LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WLFI) – The city of Logansport is pedaling the way to become a more bicycle-friendly city. Bicycle lanes are the newest addition to hit downtown streets.
“We’ve had really nothing but positive comments to us, so far,” Mayor Dave Kitchell said.
Deputy Mayor Mercedes Brugh added, “It’s progressive for Logansport. It’s going to take some getting used to.”
Bicycle lanes were laid out along a three-block radius on Market Street and East Broadway. The lanes have been in commission for about three weeks, but not everybody is sure how to navigate around them.
“I think people really wanna know what they have to do to follow the laws, and we’re going to try to do some community education,” Kitchell said.
The current bike lanes were funded by the Indiana Department of Transportation. Not all signage and decals are in place just yet, but should be fairly soon.
“We’re still in the review stage at this point. We have to review how the public is handling this and what’s going on,” said Kitchell.
Bill Graybeal owns a business along East Broadway.
“I personally am going to drive in the bike lane until I see a bike, and then I’ll avoid it,” Graybeal said.
He said he doesn’t see many bicyclists downtown and isn’t 100 percent on board with the new lanes.
“I didn’t quite see the necessity for ’em, but we’ll see what happens — see if they get used,” said Graybeal.
Kitchell said, “What you want to do is to be able to make this safe for everybody — for pedestrians, for bicyclists, for drivers and for people that are familiar with the community and unfamiliar with the community.”
At this point, it’s trial and tribulation.
“We’ll have to gauge public interest and see what the public really wants,” said Kitchell.
There are plans to add more lanes in 2017, but lack of funding could cause a delay.