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October 18, 2013

City of Plattsburgh considers adding bike lanes

PLATTSBURGH — A group of residents and business owners are urging City of Plattsburgh leaders to consider adding bicycle lanes to a busy north-end street.

“The road is four lanes of traffic, and some cars just gun through there,” Diana Wardell, a member of the citizens’ group Plattsburgh Acquiring Safe Streets, said at last week’s council meeting.

“It’s not safe for bikers and pedestrians.”

The group would like to see designated bicycle lanes added to a 3/4-mile section of Margaret Street from Georgia-Pacific to the city line just north of Scomotion Creek.

The new lanes, the group says, would help connect the Karen Fleury Memorial Bike Path north of the city and the Terry Gordon Memorial Bike Path on the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base property.

WOULD FUND STUDY

It would also make biking on Margaret Street safer, help motorists realize the area is residential, as well as business and commercial, and it would eliminate the need for bikers to ride on sidewalks, potentially disrupting pedestrians, they say.

The group presented Mayor Donald Kasprzak and the council a detailed booklet with a wide range of information about bike paths in general, letters of support from a dozen businesses and housing developments and a petition with about 350 signatures.

The group also offered to pay about $5,000 for an official traffic study of the corridor to see if adding bike lanes could feasibly be done.

“We are not just another self-interest group with an agenda that comes here to complain,” Wardell said.

“We wanted to come here with a solution.”

‘WOULD CONNECT PATHS’

Included in the packet supplied to the council is a link to a seven-minute video about the street in question and how implementing a “Road Diet” to slim the vehicular lanes and add bike lanes could improve traffic for both motor vehicles, as well as bikers and walkers.

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