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Lafayette Finishing Up Bicycle And Pedestrian Master Plan

Christopher Sessums

The City of Lafayette is putting the finishing touches on its Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.

City planner Margy Deverall says the document took more than a year to complete.

She says officials are still seeking input from various stakeholders before finalizing the plan and prioritizing projects.

“We’re getting a lot of input from people who ride and who walk looking at routes that they are currently using that they would like to see improved," says Deverall. "Or routes that they would like to use that aren’t necessarily safe.”

Deverall says some projects may take place as part of scheduled improvements for area roads.

“And if the improvement on the road, for example bike lanes, is as simple as putting the lane markings down, when that road gets resurfaced is the time to do it," says Deverall. "So if it’s in the plan, it’s shown as a priority, then the cost of doing it is really pretty small at that point.”

Deverall says goals include increasing the number of people walking and biking as their means of everyday transportation, improving connections to common destinations such as parks, schools, and businesses, and educating motorists about sharing the road with pedestrians and cyclists.

She says this plan will complement the city’s Trails Master Plan, which focuses more on off-road facilities for bikers and walkers.

Deverall expects the final draft to be complete this summer.

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