Town of Jackson staff will reinstall protected bicycle lanes along Snow King Avenue throughout next week, providing an added layer of safety for bicyclists on the popular east-west thoroughfare.
Jackson public information officer Carl Pelletier noted in a press release that Snow King Avenue is a primary bicycle route connecting downtown and East Jackson neighborhoods to such destinations as the Teton County Library, the Jackson/Teton County pathway system, public school campuses, and commercial and residential areas in West Jackson.
The bike lanes are created by using flexible plastic bollards — vertical posts often used to control road traffic — to “offset the bike lane from motor vehicle traffic, which provides improved safety and comfortable riding conditions for people of all ages and abilities,” Pelletier wrote in the release. The bicycle lanes will also be delineated with painted markings.
The layout of the lanes will be the same as last year. There will be protected lanes on Snow King Avenue from Cache Street to Scott Lane, which will continue on Scott Lane and Maple Way to connect with the beginning of the Garaman Pathway that runs along Flat Creek.
The dedicated bicycle lanes, which Pathways Coordinator Brian Schilling said will remain in place until the fall — typically mid- to late-October — are part of the Town of Jackson’s commitment to providing safe mobility options for both residents and visitors.
“The town recognizes that a functional, equitable transportation system that meets the needs of all users is one that includes safe facilities which enable people of all ages and abilities to walk, bike, ride transit, or drive safely and comfortably through their community,” Pelletier said.