COLUMBIA – Bicycle lanes are in the works for a stretch of Providence Road on the city's south side.
The Missouri Department of Transportation plans to resurface Providence Road and the shoulders from Business Loop 70 to Route K. The city would pay for the asphalt shoulders to be resurfaced and striped as bike lanes from Stadium Boulevard to Green Meadows Road.
Lawrence Simonson, PedNet Coalition's Safe Routes to School coordinator, agreed to cycle along Broadway and Providence Road with video cameras attached to his helmet and bike's handlebar for this report from November 2012. In the video, he demonstrates how to properly cycle along narrow streets.
Second Ward Councilman and cyclist Michael Trapp has cycled on that stretch of Providence Road. "That may be the worst place to ride a bike in town," he said. "I think it is important to get some shoulders there."
Trapp cited crumbling pavement that pushed riders toward the street and fast-moving vehicles as some of the issues facing cyclists on that stretch.
Mike Schupp, area engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation, said the work was expected to begin this summer with a tentative completion date of Aug. 15.
Schupp said the project was expected to cost the state $2.06 million with the city paying $175,000. City funds would come from the Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot Program known as GetAbout Columbia.
The funding needs approval of the City Council, and was introduced at Monday's meeting.
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