70th Street Neighborhood Bikeway Study
As part of the city’s effort to provide a comfortable and connected bicycle network throughout the city, Scottsdale Transportation is conducting a Neighborhood Bikeway Study for the 70th Street Corridor between Continental Drive/Roosevelt Road to the south and Main Street to the north. This 2.5-mile corridor will connect Tempe to Old Town Scottsdale, connect the corridor to nearby biking routes and serve neighborhoods along 70th Street.
The study is a community-driven project that aims to analyze existing conditions, gather public input and develop a preliminary design for corridor improvements. Any future design or construction projects to improve the corridor would require additional funding.
The study prioritizes cyclist comfort and will address the following issues along the corridor:
- Bicycling gaps
- Lack of route signs and wayfinding
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility
- Utility, draining and flooding challenges
The design study is funded through the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Design Assistance Program.
The first project virtual public meeting was held on this page in November 2020. The following materials were presented at the meeting:
The second project virtual public meeting was held on this page in March 2021. The following materials were presented at the meeting:
Tentative Project Schedule
|December 2019||Study began|
|January 2020||Data collection along the corridor|
|March 2020||Data analysis and assessment of existing conditions|
|Nov. 17 - 30||Virtual public meeting 1: Gather public input|
|March 2021||Virtual public meeting 2: Analyze public input|
|Spring 2021||Study completion|
Why is the city considering developing 70th Street into a neighborhood bikeway when 68th Street, Scottsdale Road, the Crosscut Canal, and the Indian Bend Wash all already provide north/south connectivity for biking and walking?
An ideal bike network provides several parallel routes to serve each neighborhood, much like our corridors that serve vehicles and buses. 70th Street is ¼-mile from 68th Street and Scottsdale Road. While both of these roads have bike lanes, they also have higher traffic volumes and speeds that discourage their use by less confident bike riders. 70th Street has the potential to provide an additional, lower-stress linkage from the neighborhood that is connected to the larger bikeway network.
Once the design is complete, how long will it take for the recommended improvements to be implemented?
The 70th Street Neighborhood Bikeway Study only funds concepts for improving the corridor. Further design, construction or implementation of any recommended improvements would likely happen in phases and would require additional funding, public input, planning and council approval.
The 0.2% Transportation Sales Tax would likely fund future improvements. The city can also apply for federal funding for these types of improvements, which is a competitive process.
Any future improvements will include an advertised public input phase. You can also fill out the public comment form to be added to an email notification list for updates related to improving bike facilities in the corridor.
Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) funds the study through the Design Assistance Program. This funding program assists cities by providing 15% level of design concepts and public outreach to determine the feasibility of projects and develop multiple options.
Any recommended improvements are required to be within city of Scottsdale right-of-way, and the roadway will not be widened.
What if I don’t like some of the recommended improvements/concept design? Is this my only chance to provide input before changes are made?
Once we gather public input during the first virtual public open house of the 70th Street Neighborhood Bikeway Study, we will present the input we received at the second virtual public open house, tentatively scheduled for December. That will be another opportunity to provide input. Implementation of any recommended improvements would require additional funding, likely in phases. Each improvement or improvement phase would go through a separate public input process.
The second virtual public open house will share public input received from the first virtual public open house, present the design alternatives, and gather additional input.