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City of Lubbock planning new paths for bikes, pedestrians

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Lubbock may soon become a more bike and pedestrian-friendly city

David Jones, Executive Director of the Lubbock Metropolitan Planning Organization says they are working on drafting a Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan project.

He says they will study the entire city and county of Lubbock to figure out where we could use additional bike trails and walking routes throughout the community.

"We recognize that there is a lot more emphasis today on bicycling and walking as a mode of transportation. And so our effort here is to analyze what kind of traffic we have between for example Texas Tech and downtown through the Overton addition," Jones said.

Jones says the city's bike and pedestrian plan hasn't been fully updated since 1987.

“Well I think our plan needs some improvement, obviously. We’re behind the power curve, we need to catch up. We need to make sure that we have ample opportunity for our folks to ride their bikes and to walk wherever they need to go and do whatever they need to do,” Jones said.

He said they will focus especially on the areas with the most outdoor activity.

“We’ll look at Tech, we’ll look at downtown, we’ll look at the Overton area, we’ll look at the new outer route, we’ll look at loop 289 and all of the neighborhoods around the loop to see what can be done there,” Jones said.

Jones says TxDOT is still reviewing the plan, and says they hope to have it approved during the 2017 fiscal year.

He says once they get the green light, the project would take about 18 months to complete.

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