East Main Street

East Main Street Bike Lanes from Elizabeth Street to Alston Avenue



Location: E Main St, Elizabeth St to Alston Ave

Bike Facility: parking protected bike lanes, buffered bike lanes, 5’ bike lanes

Length: ~1,600 feet

Scope: East Main Street will be re-striped for bike lanes, parking and crosswalks between Elizabeth Street and Alston Avenue in coordination with a road resurfacing project. Driving lanes will be narrowed but turning lanes will remain at intersections with Elizabeth Street and Alston Avenue. Roadway designs that improve the convenience of bus service along the street may also be considered. All bus stops will remain at existing locations.

Public Engagement: Two preliminary designs have been drafted for public comment. Cross sections of the two design alternatives are illustrated in the below graphic. Preliminary designs can be viewed at the following links.

Option 1

Option 2

 An open house meeting for nearby property owners, residents and businesses will be scheduled in early February.

Timeline: A final street re-striping design for E Main Street will be selected in March 2020.  The restriping and resurfacing will take place in the Spring and Summer of 2020.

Purpose: Within East Main Street’s existing 40-foot cross section there is opportunity to reallocate space to improve access along the corridor for all users. The planned bike lanes on East Main Street will provide safe bicycling connections between East Durham neighborhoods and downtown Durham by linking several existing and proposed bike lanes. On-street parking will be preserved along one side of the street.  Pedestrian and bus rider safety will also be improved by narrowing driving lanes to discourage speeding and marking crosswalks. Two preliminary designs have been drafted for public comment.



Road Maintenance: City

Speed Limit: 35 mph

Pavement Width: 40 feet

Existing Cross Section: 2 vehicle lanes

Existing On-Street Parking: Both sides, unmarked (Morning Glory Ave to S Elm St)

Bus Service: 4 bus stops at Angier Ave / Morning Glory Ave and Stokes St served by Route 2 and Route 12 every 15 minutes (starting Jan. 2020)

Nearby Destinations: Downtown, Golden Belt, Alston Ave Commercial Corridor, Grocery Store