Muirfield Drive might be the first road in Dublin to get bike lanes.

Muirfield Drive might be the first road in Dublin to get bike lanes.

Dublin City Council last week voted 6-1 to approve the staff recommendation to add bike lanes to the outside edge of Muirfield Drive. Mayor Tim Lecklider cast the dissenting vote.

Timing, however, has yet to be addressed in the capital improvement program.

The recommendation came after staff members took two options to the public: widening the road on the outside for $1.46 million or widening the inside of the road for $1.79 million.

Both options place the 5-foot bike lanes on the outside edge of the road.

City engineer Paul Hammersmith said attendance at a public meeting on the project was "rather sparse," but comments received by the city showed the most support for widening the outside of Muirfield Drive for the addition of bike lanes.

"We received a letter of support from the Muirfield Association (for the option)," he said.

The bike lanes will give cyclists a 5-foot lane on the outside edge of Muirfield Drive, beside the lanes used by motorists.

"These are for more experienced cyclists that want to get through the community," Hammersmith said.

Some council members questioned spending $1.46 million to widen the road and whether the bike lanes would be used.

"I'd like to see some numbers on this before and after," Michael Keenan said.

Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher asked why cyclists and vehicles could not share the road, as she sees in other communities.

"We could do a shared-use lane, but it's not recommended," Hammersmith said, adding that it gives cyclists a false sense of security.

"We're spending a lot of money to do this," Chinnici-Zuercher said. "We should do everything we can to educate people on this."

Council member John Reiner said the addition of bike lanes on Muirfield Drive would give cyclists a route from north to south.

"You can go south at Glick Road to Avery Road, then all the way down Cramer on the bike lane and trails," Hammersmith said.

Vice Mayor Amy Salay said bike lanes were suggested by the Bicycle Advisory Task Force.

"The goal with the (task force) is to make the community more bike-friendly, and, to me, this is the first step," she said.

Lecklider said he was struggling with the cost of adding bike lanes when motorists could pass cyclists on the two-lane road. Paths also run through Muirfield, he said.

Hammersmith said the paths are not city-owned.

The project also would include the relocation of streetlights on Muirfield Drive. Hammersmith said American Electric Power owns the lights, and the city could request that the company move them for the project. The city pays AEP for the lights, Hammersmith said, so taking ownership of the streetlights and converting them to LED lights also is an option.

The plan also includes the construction of a multi-use trail from Brand Road to Moors Place for $178,000.

Council voted to proceed with the staff recommendation, which means bike lanes for Muirfield Drive would be designed and constructed in 2013, per the capital improvement program.

Council members are sifting through requests and have yet to approve the five-year plan.