Transportation plan looks to improve bicycle, pedestrian traffic

Lancaster

There are bike lanes scattered all over Lancaster, and soon there could be more. 

A recently completed Active Transportation Plan builds on what a study suggested years ago. It suggests ways to make Lancaster more walkable and more bike friendly.

“This takes those recommendations one step further and identifies more of a complete bike network for the city,” city engineer Cindy McCormick said.

A big suggestion this time is to make major streets, Walnut and Chestnut Streets, safer for bikes.

“It’s trying to make better use of the space that we have,” McCormick said. “On Chestnut and Walnut, it could be striping a new bike lane.”

The plan is not yet in stone. It also suggests more walking trails across Lancaster County.

Administrators are looking for feedback on the plan which would shape construction projects moving forward.

Amy Crystale, an avid cyclist, says she likes the idea of making it easier for bicycles to get around in the city. 

“I think bike lanes are great,” Cyrstale said. “The more bicyclists that are out on the road, the more motorists realize that’s where bicyclists belong.”

The meeting to provide feedback on the plan is set for March 4, from 5-7 p.m., at Lancaster City Hall.

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