At Lower Saucon Township Council’s Dec. 2 meeting, township manager Jack Cahalan announced that additional fencing is supposed to be installed at the Meadows Road crossing on the Saucon Rail Trail.
Cahalan said the new split-rail fencing at the Meadows Road trail crossing will force bicycle riders to slow down.
The additional obstacle was recommended following an accident earlier this year in which a cyclist was hit by a car at that crossing, he said.
The trail crossings in Hellertown borough and Upper Saucon Township already have fencing that forces riders to make a “chicane-style” movement, slowing them down in the process, he noted.
A chicane is defined in Wikipedia as “an artificial feature creating extra turns in a road, used in motor racing and on streets to slow traffic for safety.”
Cahalan said the township’s public works department will install the fencing, likely over the winter months.
“They’re for safety purposes… They’re not to impede anybody,” he said of the fencing. “You can bike through it, but it would be at a slower speed.”