Two weeks ago, students held a rally-demanding safer bike routes. "We made it very clear. We need bike lanes and we need them now."
Texas Tech sophomore Stephen Sellers rides his bike to class every day. "If you notice on the curb here, this is what they consider their bike lane, this small strip of concrete. We don't need much room, just two to three feet to ride in."
Plans are already in the works to give Texas Tech bicyclists the safe zone they want, but a lack of funding means results won't be immediate. Art Glick, Texas Tech Executive Associate to the Vice President for Operations discusses proposed improvements. Glick says, "It's unfortunate, that they're probably not in the most convenient place where people would like to have access to the campus, but it's where we had money to begin improvements."
The plan is to make changes alongside additional construction projects. For example, the sidewalk next to the parking garage will be widened so it can accommodate both bicyclists and pedestrians entering campus from Flint and 19th Street.
Within two years, students will be able to cross the Brownfield Highway, via a pedestrian bridge over the future East West freeway. "The new pedestrian bridge will go across and land directly across from us and will provide access from apartments on the north side of campus and apartments on 4th Street to the south side of campus by this shared use path for bicycles and pedestrians," says Glick.
Additional plans are underway to create bike lanes along the roads inside the campus, creating a safer zone for bicyclists. Glick says, "We want people to understand Texas Tech is a bicycle friendly campus. That's where we're headed."
Texas Tech has applied for grant money to help pay for additional safety improvements and Art Glick says money will be the factor in when these projects are complete.
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