local transportation system. The Euclid Avenue Bicycle Safety Committee (EABSC), formed by students and professors at Syracuse University and the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF), released a petition in hopes to redesign traffic infrastructure on Euclid
The EABSC also created a Euclid Avenue Bicycle Safety Plan that discusses their reasoning for a petition. The plan states: “Currently, ~500 cyclists cross through the intersection of Comstock and Euclid every day during the spring and fall. However, the current street design is unsafe for cyclists and cars. Alternate street parking and unclear lane markings force cyclists to weave in and out of parked cars, risking traffic and people emerging from parked cars.”
Euclid Avenue is the main road in the University area that many bicyclists use for their morning commute to school or work. There has been an increased level of worry about the safety of bicyclists and drivers. With the narrowness of the road that is further reduced from parked cars, there is little room for both bicyclists and
During this petition process, a serious bike accident occurred on Euclid Avenue that sent one bicyclist to Crouse Hospital. On October 30, a bicyclist was turning left and inadvertently ran into a moving vehicle. He had properly displayed a left turn hand signal that the motorist had not seen. Both, the motorist and the
bicyclist, were seemingly doing nothing wrong during this time.
According to Emanuel Carter, professor at SUNY ESF, the underlying problem is insufficient room for both modes of transportation. “When walking on Euclid every day I see two types of bicyclists, ones that are experienced and have difficulty with motorists, and bikers scared out of their mind they will get hit by a car making their bicycling very unsafe,” says Carter. “This will not change until designated bike lanes are established. People need to feel safe and encouraged to commute every day on a bike.”
Tina Nabutchi, assistant professor of public administration at Syracuse University, is working on the project and helped create the petition. Nabutchi says, “We thought 1,500 (signatures) would be enough to demonstrate interest in this. Hopefully it will either be approved or have city officials create a series of public discussions that would look at how to improve transportation on Euclid.”
As of November 7, there have been 784 signatures in support of the petition. This is an issue that University Hill citizens are standing up for and they need help to make Euclid Avenue safe for all modes of transportation. To find out more information, check out the Euclid Bike Lane Facebook page, the EABSC petition, or the Euclid Avenue Bicycle Safety Plan.