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Ripon adding bike lane along Second Street for $15,000
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Another bike lane is planned for the City of Ripon.

The proposed Second Street Bike Path & Improvements would include a new Class II path striping and signage along Second Street between Stockton Avenue and Palm Avenue – just a block or so south of the downtown area.

“This bike path is intended to connect to the Jack Tone Road bike path through Wilma Avenue between Second and Fourth streets,” said Elizabeth Quilici at the June 9 City Council meeting.

She noted that the goals of the bike path would be “to install traffic calming measure to improve the mobility, access and safety for the bikeways and walkways.”

Elected leaders gave staff the go-ahead to complete the Active Transportation Program grant application, and authorize Mayor Jake Parks to ink the Measure K Renewal Cooperative Agreement with San Joaquin Council of Governments in order to receive funding for grant application development assistance.

They also gave Parks the OK to sign the General Services Agreement with GHD, Inc. to provide grant writing services not exceeding $15,000.

Quilici indicated that the bike path would fall under Safe Routes to School projects, calling for improved safety of children walking or bicycling to school as well as providing safe routes – biking or walking – to mass transportation facilities and school bus stops.

ATP funding is often very competitive, with scoring geared towards benefiting disadvantaged communities.

Ripon, in the past, was successful in receiving regional component ATP funds for the River Road and Fulton Avenue intersection improvement project, Quilici said.

“Staff has identified the Second Street Bike & Improvements as a potential project, which would be eligible for funding within the ATP,” she added.

The project, in addition, would feature Class III bike path striping and signage installed on Second Street between Palm an Wilma avenues as well as Acacia Avenue between Second Street and Doak Boulevard, with further enhancements consisting of placing intersection bulb outs to reduce the pedestrian crossing distance to help slow down vehicle traffic on Second Street – bulb outs would be installed on Second Street at the intersections of Palm, Acacia and Locust, Quilici said.

She provided a “very preliminary” estimated cost for the proposed project at $695,000, with the Measure K Renewal ATP grant application ($20,000), Street & Road Environmental ($5,000), Street & Road Design ($20,000), and ATP grant construction ($650,000) being the funding source component.