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Plumas Corridor Safety Improvements

The Reno City Council has approved safety improvements for Plumas Street between Plumb Lane and Moana Lane that include lane configuration changes on a trial basis. The work will be done in conjunction with the slurry seal program the week of September 10. This project is intended to reduce accidents, slow traffic, and provide space and safety for all users, with no impact to operations.

There will be an adjustment period of several months associated with this change. RTC will be monitoring the signal timing to make sure traffic moves smoothly especially during peak periods. If you are experiencing excessive delays call 335-ROAD (7623) and let us know where and when you are having problems. The center turn lane can be used for a short distance as a merge lane. The Queues may be longer at times but the traffic will be slower and safer.  

The documents below include the new striping layout and a traffic study and Road Safety Audit done for the corridor. 

A New Look and Improved Safety for California Avenue, Arlington Avenue, Holcomb Avenue and Mill Street

Several local streets are more welcoming to bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists following a June 2010 makeover. Using a traffic management tool known as a road diet, sections of California, Arlington and Holcomb avenues and Mill Street now sport one lane in each direction, a center turn lane and bike lanes. California Avenue’s road diet section is from Mayberry Drive to South Virginia Street.

Arlington Avenue’s road diet area is from Skyline Drive to First Street. The Holcomb Avenue segment is between South Virginia and Mill streets. On Mill Street, the new look is from Lake Street to Wells Avenue. Road lane narrowing allows for the addition of bike lanes to several sections of Mill Street between Wells Avenue and Rock Boulevard.

Road diets and shared lanes are ways to create complete streets, a concept that designs roads for users of all ages, modes and mobilities. Complete streets have the potential to improve economic development and the quality of life for neighborhoods in the region.

The road diet provides opportunities to increase on-street parking which benefits motorists and businesses. The safety and improved flow are especially beneficial on roads like California and Arlington with lots of driveways and side streets. Moving the people making turns out of the traffic stream improves flow and reduces rear end collisions. 

What is a Road Diet?

A road diet reduces the number of lanes from four to two with a center turn lane, bike lanes and parking lanes. Recently Victorian and Wells avenues and Mayberry Drive were reconfigured using this traffic technique.

How can a road with fewer lanes carry the same amount of traffic?

In a three-lane configuration there is always one lane for driving and one lane for turning. That helps make driving safer with fewer crashes and frustrations. With these improvements, a three-lane road can handle the same amount of traffic as a four-lane road.

How does a road diet make walking safer?

Pedestrians have to cross only three lanes of traffic, not four. There are fewer blind spots when there is only one lane in each direction. There is less sight blockage by cars. Vehicle speeds are lower in a three-lane road diet.

How does a road diet make biking safer?

Bicyclists and pedestrians can better share the road and can be seen more easily.

Road Diet Benefits 

  • Reduced vehicle speeds 
  • Reduced vehicle crash potential 
  • Improved sight distance 
  • Improved pedestrian facilities 
  • Improved bicycle facilities 
  • More on-street parking
What is a Shared Lane Marking?

A shared lane is identified with a new type of pavement marking that directs bicycles and vehicles in the same lane. The new shared lane markings are known as “sharrows.” Green pavement will be used to emphasize the bikeway portion, an arrow and bicycle symbol also appears on the pavement.

Are bicycles supposed to move to the right?

Not always. According to the Nevada Revised Statutes, bicyclists operating on roadways at less than the normal speed of traffic shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable. Exceptions are when bicyclists have a designated lane, can travel at a speed equal to nearby traffic, are preparing for a left turn or avoiding unsafe conditions such as parked cars, or when doing so would not be safe. If it would be unsafe for both a vehicle and bicyclist to travel in the same lane together because existing lanes are too narrow, a bicyclist may use the full lane.

If I see these markings in a lane, is the lane only for bikes?

No. The marking is used for shared lanes; lanes that are used by bicyclists and motorists. Shared lanes are different than bike lanes which are set aside for bicyclists and are marked by a solid white line and a different symbol.

Why use green pavement?

Green pavement makes it easy to see and provides extra emphasis going from a bike lane to a shared use lane. 

For more information, call RTC Engineering at (775) 348-0171 or contact us by email.

For bicycling safety information and to view the Truckee Meadows Bike Map, visit the Bicycling section of RTC SMART TRIPS.