Friday, March 23, 2007

Yesterday's Messenger-Inquirer had an update on adding bikes lanes to Owensboro city streets. Earlier this week, City Commissioners took a bus tour to inspect many miles of the proposed 30-mile network of bike lanes. The city is expected to begin striping 5-foot-wide bike lanes in May. During weekdays, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., vehicle parking will not be allowed on streets that have bike lanes. Parking on the street will be allowed on weekends and holidays.

Although Susan Fowler, Main Street Manger with the city's Community Development Department, stated that the bike lanes are not geared towards recreational bicyclists, but for people who use bicycles as alternative transportation, I am hopeful that more people will begin riding around the city and the Greenbelt park for work AND fun. Personally, I applaud people who use bikes as their primary transportation. I'm not even close to that, but am trying to commute by bike more often. Hopefully, the bikes lanes will just be a more visible prompt for people to see that bikes belong on the street and can be quite useful for short trips around town.

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