Bulldog Boulevard is an important part of Provo City’s transportation network. Many different types of travelers use this road – cars, trucks, pedestrians, and bicyclists. It hosts a wonderful mix of businesses from restaurants and shopping, to recreation, health care, and schools.
In recent years, crashes on Bulldog Boulevard have increased. A recent traffic study showed that the crash rate on Bulldog Boulevard is over three times the statewide average and vehicle/bicycle accidents are higher here than most other parts of Provo. The traffic study also showed that 50% of bicycle/vehicle crashes on Bulldog Boulevard might have been avoided if cyclists were riding in the roadway rather than on the sidewalk where they’re less visible.
The major cause of crashes on Bulldog Boulevard has been left turns across multiple lanes of traffic. To improve safety on Bulldog Boulevard, Provo City plans to add center-running planted medians and protected bicycle lanes. Adding planted medians to Bulldog Boulevard will increase safety by prohibiting left turns between traffic signals. Motorists accessing businesses on the opposite side of Bulldog Boulevard will still be able to safely make left turns and U-turns at any of the existing intersections and traffic signals will be adjusted to accommodate the change in traffic patterns.
Bulldog Boulevard will be reduced to two lanes in each direction to accommodate these improvements. The traffic study showed that converting the outside lane to a bicycle lane will minimally impact traffic flow on Bulldog Boulevard and intersections, even using 2040 traffic projections, which account for growth in the area.
The center-running planted median and bike lanes on either side will be protected from vehicles by a raised planter area. The planters will be landscaped with trees, plants, and flowers adding an improved aesthetic feel to the area.
To improve safety, some properties’ driveways may be consolidated to reduce the number of conflict locations. The drawing below shows those conflict areas in green. Provo City is still confirming the appropriate method to highlight these areas for motorists and cyclists alike.
Provo City’s goal for Bulldog Boulevard enhancements is to improve safety for all roadway users. The Bulldog Boulevard project can do that while improving the overall aesthetic look and feel of the corridor and adding a safer, more usable bicycle facility at the same time.