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Planned Bulldog Boulevard Safety Improvements Move Forward

In 2015, Provo City announced a concept to improve safety on Bulldog Boulevard by adding raised center medians and converting one lane in each direction into buffered, or separated, bicycle lanes. Project design is now underway with construction anticipated in Spring 2019.

The Bulldog Boulevard Improvements project will increase safety along the corridor, reduce the number of vehicle crashes, and enhance aesthetics of the boulevard itself. The improvements align with Provo City's Complete Streets vision that helps the community feel safe using sidewalks and bike lanes, maintains efficient traffic flow and services for drivers, and provides access for all modes of travel.


Join Us!

Our team will be visiting businesses along the corridor this week and we invite you to join us for a public meeting at Provo High School on May 21 from 6-8pm. Bring your family to learn about the planned improvements. In conjunction with Bike Month, the Provo Bicycle Committee will host a bicycle rodeo, a drawing for a chance to win one of two free bicycle helmets from the Utah County Health Department and provide bicycle safety information.


Project Description

Planned project improvements remain similar to the concept shown in 2015 and include adding raised medians that will shift left turn movements to signalized intersections. The project will also physically separate bicycles from motorized vehicles. The protected bicycle lanes will also free up the sidewalks and improve pedestrian safety. Medians will be landscaped where space allows.


Driveways, intersection turning pockets and other areas where bicycles and vehicles must cross paths will be defined for increased awareness and safety. Motorists accessing businesses on the opposite side of Bulldog Boulevard will still be able to safely make left turns and U-turns at any of the existing intersections.


Additionally, a new signalized intersection will be added at 400 West. Traffic signals throughout the corridor will be adjusted to accommodate the change in traffic patterns.


Contact Us

The Bulldog Boulevard public involvement team is available to answer your questions. Please give us a call at 888-966-6624, or email us at provobulldogblvd@gmail.com. To stay up to date on the project, subscribe to email updates at provobulldogblvd@gmail.com.

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dan
dan
Jun 07, 2018

I have spent years commuting on my bicycle in the past and I should do more of it still. With that perspective, let me voice some concerns about the direction that Provo is taking in many "improvements" being considered and studied. The long-term view is being obscured by feel-good concepts that do not translate to overall benefits to society.

I think the proposed Bulldog Boulevard Safety project is a very bad idea with good intent. Bulldog Boulevard is one of the few east/west corridors in Provo. To reduce the traffic capacity of Bulldog/1200 North would disrupt traffic significantly and put more traffic pressure on other back streets. Limiting the accessibility to left turns into businesses on Bulldog would impact…

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Jamie Cummings
Jamie Cummings
May 23, 2018

Anything that adds bike lanes has my support. I believe there is an open house tonight about 500W that I can't attend, but please note that I emphatically support bike lanes there as well, and I waiting for the bike lanes to go in on University so I can start biking to work safely on a regular basis.

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cautious optimist
May 22, 2018

For other cities who have done similar things, please see the case studies at the link below. There are certainly trade offs. Keeping the status quo vs this proposal will change the whole character of Bulldog Blvd. I understand that is hard to visualize. It seems to me after reading some of these case studies that although auto traffic times do increase in the vast majority of them (some they do go down), it is an excellent trade off for the increased safety both in less overall accidents as well as reduction in injury severity (70% fewer accidents in one of the case studies) Bicycle use increased (in one study three times more cyclists after) which could offset the number of…

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johnrberry
May 22, 2018

Any project that removes lanes in Provo should be an absolute nonstarter. Last I checked traffic isn't getting better.

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mwheelwright5
May 22, 2018

I think this is a fabulous concept. I am sad that I wasn't able to attend the meeting last night, but hope it was productive and well-attended. These are important discussions for areas of our city that are changing rapidly. Even though I am not a serious "bike-enthusiast" and spend a lot of time in the car, the redesign, a road-diet as it were, is a wonderful approach to making that area more hospitable and inviting to all. I hope this is done well in its final execution so that other areas of the city (namely: University Ave) follow. Abandoning the suicide lanes is valuable for our safety. Reducing widths and speeds can allow more pedestrian activity, but only if…

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