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Bike lanes planned for Shreveport Common

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The Shreveport Common Sub-Area Bicycle-Pedestrian Pathway Plan may soon bring safe pathways for biking and walking. The Shreveport Common Sub-Area Bicycle-Pedestrian Pathway Plan may soon bring safe pathways for biking and walking.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

It's a loss that won't be forgotten. In March, 16-year-old Divorious Magee was riding his bike, when he failed to yield at a stop sign, and was hit by a car. He later died.

Now, his accident has set off a petition that has over 600 signatures pushing for bike lanes to be implemented to city streets.The Magee Family's Pastor, R. A. Hampton, spoke with KSLA about it,"if bike lanes will prevent just one family from grieving the loss of a child due to an accident, then by all means let's get the resources together."

There is good news because something is already being done. Bike racks are being put up in preparation for a network of bike lanes and shared lanes that are already past the planning stages, and are being sent to DOTD for approval, and it all started at the corner of Texas Street, and Louisiana Avenue at the Northwest Louisiana Council of Government.

It's called the Shreveport Common Sub-Area Bicycle-Pedestrian Pathway Plan. It's not the result of a petition, but has been coordinated for about 3 years now as a way to develop Shreveport while also offering a safe pathway for people to walk and bike, says Northwest Louisiana Council of Government's Chris Petro, "the safety component of it is very critical. It's the reason why you do these things."

The plan will provide a safe connection from Shreveport neighborhoods to the Common area, "bike sharrows, bike lanes, signage, those sorts of things that don't cost a lot of money when you implement them, but they sure do make a huge different to get people to, not only to encourage people to use those facilities, but also to make the automobile public know that they are there. That bicyclists, and pedestrians are there."

The project will include 19 bike lane symbols, 22 signs, 58 sharrow symbols, and over 24,000 feet of paint for stripes. The estimated cost is about 110-thousand dollars, which the city will only pay 20% of, and the rest will be federally funded. Petro hopes improvements will begin later this year.

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