Community meeting planned for road diet project in Lodi

The City of Lodi is hosting a community meeting on February 27, to provide information and gain community feedback on the Church Street Road Diet and Bicycle Project.  Its purpose is to improve safety, livability, and economic development along Church Street, as well as encourage more bicycle travel in downtown Lodi.Church Street Road Diet

The project will install Class II bike lanes and enhance pedestrian facilities and intersection crossings by reducing the existing traveled four-lanes to two-lanes on Church Street between Lodi Avenue and Lockeford Street in Lodi. Improvements will include replacement of damaged sidewalks, installation of accessible curb ramps with updated pedestrian push buttons, traffic signal improvements including separated left turn phases and pedestrians countdown heads, enhanced crosswalks and traffic signal video detection for bicyclists.

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A road diet is a way to use existing roads, replacing excess car lanes with bicycle routes,  in a way that increases safety for all modes of transit and encouraging travel by means other than car.

These designs often used a parking lane as a barrier between vehicular traffic and cyclist and can be used to reduce traffic in busy pedestrian-heavy neighborhoods, both of which can drastically reduce crashes and injuries.

This project was one of 21 projects and plans the SJCOG Board awarded funding to in February 2018 as part of  the Measure K Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Safe Routes to School Program and the Measure K Smart Growth Incentive Program.  These programs help expand pedestrian and bicycle safety as well as assist local agencies to better integrate transportation and land use.

The community meeting will be held 8:00 -9:00 am, Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at the Lodi Chamber of Commerce.

For more information contact the City of Lodi Public Works Department at 209-333-6706 or by email.