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As a result of education and advocacy efforts by the Partnership for a Healthier Southwest Louisiana, the City of Lake Charles recently passed a Complete Streets Policy. That policy is already translating in to healthier infrastructure improvement. Check out video and press release from The City of Lake Charles below!
Bike paths will soon connect Prien Lake Road with the downtown area and I-10 along Kirkman Street. Another trail is being striped along Pujo Street between Kirkman and Bilbo Streets. Mayor Nic Hunter says it is the beginning of many trails the city hopes to construct over the next several years. The project is part of an effort to implement the city’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, which was approved by the City Council and addresses some of the initiatives stemming from the City’s recently adopted Completed Streets policy. “Many of these bike paths can be created simply by restriping our existing roadways. We’ve identified the paths most likely to be used by cyclists and have matched them with roadways that need restriping, so that many of these trails can be created without additional dollars. They’re streets that we can use more efficiently,” stated Mayor Nic Hunter. To accommodate the new trail, Pujo Street will be restriped into a one-lane road between Kirkman and Bilbo Streets explained Planning Director Mike Huber. A parking lane will be added on the north side of Pujo between the bike lane and the curb. “Lake Charles is going to be a more livable, more walkable, more bikeable community,” said Huber. “We’re trying to support that with the addition of bike lanes annually.” Some stretches of Kirkman won’t allow for a bike lane, so a shared lane for cars and bicyclists will be implemented for those areas. The city plans to add more bike paths in future years. The goal is to extend the Kirkman Street path down to McNeese Street, creating a corridor that smaller paths can join. The Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan can be reviewed at www.cityoflakecharles.com. For more information, please contact 337-491-1429.”