Council OKs bicycle lanes
By MATT OLBERDING / Lincoln Journal Star
If things fall into place, University of Nebraska-Lincoln students could have an added incentive to bike to campus when classes begin this month.
The Lincoln City Council on Monday approved adding bicycle lanes to two downtown streets â€” 11th Street south from Q to K, and 14th Street north from L to R. Several council members said they thought the lanes were important to make cyclists feel safe while riding downtown and, potentially, to increase the number of people riding bikes.
â€œBicyclists have really needed something like this downtown for a long time,â€ said council member Jonathan Cook.
The city hopes to have the 6-foot-wide lanes ready before UNL classes start; at the latest, they would be ready by mid-September.
The project will cost about $20,000 and fits in the annual budget for road striping.
While the lanes are meant to be permanent, council members did approve an amendment by council member Robin Eschliman to examine the lanes in a year and make changes if needed.
Council member Ken Svoboda cast the lone vote against the lanes, saying he didnâ€™t see a lot of accidents downtown involving bicyclists and didnâ€™t think the lanes would make things any safer.
â€œI highly promote bicycle usage, I just donâ€™t think this makes it any safer in the downtown area,â€ he said.