south arterial serving those in the surrounding communities. Looking to create a safe, navigable route for pedestrians, bicycles, and vehicles, National City identified a need for bicycle and pedestrian enhancements along the two-mile roadway. Active Transportation Program grant applications were prepared, which awarded the City funding for design and construction. The reduction of an existing four-lane facility to two northbound lanes and one southbound lane was needed to provide room for protected bike lanes. Bend-outs, reverse angle parking, and signal enhancements including two High Intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK) systems were also included in the final design. The implementation of these enhancements resulted in the region’s first bend-outs and the City’s first protected bikeway.
Adapting to Meet Community Needs
National City determined the corridor needed improvements, which resulted in the development of the City’s Bicycle Master Plan. Initially, enhancements focused solely on bicycle pathway improvements, but after several community meetings, the need for pedestrian improvements at key crossing locations became evident and were added to the project.
Design and Implementation
The design incorporated bicycle bend-outs at signalized intersections with designated right turning vehicles. Bend-out treatments increased comfort levels for those riding bikes by positioning cyclists farther ahead of the vehicle limit line at the intersection, creating separation that gives cyclists a head start from drivers at the intersection. Safety also increased for cyclists as a result of eliminating the in-lane mixing zone with right-turning vehicles. To visually and audibly alert pedestrians of oncoming cyclists, the bend-out design incorporated concrete joints and green paint.
The improvements to Euclid Avenue enhance safety and increase the viability of active transportation in a community that relies on alternate modes. Two HAWK signals and a new signalized intersection were added to provide a controlled crossing at a community shopping center and Paradise Valley Hospital–the City’s largest employer and provider of critical health services.
- 2021 Outstanding Bikeway and Trails Project; ASCE
- 2021 Merit Engineering Excellence Award; ACEC California
- 2020 Complete Streets Project Momentum Award; Circulate San Diego