I have been wondering for years when Fillmore Avenue was going to get repaved as I often travel on the street on my way to the Central Terminal. It was a great day a few weeks ago, when turning onto the street, I was greeted with fresh asphalt being laid, but I was also worrisome. Fillmore Avenue is a perfect east side arterial to have bike lanes. It’s much too wide considering the amount of traffic not to accommodate cyclists.
Thankfully, about two weeks after the paving, bike lanes and markings were added to the street. Rather than two lanes of traffic in either direction, the street now has one lane in either direction, designated parking spots on either side, and bike lanes on both sides of the street.
The repaving stretches from Humboldt Park (MLK Park) all the way down to William Street for a grand total of about 1.3 miles. It’s a welcome addition to a part of town that is often shortchanged.
One-third of all households in Buffalo do not have access to a vehicle. If you spend any amount of time on the east side, you’ll notice that there is a significant cyclist population. Since a lot of that one-third is concentrated on the east side, it’s nice to see alternative transportation infrastructure being considered and implemented. Since these photos have been taken, the cyclist symbol has been added to the bike lanes.
For more photos of the Broadway Fillmore neighborhood, check out my Flickr page here.