LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)—One third of people in this country don't drive; Thursday Common Council took the next step in adopting the bicycle and pedestrian master plan to encourage people to use alternative transportation.
A few ideas from the bike plan are to turn King Street into a bike boulevard, meaning most traffic would be diverted to other streets leaving King open for bikes, reduce the speeds on Losey Boulevard and West Avenue so people can cross the streets safer and teaching bicycle safety in schools.
Bike and Pedestrian Plan Consultant John LaPlante, Vice President of T.Y. Lin International, shared some of those ideas during the Committee of the Whole Meeting Thursday, which met before the council meeting.
He said council approving the ordinance doesn't commit them to spending all of that money.
"What it does do is it says this is our overall plan this is the direction we want to go from there its like the foundation you can build on," LaPlante said.
He said the next step is for the city to prioritize what they want to do and where they want to invest money.
"What we've identified are things you can do fairly easily with low cost," LaPlante said. "Putting in signing, You've already got several miles of bicycle lanes and shared lane streets, but there's no signs that tell you where they go so people don't know about them and they're not using them."
He said if people knew where a certain bike trail/lane took them, more people would be out on their bikes.
Click here to see the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.
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