After consideration, Chattanooga won't test bike lanes on Frazier Avenue for now

Vehicles travel on Frazier Avenue on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, in Chattanooga, Tenn. A transportation design firm has suggested the city temporarily stripe Frazier Avenue before going through with proposed bike lanes that would reduce the road to two lanes and a turn lane.

A transportation design firm hired by the city to evaluate the potential traffic impact of bike lanes recommended the city conduct a pilot project on Frazier Avenue before making a final decision on the proposal to add bike lanes to the busy North Shore street.

Bike lane pilot projects consist of temporary road restripings or the placement of traffic cones and are frequently used to simulate the road conditions that installing bike lanes would create.

City transportation director Blythe Bailey said Thursday there are no plans for a temporary pilot project now, but such a pilot project would be considered if Frazier Avenue merchants are in favor of the idea.