Bicycle Lanes in the Plans for South Abilene

By Courtney Burris | cburris@krbc.tvg

Published 05/05 2014 06:25PM

Updated 05/05 2014 06:40PM

On Thursday the Abilene City Council will decide whether or not to partner with TxDot on a 1.1 million dollar project that includes sidewalks, ramps, and bike lanes on south 11th Street. The project spans from Treadaway to Elmwood on South 11th.

"I think most cyclists would applaud this and be thankful that steps are being made in that direction" says cyclist, Coleman Patterson.

"They have been talking about it for many years and had plans on the books for a long time, so its exciting to see some money headed that direction" says cyclist and owner of Biketown, Jim MacDonald.

Bike lanes are something that Abilene drivers are not used to, which is what concerns some cyclists. "Its important for cyclists to not have that false sense of security that they may see in a bike lane. You are not protected by just a line on the road" says MacDonald.

While many cyclists are excited to hear of the bike lane plans, some have expressed concerns about the location. Richard McLamore rides his bike to work each day and is glad that the city is following through with these bike plans, but thinks there could be a better location. "South 11th is so narrow for most of its run, from Treadaway to about Sayles, and its really an impractical street to ride on."

McLamore says that it is not the experienced riders he is worried about, he fears that beginning cyclists that try out South 11th for their first rides may feel that the street is too narrow to ride on, which in turn, may make them not use the lanes anymore.

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