PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - The City of Phoenix is looking for the community's input on a proposed project that would reduce lanes on Central Avenue from Bethany Home Road to the Arizona Canal. The city is looking to increase safety and make more space for bicyclists along Murphy's Bridle Path. "Taking it from two vehicle lanes in each direction, to just one in each direction with a two-way center turn lane in the middle and buffered bicycle lanes on both sides," said Ashley Patton with the City of Phoenix Street Transportation Department.
Brandan Donohue exercises on Murphy's Bridle Path every week. He said the move would make the path safer for runners. "You always got to watch out, like look behind all the time." Meanwhile, others aren't thrilled about the proposed changes. "Just sounds like it is going to increase traffic over there. Central is going to be bogged down to one lane each way, doesn't sound great," said Kelly Scott, a runner along the trail Friday.
The City of Phoenix Street Transportation is holding a virtual meeting on May 20 at 6 p.m. to discuss the proposal. For more information, click here.